Aston Villa v Fulham latest odds, news and free bets

Aston Villa have proven to be the 15th best team in the Premier League this season, with Alex McLeish’s side just about good enough to avoid a relegation scrap but incapable of winning many of their matches

The Midlands side have claimed victory in just six of their 27 games and they are unlikely to take three points against a confident Fulham side who are scoring lots of goals and playing with real panache at the moment.

The Villans are a 6/4 chance (Bet Victor £100 free bets) to ease any relegation fears with a victory, although it has now been six games without a win, with the latest result being a 1-1 draw at Blackburn where the team led for most of the match before a late David Dunn equaliser.

Scoring goals has become even more of a problem for Villa since Darren Bent got injured, although Charles N’Zogbia found the net at Ewood Park and the Frenchman is likely to rove forward and support Gabby Agbonlahor in games between now and the end of the season.

Fulham are doing really well at the moment and there will be plenty of people taking the 2/1 (Ladbrokes bookmaker) about the Cottagers claiming a fourth Premier League win on the spin, with Martin Jol having seen his team beat Stoke, QPR and Wolves in recent weeks.

The 5-0 victory against Wolves was a massive demolition job and there is no stopping Pavel Pogrebnyak, who has already scored five goals since his loan arrival in January. Unsurprisingly, he is the 13/2 favourite (Unibet) to score the first goal of this game, although he might have one of his team-mates rivalling him to get the ball in the net. Clint Dempsey has been outstanding and the bookies have certainly cottoned on to his goalscoring potential.

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