Aston Villa Season 2013

Aston Villa betting for the remainder of the 2012/13 English Premier League season will be purely focused on their battle for survival. It could have been a much brighter season for the Villains as they were in touching distance of a place in the League Cup final, only to get outsmarted and outworked by League Two side Bradford over the two legs of the semi final. So Paul Lambert’s men have missed out on a big chance for some silverware this season and with an early exit from the FA Cup as well, bowing out to Championship side Millwall in the third round, all that Aston Villa, one of the founding clubs of the Premier League have to concentrate on, is staying up.

So maybe it is a good thing that they have no cup distractions to worry about. At the mark of having played 25 games on the season, Aston Villa were two points away from safety after a run of poor league form had pulled them into the relegation battle. Can they pull themselves clear? At the mark of the season, with under a third of it to go, Aston Villa had the worst defensive record of all teams in the top flight and had the worst goal difference too. Their horrendous goal difference is something that puts them at a disadvantage in the race for survival, because it is as good as giving the teams around them an extra point. So Villa, who do largely have a young and inexperienced squad, have gotten themselves into a big mess.

The bookmakers are fancying that the Premier League will lose one of its founding clubs at the end of the season, placing short odds on them in 2012/13 Premier League relegation betting. Wins have been few and far between this season, taking just four three-pointers out of their first twenty five matches. It was a major slump in form around the busy festive period which really sunk Villa into trouble, losing three matches in a row, and scoring none but conceding fifteen in those three games. At the 25 game mark, they hadn’t recovered from that heavy Christmas blow at all and without a win in their first five matches of 2013, survival does look a long way off.

Villa in 2013 have been averaging a point every other game, which is nowhere near good enough to amass enough points to stay up. If they do survive, every point they scrap for and a decline in form of other relegation teams may be the only thing that sees them maintain their status. However, along with their porous defence, with two thirds of the season gone, they had the second lowest tally of goals in the top flight this season. It is all pointing to a disappointing ending for Aston Villa who are standing by Lambert whether they get relegated or not. The inexperience of Villa’s young squad could be detrimental in the relegation battle.

Still, even with the struggling sides in the Premier League, there is some value around for your Aston Villa betting and that will be from looking at trends. Villa averaged well less than a goal per game at the 25 matches played mark of the season, so you can’t expect them to change that. They only scored more than one goal in six of their first twenty five matches, so expect low returns from them. Clean sheets have been a rarity, with Villa conceding at least one goal in 92% of their first thirteen away matches. Their most frequent results though have been drawn matches, with over 33% of their home games and over 35% of their away games ending in parity.

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