Aston Villa-Sunderland Betting Preview: Expect goals in an open game at the bottom of the table

Two sides fighting for survival meet in the midlands on Monday, with our in-form tipster Hugh Wilson backing goals and an 11/4 value bet
With QPR and Reading drawing 0-0 on Sunday, that result saw relegated them both down to the Championship. With only one relegation place yet to be determined, both Aston Villa and Sunderland meet tonight, with safety not assured for either side.

A last-gasp own goal by Wigan denied them a vital victory against Tottenham , and they still trail Villa by two points.

Paul Lambert’s men come into this match on the back of a defeat by the newly crowned Champions, Manchester United.

Despite a woeful first half, Villa picked up, but could not find anything against a rampant United side. The Villans have picked up 10 points from a possible 18 in the last six games though, and are slight favourites for the tie at 27/20 (2.35) with Bet365.

The visitors Sunderland have put some distance between themselves and 18th place with two victories in their last two matches.

However, Paolo Di Canio’s men are still right in the relegation dog fight, but victory tonight would go a long way in securing their Premier League status for another year. The Black Cats are 12/5 (3.40) with bet365 to come away with victory. The same firm offers the draw at 23/10 (3.30).

A bet that stands out for this match is over 2.5 goals at evens (2.00). Despite both teams not setting the league alight with their goals scored tally, they have everything to fight on Monday, so both teams will be going for the win.

Had you backed this bet in Villa’s last six matches, the bet would have paid out on five occasions. Add into the fact this bet would have also paid out in each of Sunderland’s last eight away games, over 2.5 goals is certainly worth investing in, especially at evens (2.00).

For those looking for more value, the anytime goal scorer market provides an excellent price.

Stephane Sessegnon, who has flourished under Di Canio, has netted twice in his last two games, opening the scoring against Newcastle and Everton.

You can back the midfielder turned striker to open the scoring at 9/1 (10.00) but the real value lies in him scoring in 90 minutes at 11/4 (3.75) with bet365.

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Over 2.5 goals at Evens (2.00) with bet365
Stephane Sessegnon to score anytime at 11/4 (3.75) with bet365

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