Premier League selection on 1st January
Aston Villa vs. Swansea CityGame Date: 2.1.2012, 10:00 am ET
Line: Asian Handicap, -0.5/+0.5
Closing Line: ? (? odds value)
Projected Score: Aston Villa (2) over Swansea City (0)
Insight: I really think that Swansea City is getting too much respect of late because although they lost just once in last 5 EPL games, they also won only one game and are a very mediocre side. They're only 3 points behind their today opponents, however they've been struggling on the road and are newcomers, who'll definitely be fighting to avoid relegation at the end of the season. The odds may look like this because of recent 0-0 road draw against Newcastle United, though 'Magpies' are also overestimated, so I'm not taking it into account actually. On the other hand Aston Villa seems to be playing better right now, especially after Darren Bent return up-front. In last game they managed to beat Chelsea on the road (3-1) and though it might have been accidentally, momentum is surely with them in this contest. Also, with both Stoke and Newcastle in struggling mode, they're still in the contention for 7th place, which is their target without any doubt (expectations were high before the season in Birmingham). These odds are looking good and I think that 'The Villans' grab 3 points here.
Pick: 1 unit on Aston Villa (-0.5) (@-107 / @1.935 on Pinnacle)
Result (?): Aston Villa vs. Swansea City ?-? FT (? units)