Aston Villa vs Fulham
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 21th October 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: Villa Park.
Two teams with the same ambition and similar form take on each other on Saturday as Aston Villa hosts Fulham.
Aston Villa lost their game before the international break. They have troubles on the road and going against Wolves proved to be too much for them. After a goalless first half Wolves took control in the second and recorded a 2-0 victory. Aston Villa put up a fight but couldn’t get anything out of the game.
Fulham took part in a very entertaining game last round. They played Preston at home hoping to get all the points against a tough opponent. Their hopes were put under doubt early on. 2 goals in the first quarter of the game gave the visitors a well-deserved lead. Fulham barely managed to escape defeat after Norwood scored a penalty in 74th minute while Odoi scored literally with the final whistle for the draw.
Form and Tactical Analysis
Despite the last rounds loss Aston Villa have all rights to be optimistic coming into the game. The team started the season badly but an improvement soon followed. They are 7th just a point behind the play-off zone and still undefeated at home. 3 victories and 3 draws with 3 clean sheets may not be the best home record out there but gives the team enough confidence.
Villa sticks to classic 4-4-2 formation. Jonathan Kodjia and Davies are leading the line with a very experienced back 4 consisting of Terry, James Chester, Elmohamady and Allan Hutton in the absence of Taylor.
Fulham sits 1 point and 2 places behind their current opponents. The team is undefeated in 4 games and travels to Villa Park with lots of confidence. Fulham looks to be dangerous when playing on the counter and has better results away from home. 3 victories, 1 defeat and 2 draws on the road this season scoring 1.5 goals per game looks like an outstanding away record.
Fulham returned to their 4-3-3 formation last game which immediately made the game entertaining. Most of their games tend to have lots of goals and both teams finding the net as Fulham likes to score but tends to forget about their back.
Aston Villa vs Fulham: Head to head
- Fulham has a definite advantage over Villa in the last 10 meetings between the sides. Cottagers have 5 victories compared to Villa’s 2.
- Fulham won 4 out of their last 5 meeting with Aston Villa.
- Last season Villa won their home game 1-0 while Fulham scored a 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage.
- At home Villa has 2 of each – 2 defeats, 2 draws and 2 defeats against Fulham.
Aston Villa vs Fulham: Prediction
That’s a very interesting matchup. Strong hosts against a strong away team. The hosts tend to keep clean sheets at home while the visitors have failed to score in just a single away game this season.
The game has written unpredictable all over it. Still both teams scoring looks a viable option considering Fulhams superiority in the head to head clashes. Four out of the last 6 games at Villa park between the sides saw both teams scoring and that looks to be a decent option in otherwise difficult game.
Aston Villa vs Fulham: Bet Tips
BTTS: Yes for 1.65 with William Hill.
Over 2.5 and BTTS: Yes for 2.05 with Bet365.