Aston Villa vs Ipswich Town: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Aston Villa aren’t out of the play-offs just yet but a clash with bottom of the table Ipswich Town is a must-win.
Aston Villa’s game plan of simply outscoring the every opponent they face has hit somewhat of a brick wall in recent games. Since their Boxing Day win against Swansea, they’ve drawn against Preston, QPR and Hull whilst losing 3-0 to Wigan and Swansea in the FA Cup.
When your defence is as bad as Villa’s, that tactic is always going to be a problem. Dean Smith’s side now possess the third worst defensive record in the Championship with 45 goals conceded in 28 games.
Somewhat fortunately for Villa, they’re coming up against the worst defensive side in the entire league in Ipswich Town. Not only do Paul Lambert’s side hold that title, they also hold the title of second worst attack and sit bottom of the Championship.
Whilst much is made of The Villains’ defensive record, they do have the third best offensive record in the league. Since they’re coming up against the worst defensive, you can expect Tammy Abraham and co. to score goals and they should be able to outscore the away side. 3-1 Villa.
- Aston villa to win and BTTS @ 12/5
From a statistics point of view, there’s a lot going for Dean Smith’s side in this one. Ipswich have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 13 away games and failed to win 25 of their 28 Championship matches.
Meanwhile Villa have scored at least two goals in their seven home Championship matches. Villa are likely to win this one considering Ipswich are rock bottom but they’re also likely to concede. Whilst Smith’s side have been unpredictable of late, BTTS bets have been a headache for UK bookmakers in recent weeks and Unibet have this outcome at 12/5.
- Over 2.5 goals @ 4/5
Whilst Villa can’t stop scoring goals, Ipswich can’t stop conceding them. The home side have scored at least two goals in their last seven home matches whilst Ipswich have conceded at least two in their last 13. Goals guaranteed, and over 2.5 is 4/5 with 888sport.
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Head to Head
Since the 1961/62 season, Villa and Ipswich have played each other a grand total of 44 times.
The Midlands side have been the most regular victors with 20 wins, whilst Ipswich have grabbed 13 wins and there’s been 11 draws.
The reverse of this fixture came back in August, when Jonathan Kodija and Treovh Chabolah both scored as the sides drew 1-1.
- No team has been fouled more times in the league this season than Aston Villa with the Midlands side being caught 14.2 times per game.
- Only Birmingham and Rotherham average more interceptions per game than Ipswich’s 11.3
- Villa’s Tammy Abraham is the Championship’s top scorer with 17 goals.
- Only one player in the league averages more interceptions than Ipswich’s Matthew Pennington (2.7).