Fulham - Aston Villa Betting Preview: Villans look good value to get amongst the goals again

Paul Lambert's men claimed an impressive victory over Southampton in midweek and our tipster is backing the visitors to find the net at least twice against the Cottagers on Sunday
New Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen’s search for his first victory since taking over from Martin Jol continues when the west London side play host to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon.

Fulham threw away a one-goal lead against Tottenham on Wednesday night, slipping to a 2-1 defeat in Meulensteen’s first game in charge and the Cottagers can be backed at 7/4 (2.75) with bet365 to claim a much-needed victory this weekend.

Lambert’s side, though, are unbeaten in their last five matches and are available at a tempting 6/4 (2.50) with bet365 to get the better of the Cottagers here while the same firm offer 23/10 (3.30) that the Sunday lunchtime clash ends in stalemate.

Villa have struggled for goals at times this season but Lambert’s men have found their scoring touch in recent weeks, having netted seven goals in their last four matches, including three against Southampton at St Mary’s in midweek.

The Cottagers have conceded in each of their last eight matches in all competitions and the home side’s defensive frailties are sure to be of concern to Meulensteen ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Therefore, the 11/8 (2.38) quote from bet365 for Villa to score at least twice on Sunday afternoon appears to represent outstanding value and should be snapped up accordingly by punters here.

Villa have kept three clean sheets in their last five matches and can be backed to keep things tight against a shot-shy Fulham side that has managed just three goals in their last six Premier League outings.

With that in mind, there may be value in backing the chunky 5/2 (3.50) quote on offer from bet365 for Villa to keep a clean sheet on Sunday while the juicy 7/2 (4.50) quote from the same firm for Lambert’s men to win to nil is also tempting here.

However, punters are advised to back the visitors to hit the goal trail again this weekend and the 11/8 (2.63) quote for Villa to net at least twice is the recommended bet for Sunday's clash.

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Aston Villa to score over 1.5 goals at 11/8 (2.63) 2pts stake with bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter