The first day of Round Four of the League Cup is in the books, and with it came a number of surprises in the soccer odds such as Arsenal being thrashed by the Sheffield Wednesday. Day two is here and soccer betting fans as well as English Football enthusiasts are all eager to see what is in store in our soccer online sportsbook.
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On top of the list in today’s games will be the Southampton vs. Aston Villa encounter that pits two Premier League teams against each other. The Saints will be looking to bounce back to winning ways after their form took a slight dip in the EPL. Villa, on the other hand, will be looking to salvage what has been a terrible season and get a positive result out of this game. Who will be standing tallest when the final whistle is blown? Read on as we break it all down for you, while offering free soccer betting tips and guides on how to place your wagers.
Aston Villa @ Southampton League Cup Game Information and Lines
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
Date: Wednesday, 28 October, 2015
Time: 7:45pm GMT
Soccer Lines: Southampton to win 4/9, Draw 16/5, Villa to win 13/2
Analyzing Southampton vs. Aston Villa League Cup Online Soccer Betting
Southampton cruised into this stage with a comfortable 6-0 thrashing of the giant slayer Milton Keynes Dons, on the road. That result has so far stood out as the best score line in the tournament this season. Meanwhile, despite Villa’s bad run in the EPL, they managed to progress against a tough Birmingham City in one of the fiercest derbies in English football that ended 1-0 in favor of Villa. Before that, they overcame Notts Country after an impressive comeback to win the duel 5-3. With Southampton at home in the competition at this stage for the first time since 2013, and Villa playing away for the first time since 2013, it is certainly going to be interesting how the two play against one another.
Betting on Southampton
Southampton has developed into a fine mid-table team in recent seasons since they earned their promotion from the Championship. They have become consistent contenders for the Europa League spot with their impressive form in the league.Last time out they faced a tough opponent in Liverpool, who have been struggling. The game ended in a one-all draw and a red card to Sadio Mane just a few minutes after the striker grabbed the equalizer for the Saints. This means that the Saints will be without the star striker in this encounter.
In the EPL, the Saints are sitting eighth in the table just a point behind Crystal Palace, and are without a win in their last two games that have ended in draws. Still, their last win, which was against Chelsea by three goals to one a couple of weeks back, shows a lot of pedigree in the team.
Offensively, Saints have been on fire with 16 goals in ten games in the League. 10 of these goals have come at home, showing just how they are lethal and ready to defend their home territory. Coming against a Villa defense that has been poor in the EPL, placed dead-bottom of the League table; the Saints have no excuse not to win this clash. After all, Villa have conceded 17 goals in the EPL and have only earned four points this season, giving the Saints all the confidence in the world to cruise past the visitors.
Not to mention, the Saints are also better-organized in the defense compared to their opponents, conceding 13 goals in 10 games this season. Facing a Villa offense that is struggling to put the ball into the net, the game couldn’t be any easier for Southampton, even in the absence of Mane.
Betting on Villa
Aston Villa are having a season like no other, sporting one of their worst all-time starts in the League. They have just won one game this season and drawn another as the only positive results for them in the League so far.
Entering this clash, they have lost their last six games in a row in the league, a poor run that saw coach Tim Sherwood fired by the team over the weekend. This game, which will see caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald lead the team, is therefore a chance for a new beginning.
On the offense, this Birmingham club has been pathetic, scoring just nine times in ten games. But on the brighter side, six of those goals have come on the road. Against the Saints defense that has been impressive at home, they will need the likes of Libor Kozak and winger Charles N’Zogbia to be on top of things, considering the team saw a good number of stars (like Benteke and Delph) leave the team over the summer.
Defensively, they have been poor on the road conceding 10 goals out of five games in the EPL. If they are to stand the Pelle effect at the Saints, they will need to step up. Fortunately, MacDonald and Kevin MacDonald could have center-back Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore feature in the game, offering the visitors an opportunity to put a serviceable front against the devilish Saints.
- Southampton: Shane Long, Jay Rodriguez
- Aston Villa: G Gardner
- Southampton: DLWWDD (Premier League)
- Aston Villa: LLLLLL (premier league)
Key Betting Trends
- Southampton have lost four of their last five fourth-round ties
- Southampton are 1-1 in the league cup against Aston Villa
- Southampton have won their last four home League Cup ties
- Villa have progressed on each of the last three occasions they’ve reached the fourth round
- Villa have progressed in five of their last six away League Cup ties with Premier League opposition
With the exit of coach Tim Sherwood, most players at Villa now know that they are playing for their lives and will want to give this game their best. But the saints will be coming with no mercy, given the nature of Ronald Koeman to take every competition seriously by fielding strong teams. So, in short, the Saints should match on from this encounter into the quarter finals, probably securing a 2-1 or 3-1 home win in an OVER total affair.