Southampton boosted to beat Aston Villa with both teams scoring

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A quick scan of our betting preview for Aston Villa’s game against Southampton on Monday night tells you that the Saints are going to win, they are going to do it to nil and that there will be goals aplenty.

However, those punts may not be to everyone’s taste, especially the clean sheet aspect, and so this promotion could well be of interest.

Ladbrokes have taken the generous decision to boost the price of Ronald Koeman’s side winning at Villa Park and both teams finding the net from 10/3 to 9/2.

Now, the stats say that Villa haven’t scored a goal in six of their last seven games in the top flight. The stats also say that Southampton have kept a clean sheet that same number of times in their last eight games, the last four of which have been wins to nil.

But what are stats? Are they the betting blueprint with which to meticulously live your life? No, not in the slightest.

In a sport where Burnley can win a game in the Premier League, Aston Villa can certainly score a goal against Southampton, even if they do have the fewest goals at home of any team in the top-flight.

Besides, both teams have lashed one home in half of the pair’s last six meetings and Southampton’s supposedly solid defence has shipped in three of their five trips away from St Mary’s this season.

The league’s second best team are certain to win, there’s little doubting that. Whether you think they will concede a goal remains the question and, if you sway towards the affirmative, then this could be the bet for you.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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