Aston Villa vs Bristol City – Betting Tips & Predictions – 13-04

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021

Two in-form sides clash in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon, with Aston Villa welcoming Bristol City to Villa Park for what should be a cracking Championship encounter. Villa are currently in fifth place in the table after a storming recent run, a point ahead of City.

Villa boss Dean Smith was recently named as Championship Manager of the Month for March as a result of his team’s fine form in recent weeks. Villa have won their last seven league matches, and are unbeaten in eight, with their last defeat coming against West Bromwich Albion on February 16.
Lee Johnson’s Robins head into this game on the back of a 3-2 home win over the Baggies last weekend. They have won three and drawn two of their last five league games, with their last defeat coming at home to Leeds United on March 9.

Aston Villa vs Bristol City Prediction: Villa 2-1 City

Our prediction for this game is that the home side will win a close game, with both teams scoring goals. A final scoreline of 2-1 looks likely to us, but there could well be many more goals than that at Villa Park. In the end, home advantage will give Villa the edge, and their charge up the table will continue. In four of their last five victories Villa have conceded one goal, so there are still issues for them at the back, despite their recent success. City are no mugs away from home, and they will challenge Villa right up until the last minute.

Our recommended tip: Villa, both score

Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 13/5 on Villa to win and both teams to score. We think that this is a good bet as it matches our prediction while also offering some flexibility when it comes to the precise scoreline. Both of these teams tend to concede even in victory, and we suspect that there will be a few goals scored at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon. Odds of 13/5 also offer some good value to astute punters, with returns much better than simply betting on a Villa win on the 1X2 market.

Previous matches

These two sides have met on 43 previous occasions in history, with Villa winning 21 games, City 10 and there having been 12 draws. The teams first met right back in 1900, when City beat Villa 5-1 in an FA Cup tie.
The teams did not play each other from 1982 until Villa were relegated from the Premier League ahead of the 2016/17 season. Since then, they have played each other five times in the Championship. Villa have won two of those games, City one and there have been two draws. The teams drew 1-1 at Ashton Gate in September.

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Players to watch: John McGinn & Famara Diedhiou

Former Hibernian midfielder John McGinn has shown some real quality in his debut season for Villa. Manager Dean Smith stated that he was so impressed with the Scot’s workrate against Rotherham United in midweek that he thought there were two McGinns on the pitch. McGinn has scored six goals and provided 10 assists in 37 games this season for Villa. His energy and commitment have made him a hit with the Villa fans and he is always a threat from deadball situations.

Bristol City’s Senegalese striker Famara Diedhiou has been an important part of their rise up the table this season. The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals in 35 games in 2018/19 for the Robins, although he has not found the net for some time now. Often accused of lacking physicality in the past , Diedhiou has shown admirable resilience in playing a lone striker role this season. He is due a goal this weekend.

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