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Premier League

9 April 2012

Aston Villa v Stoke: expect a tight affair at Villa Park

Villa have struggled at home in recent weeks while Stoke are ropey on the road

Aston Villa v Stoke: expect a tight affair at Villa Park

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Aston Villa head into this game just six points off the relegation zone and face a Stoke side who ended a dire run of form with a come-from-behind victory against Wolves at the weekend.

However, the previous few meetings between these sides have been incredibly tight affairs and this too promises to be a battle right until the final whistle…

Match odds

Aston Villa are the favourites at 5/4 to pick up an important three points on the road to safety and, based on the Potters’ recent away record, it’s easy to see why.

Tony Pulis’ men have not won away from the Britannia in six games and have won just four Premier League games on the road all term.

However, Villa have won just one of their last nine on home soil and, with three of the last four encounters between these sides ending in a draw, this looks poised to be a close clash.

The draw at 11/5 could be the bet to take on, while a win for Stoke can also be backed at the same price.

Goal markets

With Villa hitting just seven goals in their last nine home games and Stoke having the worst away attack in the division, goals look like being hard to come by this evening.

Backing under 2.5 goals at 8/13 looks worth consideration at 8/13.

Meanwhile, the last encounter between these sides saw the game finish 1-1 and the same score can be backed this time out at a decent looking 8/1.

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