iBet: Team news vital to goal prospects at Villa Park

Gareth Purnell

Capital One Cup

Aston Villa V Rotherham, kick off 7.45pm

This is a match that smacks of goals to me, although the bookies obviously agree because it’s long odds on that there will be at least three. Betfair Sportsbook have Paul Lambert’s side as 3/10 favourites to win the tie in 90 minutes, with the draw at 9/2 and League One Rotherham at 32/5.

You would not have been wanting to take such a short price about Villa last season. They lost to Millwall in the FA Cup and to Bradford in the League Cup. However, the manager has them buzzing now and they possess one of the most potent first choice forward lines in the top flight, led by Christian Benteke.

The interesting thing is that despite a dogged relegation fight last season, Lambert played strong teams in both cups, reaching the semi final of this competition. With no European commitments he would want to do so again. My only issue is that having played three super-tough Premier League games in such a short space of time, he may be tempted to rest some of his key men. If he goes with a strong line-up, I would expect Villa to brush Rotherham aside and for there to be goals – however, wait until the teams are announced before betting. If the front three are Benteke, Weimann and Agbonlahor, I’d be tempted to back ‘Any Unquoted’ in Betfair’s Correct score market at 4.3.


Celtic look to have a tough task to overhaul Shakhter Karagandy after losing the first leg 2-0. The markets make the home side as short as 1/5 to win the match, but the Kazakhstan champions are 4/5 favourites to qualify.

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