Betting Guide: Stoke v Aston Villa

Last updated : 12 March 2010 By Dan Buxton

Stoke go into this league clash with no win in three but had a fantastic run prior to that, unbeaten in eleven, and sit 11th in the league. Aston Villa have had a fantastic season and due to numerous cup commitments this will be there first league game since the middle of February.

Villa are favourites for the game and are available at 13/10 with Coral, Ladbrokes and Boylesports. Stoke can be backed at what looks a huge 23/10 with Bet365. The draw is 23/10 with Coral.

Stoke may have to sneak a win in this clash between two solid sides and 1-0 is available at 9/1 with BlueSQ. The Potters won this game last season 3-2 and SportingBet offer 40/1 that the Potters repeat that. The Potters have conceded a goal quite often lately so a second may be needed and BlueSQ offer 12/1 on a 2-1 Stoke win.

Villa may have to put aside the pressure of converting games in hand to points and grind out a 1-0 win. That scoreline is 7/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral. Villa look to attack and if leading late on could double the advantage. It is 10/1 with SkyBet and BetFred the Birmingham side win 2-0. Villa aren't the best away from home but don't lose very often so a 1-1 could be accepted by both sides and all bookies offer 11/2 on a repeat of that score. 

David Kitson has made a positive impression since his return to the side and could get a rare start on Saturday after numerous recent sub appearances. The hitman is 11/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring.
Ricardo Fuller will be hoping to follow up his recent good form and double his own league goal total and he can be backed at 15/2 with SkyBet to net first. Matthew Etherington is in fine form, netting four times this season, and can be backed at 16's at Bet365, Coral, PaddyPower and SkyBet to build on his solid return to the side in midweek. Robert Huth is now donning the armband for the Potters and he is 28's with BlueSQ to net first on Wednesday. 

Gabriel Agbonlahor has been Villa's main goal threat lately and is 6's with most bookies to open the scoring whilst James Milner has scored important goals this season and is in the form of his life and can be backed at 9's at most bookies. Defender Richard Dunne pops up with his fair share of goals and this makes his 33/1 odd's, available at William Hill, seem very good value indeed.