Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers FA Cup Betting Odds – Saturday, January 29
January 29, 2011 | In: Articles
Aston Villa v Blackburn: An interesting all Premier League clash in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Villa Park. Villa of course went shopping and landed striker Darren Bent from Sunderland, who made an immediate impact by scoring the winner on his debut against Manchester City in the league. It has been a tough season for Villa, and Gerard Houllier really hasn’t had the big impact at the club as was hoped. Villa were a solid top six team in the league last season, and at the moment, they still have worries about relegation in the back of their mind. However, they seem to be getting things together just a little bit better. What Villa are, is a young side, and that was sort of forced upon them by a terrible catalogue of injuries this season. They have had to go young, and with every match comes experience, and they have looked quite a youthful and exciting team at time, playing some attractive football. The biggest problem with them, is that they have lacked a punch up front. With Emile Heskey missing from action a lot, and Gabriel Agbonlahor also absent for a large part of the season, Villa just have not had the goals in them, and remain one of the Premier League’s lowest scoring teams. Their defensive record has not been much to shout about either, shipping 40 goals in their 24 matches. Villa have picked up back to back wins in the league now, and there are clear signs that they are going to be ok in the end. The arrival of Darren Bent should only help their cause further, being able to grab those vital goals when needed. Blackburn have also shown some improvement since their takeover. Rovers are up to eighth in the Premier League at the moment, and since being taken over, there is an air of stability at the club. They will probably spend in the summer, and Steve Kean, who stepped in when the new owners got rid of Sam Allardyce, has been charged with managing the team permanently. Blackburn have won three of their four last games now and look as if they are going to improve. Tough to pick a winner out of this one, but home advantage here, and a spirited performance in front of their home crowd, should just squeeze Villa through. Probably worth looking at coverage on a draw as well here too.