Aston Villa v Fulham Betting Tips
The eyes of the footballing world will be on Kyiv for the final of the Champions League this weekend. Liverpool or Real Madrid are fighting it out for the biggest prize in club football but there is actually more on the line in terms of money when Aston Villa play Fulham in the Championship playoff final.
Various estimates suggest that winning Saturday’s match at Wembley Stadium could be worth more than $400,000,000 such is the amount of money swilling around the Premier League.
If the size of the prize on offer was not enough to ensure nerves among the players and fans of Aston Villa and Fulham, the price of failure is also damaging. Another year in the Championship for either club will put a squeeze on their finances and could see them lose their best players.
The Championship playoff final isn’t always a classic because of the pressure to perform but it is always dramatic and there are several potential routes for you to profit with your soccer betting.
Experienced Players to Drag Villa Over the Line
If you’ve heard anything about Fulham this season it will most likely be about the talented young players available to their manager, Slavisa Jokanović.
Tom Cairney has done a very good job in the heart of the Fulham midfield and Matt Targett has excelled at left-back. But the standout player of this Fulham side is the versatile 17-year-old, Ryan Sessegnon.
Sessegnon scored the goal that got Fulham back on level terms against Derby in the second leg of their playoff semi-final and the Cottagers would have struggled to make the top six without his input.
As ever with a highly promising English player, Sessegnon has been heavily linked with a move away from Fulham and the final at Wembley could be his last for the club.
Sessegnon and his teammates certainly have the talent to beat Aston Villa but it takes much more than that to be successful in the playoff final. An ability to perform under pressure and big match experience are vital and in that regard you have to give the edge to Aston Villa.
Their manager, Steve Bruce, has seen most things as a player and a coach while the likes of John Terry, Robert Snodgrass and Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak (who scored the goal that took Villa to Wembley) are formidable competitors who demand the best from their teammates.
Fulham blew their chance to win automatic promotion by losing to Birmingham on the final day of the season and we think they’ll fall short again so bet on Aston Villa winning the match at $3.30 with bookmaker.com.au
Tight Game in Prospect
Fulham and Aston Villa were the second and third teams in terms of goalscoring during the regular Championship season. They both have the firepower required to make this an entertaining game but don’t expect either of them to overly commit in the first half.
The pressure to succeed should result in a tense opening 45 minutes so back the 0-0 half time score at $2.50 with William Hill.
Another way of profiting from a slow start to the match is by betting on the second half having more goals than the first which is available at $2.16 with Crownbet.
Home Town Boy to Come Good
If this game is to be settled by a late moment of magic it could well be produced by Jack Grealish. The 22-year-old has always been an Aston Villa fan and worked his way up through the ranks of the club since joining at the age of six.
Grealish’s performances have been important to Villa since he recovered from a horrible injury and he could top it all off by scoring the last goal at Wembley at odds of $15 with Bet365.