Capper Suggests Low Scoring in West Brom vs. Aston Villa

Lee Phelps

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 8:58 PM GMT

It's a Midlands derby at The Hawthorns this weekend, with Aston Villa going to West Brom with the bookmakers struggling to split them in the betting. Out tipster isn't sure but has been looking at the odds with a free pick based on the goals.

A feisty Midlands derby sees West Bromwich Albion face Aston Villa this weekend, with the Baggies no doubt looking at the Villains with a touch of envy, having watched them turn their form around. In a fixture that has been full of goals over recent years, are we in for a treat?

 

West Brom
Goals have been at a premium for Brom over recent weeks, since Saido Berahino has gone off the boil. I wrote before about how reliant they are on his strike rate and now they are badly missing him. One bright light at the end of the current form tunnel is Nigeria international Brown Ideye fighting for a place in the starting line-up after he impressed club boss Alan Irvine in a training game.

He’s been a disappointment since signing for a the club record fee of £10million from Dynamo Kiev, so consider this when looking at the soccer odds. Brown however; scored twice in a behind-closed doors friendly on Tuesday in a 5-2 win over Northampton to push his claims for a starting berth in the derby. It's worth remembering it was only Northampton though

The AFCON 2013 winner has started just two games so far in the league and is yet to score, but Irvine is impressed with his progress: "He's actually trained the best he has trained in the last couple of weeks," Irvine told the local paper Express and Star.

"That's not in terms of his application, which has always been good, but in terms of his effectiveness. So, he's certainly looking more like what we would hope he would look. He has scored goals in training.

"There was a time when he was struggling to do that. And I think he is feeling a lot better about himself."

 

Aston Villa
I’ve mostly been on the right side of Villa’s upturn in form and I should be more confident going into this week, but something is nagging away at me. I read an excellent article from Lewis Rymond this week about Paul Lambert’s trip to Bayern Munich to watch the German champions train.

Sunday's home clash against Leicester represented a conscious change in style. Lambert had rather mysteriously said the team had tried something new against Nigel Pearson's men, and there was indeed something different about Villa.

Despite another relatively low attendance Villa fans will undoubtedly welcome the stat that their team had 65% possession, and whether Guardiola has passed on a few trade secrets or not, it's starting to be a little easier to be a Villa fan."

Even Ron Vlaar missing hasn’t hit them too hard, Jores Okore partnered at centre-back with Ciaran Clark have both impressed and they have played a key part in the improvements and with them in the line-up Villa have only conceded three goals in four games.

Alan Hutton has continued to impress in what surely counts as one of the most unlikely of footballing comebacks, and his goal at the Holte End rounded off a turnaround which has seen him secure Villa's often problematic right-back position.

 

Soccer Picks
This game looks like it should be a low scoring one, but with 17 goals in the last four head to head encounters, maybe it will go to form. I prefer Villa if I had to go with a winner, but the draw does loom larger in my mind. As you can tell I’m hardly confident of an outright soccer pick, so I’m going to rely on a few goals being scored and Christian Benteke getting one of them.

The big Belgian has still only hit one goal this season, but he really should have added to that against Leicester, so I’m going to trust him again to score at anytime.

Free Soccer Pick: Benteke to score anytime 2/1

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