Fri, Feb 11, 7:57am by Kevin Pitstock
When Blackpool last met Aston Villa, they changed their team round completely from the previous match, lost late on and got fined. With their current run of bad form, who knows if that decision might come back to haunt them? Aston Villa look like they can move away from the relegation zone, but they are far from safe in this tightest of seasons, and a trip to an out of form side offers them an opportunity to edge clear, something a club of their size and tradition should be able to do.
The defeats roll on for Blackpool, but they are not entirely without hope judging by the efforts they put in to their last game with Everton, where they came from 2-1 down to lead 3-2, before conceding three times in the last 15 minutes. Amid all the cavalier entertainment, that’s now five Premier League defeats in a row, and for the first team, the relegation zone is within touching distance. Their amazing recruitment policy sees Jason Puncheon, who could not get a game for third-tier Southampton, starting, and scoring two divisions higher. Home form though, has been a problem all season, with just three league wins. They also have goalkeeping problem, with Richard Kingson, the Ghana international, their only fit keeper. Momentum is horribly against them.
ASTON VILLA PREVIEW
It’s not often that managers are happy about their players going on international duty, but England goals for Darren Bent and Ashley Young against Denmark can only be good for their confidence. They should have probably seen out their last match, a 2-2 draw with Fulham where they have conceded a late equaliser, but overall the performances seem encouraging. Overall though, Villa have been poor on the road, with 2 victories away from home so far – they have hit just 12 goals in their 13 road trips, though the arrival of Darren Bent should improve that statistic over the second half of the season. One of those wins was last month, at Wigan, and that kind of performance could be good enough here.
BLACKPOOL v ASTON VILLA BEST BET AND PREDICTION
Individual player form and Blackpool team form points to an Aston Villa victory, which should be backed at $2.25 with Sportsbet.
It should be another free scoring match, our prediction is a 3-2 Aston Villa win.
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