iBet: Are Aston Villa facing another embarrassing cup exit?
FA Cup Fourth Round
Millwall v Aston Villa, kick off 7.45pm
Lay Millwall at 6/4 with Betfair
How is Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert going to pick up his players after their Capital One Cup exit to Bradford? Impressive in the first half and leading 1-0 at half time, the Midlanders simply fell apart when Bradford equalised and completely lost their width, shape and confidence – something brought on in my view by the manager’s panicky reaction to throw on five forwards. And tonight they have to face up to the prospect of another possible embarrassing cup exit, to a team 56 places higher in the league standings that Bradford. So what’s going to happen? Well the one thing in Villa’s favour is that Millwall have gone right off the boil, winning only two of their last eight league games. The slip in form has coincided with them losing key striker Chris Wood – a man who had scored 11 goals in 18 starts for the Lions, after Leicester out-bid them for the former West Brom hit man on the wages front. In fact Millwall have only scored seven goals in their last eight games, although they will fancy their chances against a Villa outfit that can’t defend set-pieces and gives up far too much space in the midfield area. A value bet is not easy to find. Villa are certainly vulnerable, but their attack is coming together and the market may have over-reacted in making out-of-form Millwall, who have only picked up eight points in their last eight Championship games, 6/4 favourites.
Having scored five in his last four against St Mirren, Gary Hooper is best priced 3/1 favourite to open the scoring for Celtic in Sunday’s League Cup clash with Betfred, who also offer enhanced prices if he scores twice or three times.
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