Aston Villa vs. Sunderland Soccer Picks for Premier League's Week 4

Richard Prew

Friday, August 28, 2015 4:21 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 4:21 PM UTC

Aston Villa & Sunderland meet on Saturday in week 4 of Premier League action. Join our soccer guru as he breaks down the betting lines and shares his free soccer pick for this matchup.

Aston Villa vs. Sunderland
Aston Villa have now lost successive games after their opening day win and integrating many signings into the team at once is proving a challenge. The signs are still that in the absence of Benteke scoring goals is going to be an issue, as is midfield creativity. They will view this game as an ideal chance to hit some form.

Sunderland drew at home to Swansea 1-1 to pick up their first point of the season. It is a start but the outlook does not look promising. On the upside, Jermaine Defoe remains a consistent Premier League striker but the downsides are a lack of support for him and goal-scoring threats aside from him and continued uncertainties about the defence. As it stands at this early stage of the season Sunderland have been moved into -162 outright favoritism for relegation, even ahead of the three promoted sides.


Betting Odds
For this game, which cannot strike us as one that will contain many goals, Aston Villa are -110 favorites with Paddy Power and Sunderland +400 with BetVictor with the draw at +260 at Bet365.

Whilst near even money on Villa tempts, they are not the most solid of favorites in the early stages of Tim Sherwood developing his own team, particularly with so many of the summer signings arriving so close to the start of the season. Inconsistency is almost certain until the team gels...

The Under 2.5 goals is a -142 favorite and 'both teams to score' No a -125 favorite so it is clear that a tight low scoring game is expected. I will take Villa for my soccer pick, but without too much confidence.

Soccer Picks: Aston Villa

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