There is no better time for Sunderland to face Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light than this afternoon, as the visiting team is in awful form. They lost 4/5 games and scored a single goal over the span, being lucky to avoid defeat at Swansea. Add to this the fact that they have four injured players, including Clark, Okore, and Bennett and it is easy to see why the hosts are credited with the first chance by bookmakers.
Both teams are in dire need of points and that’s why this is not the time to wager on an indecisive result, even though the odds for such an outcome are alluring. Christian Benteke and Ron Vlaar are uncertain for tonight as they will have to go through some fitness test, but at least the hosts are very likely to have striker Fabio Borini fit to play. He will pair up with Fletcher and the two of them pack quite a punch, something that sounds worrisome for the ailing Aston Villa.
What these two teams have in common is that both of them struggle at home, which is in fact the only reason for why punters might be reluctant to back the hosts at full stakes. Sunderland didn’t win this matchup in the last two years, despite the fact that they faced Aston Villa four times, but before that they won three consecutive games. Each time they prevailed by 1-0, an outcome that has excellent odds for those who are credit the hosts despite their recent home struggles.
The visitors have a slightly better midfield, with players completing over 75% of their tackles, but their contribution to the offensive phase remains minimal. The bookies are favoring the home side to prevail, but given the fact that the odds are inching closer to even value, punters should make up their minds quickly. If they are to go against the trend and bet on Aston Villa to cause a major upset, they shouldn’t wait any longer as the odds are expected to drop.