We’ve backed Aston Villa to win their last two matches against Forest and Burton and the Villains have duly obliged. Steve Bruce’s side is now on a three-game winning run, and that can be expected to continue this weekend against rock-bottom Bolton.
As predicted, the Villains are putting together a string of results and it might be worth riding the bandwagon for a few weeks as they surge up the table. John Terry’s new team are now 8th on the Championship ladder, but are just two points off the top six and seven points off leaders Cardiff. They welcome a Bolton side to Villa park which has lost 8 of 10 league games so far and is yet to find a win.
Cardiff have bounced back from a three-game winless run to put together back-to-back wins over Sunderland and Leeds. Neil Warnock’s men are riding the crest of a wave at the top of the English second tier, and it should pay to side with the Bluebirds when they welcome Derby to Wales on Saturday. The Rams are 15th in the table and have only won once in the last six games.
We also backed Nottingham Forest in midweek to combine with Fulham for over 2.5 goals. The Cottagers ran out 3-1 winners in the end to secure the bet, and a similar strategy will be deployed this week when Forest host Sheffield United. The Blades are flying high in second place after a midweek win over Wolves, albeit they were helped by the visitors going down to ten men after 15 minutes. Nonetheless, after a 4-2 victory over arch rivals Wednesday it’s been a good week for Blades fans and another goal fest could be on the cards at the City Ground.
Aston Villa v Bolton
Villa are short odds across the board after their recent results, but they can be backed to beat a -1.5 Asian Handicap at attractive odds of 111/1002.11+1111.111.11-0.90 with BetVictor.
Villa smashed four past Wigan and Norwich in cup and league, before three frustrating draws in the Championship left them floundering in mid-table. Since then they’ve won three in a row, beating Barnsley 3-0 on their travels to kickstart the revival. A 2-1 home win over Forest followed, before the midweek 4-0 trouncing of Burton where they were three ahead by half time. Critics might say that those results are of the ‘flat track bully’ variety, but Bolton are hardly likely to provide thoroughbred opposition here.
The Trotters have had a disaster since returning to the Championship, and are already getting cut adrift. Two points from two draws is all they have to show for their efforts in 10 matches this season. They’ve conceded a league-high 21 goals, and scored a league-low of four. Results in home matches and against the teams around them will determine Bolton’s fate this season, but they are unlikely to get anything from away trips like this.
Cardiff v Derby
Neil Warnock has worked that lower league magic again at Cardiff, and his Bluebirds sit proudly aloft the Championship table. They are a decent bet to continue the run at 21/202.05+1051.051.05-0.95 with William Hill when they host Derby on Saturday.
It’s been a muddling start for Gary Rowett and Derby, as demonstrated by the 3-3-3 record they have from nine matches played so far. They were on course for a rare away win at Brentford in midweek until being pegged back by an 86th minute equaliser, but in a game where they had only 24% possession a draw could be considered a good result. That also marked four games without a win, and they’ve lost three of the last four away games.
Cardiff’s midweek win over joint-leaders Leeds propelled them clear at the top, where they stayed after Wolves lost to Sheffield United the following night. Cardiff have the best home record in the league after five matches, 4-1-0, only failing to secure the points when held to a 1-1 draw by Sheffield Wednesday. Cardiff are the second highest scoring side in the division (behind Ipswich) and Derby have a habit of conceding on their travels.
Nottingham Forest v Sheffield United
Forest continue to feature in games which go over 2.5 goals, and that is the bet again this week at 47/501.94-1060.94-1.060.94 with Marathonbet.
Only bottom-club Bolton (21) have conceded more than Forest (18), and Fulham got over their goal-shy start to the season with three at the City Ground in midweek. At least Forest have hit back with 13 goals of their own in those ten games. Worryingly, it’s now six defeats in seven games for Mark Warbuton’s side.
Sheffield United are having no such worries, and are finding life in a new division very much to their liking. The Blades are second in the table and have won 7, lost 3 of their 10 matches so far. They’ve hit a decent 14 goals in that time, including six in the last two matches. The arrive on a high and will be ready to go toe-to-toe with Forest in search of the points as they push for a shock promotion.
Aston Villa -1.5 to beat Bolton (Asian Handicap)
Saturday 30th September, 15:00 GMT
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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