Aston Villa might be riding high near the top of the English Premier League table although the bookies aren’t quite ready to consider them as title challengers. Unai Emery’s side have lost just one of their previous fourteen encounters, although they have only won three of their eight clashes on the road and they could be opposable here.

While Villa Park has been made into a fortress this term, there were heavy defeats suffered at Newcastle and Liverpool, while Nottingham Forest have also claimed the scalp of the Villans. There was even an element of fortune about a recent 2-2 draw at Bournemouth where Ollie Watkins scored a late equaliser.

The fact that the Cherries had seven shots on target in that clash might encourage a Brentford side who haven’t turned into a bad team. They have only lost two of their eight clashes in front of their own fans, with Thomas Frank’s side averaging nearly two goals per home game. The last clash at the Gtech Stadium saw a 3-1 win over Luton Town.

The bookies anticipate that both teams will find the net in this clash. However, if you do think that Aston Villa will secure three points, then you might consider them to win without conceding. As mentioned, Brentford have been relatively toothless recently and Villa’s wins over City and Arsenal were achieved without conceding.


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