Stoke City vs Aston Villa
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 23rd February 2019
Kick-off at 15.00 UK/ 16.00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
There was a time when Aston Villa took one end of a pitch, goals were sure to follow. But those days have long gone, and the recent matches have seen the team struggling to find a decent set of passes in the final third. Also, regardless of their higher status in the league table, the Villans have found it hard to manage a win for the last three months.
Stoke is one of the very few teams in the Championship that has not won a single tie in the last five attempts. More than that, they have been very stingy in the offensive half, with a return of just one goal in their last five ties. It should be interesting as these two struggling set of players battle it out with their future hanging in balance.
Stoke vs Aston Villa Head-to-head (h2h)
- The scoreline 1-0 repeated twice in their last five encounters.
- Two of the last seven games at this venue ended as goalless draws.
- Aston Villa could record just a total of three goals from their last three visits to this venue.
- The last four wins in a row were for a margin of one goal.
Stoke vs Aston Villa Prediction
Forgetting the reputation of Aston for a moment, let’s take their recent form into consideration. Their last 14 match-days returned just two wins, and one of them was against the worst team in the competition, Ipswich. The team failed to score in their last two games, and in three of their last four. On the road, they have not recorded a single goal in the last three attempts.
Coming to the matter of our hosts, they have managed just a single goal in their last five fixtures combined. At the Bet365 Stadium, they failed to find the back of the net on the last two occasions and lost four of their last five match-ups.
One more loss is just unthinkable at this crucial phase in the season, and expectedly defensive tactics will be given higher priority. Anticipate no more than two goals in the game at most. And most probably, we are in for a dull, goalless first 45 minutes.
Stoke vs Aston Villa Betting Tips
Under 0.5 First Half Goals @ 3.00 (2/1)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.90 (9/10).