Premier League Soccer Picks: Aston Villa vs. Swansea City

Nikki Adams

Friday, March 20, 2015 8:38 PM GMT

Aston  Villa look to continue their climb up the Premier League table when they take on Swansea City at Villa Park on Saturday. Can they make it three wins in a row? Find out as we weigh in on the soccer odds and serve up our free soccer picks.

Aston Villa Turning The Corner
Aston Villa appear to have turned a corner over the last fortnight with back-to-back wins and climbing out of the relegation zone temporarily. They are a long way from safety, but early signs under new manager Tim Sherwood are auspicious enough to give Villa fans reasonable hope for Premier League survival.

Tim Sherwood's reign at Aston Villa got off to a less than desirable start as the Villans lost 2-1 to Stoke City at home, in his first game stalking the sidelines at Villa Park. Another setback against Newcastle United on the road, a 1-0 loss, only piled on more pressure and the new manager in his mandate to save Aston Villa from the ignominy of Championship football. His third game, however, proved to be the charm. Aston Villa emerged victorious from the Midlands derby against West Bromwich Albion 2-1 and just like that their season turned around.

Since beating West Brom in week 28 of Premier League betting, the Villans have reeled off another two wins in all competitions. They faced off against the Baggies in FA Cup a few days later and beat them 2-0. Then they descended on the struggling Black Cats and handed them a 4-0 walloping. To watch the Villans on that day, one easily could have thought it was a top-half-of-the-table club that was flexing its muscle over a top-flight minnow and not the equally struggling Villans.

That kind of performance hasn't been seen by Aston Villa fans in a long time, never mind on the road. If they can take that same brand of confidence into this weekend's clash with Swansea City, there's no reason to believe they will not take all three points, a soccer pick that is available at +150 or thereabouts across sports betting shops.

Swansea City Could Mastermind Upset
Although the odds makers are pricing the Swans as the road underdogs at +210 Premier League soccer odds to win outright, the Swans have a stake in this match. Two wins in a row by Aston Villa is all well and good, but it's not as if they were quintessential heavyweights. There's also some that would question the merit of this run of form seeing that it's exclusively built upon lesser opposition.

Unlike Aston Villa, Swansea City are enjoying a solid season by their standards. They are up in ninth spot in the table behind an 11-7-11 mark and 40 points. They are two points adrift of Stoke City and a point clear of West Ham United.

Their hard work this season was slightly undone over the last fortnight, with losses to Tottenham and Liverpool. However, some allowances can be made for quality of their opponents. The players will know they were simply beaten by better opposition and that it's now incumbent upon them to play to their true level against an Aston Villa that is still there for the taking. A win or draw by Swansea City is not an unreasonable expectation in this game and can be backed at +210 and +230, respecitvely on your soccer picks.

Soccer Betting Verdict
Aston Villa are riding good momentum into this clash, which sets them up rather favorably on the soccer betting board as the +150 favourites. The challenge for Tim Sherwood and his Villans is to continue the momentum down the stretch. So there's still a lot of pressure riding on them as they continue to battle for Premier League survival.

The Swans, meanwhile, must look at this game as an opportunity to turn things around after a poor spate of results. One can be philosophical about their back-to-back losses, but the reality is that it's imperative they bounce back sooner rather than later because points come at a premium and they can't be complacent. Aston Villa are still technically figuring things out with Tim Sherwood and until they put in a signature win over a respectable team one has to assume they are ripe for the taking. Hence, the Swans strike a tempting pose as the +210 underdogs to win or the draw at +230.

Soccer Picks: Swansea City +210 to win or draw at +230 at Bet365.

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