Brentford is winless in its last five games. This is the longest winless streak for the Bees this season. Aston Villa have won their last 5 matches. This is Emery’s team’s longest winning streak this season. What to expect in this match?
Very nice in the first half of the championship, Brentford recently began to noticeably decline. Thomas Frank’s side are coming into this game with three defeats in a row and have already dropped to ninth in the table. And it would be okay if they only lost to the side from Newcastle (0-1) and Newcastle (1-2), but in the previous round the team even lost to Wolverhampton 0-2. And before that from the duels with Leicester and Brighton managed to squeeze only a draw each. I think that in the next round Brentford will not win, as it will visit a very strong opponent.
Aston Villa is in great shape right now. Birmingham have already reached the sixth position in the table, only three points separate the team from the fifth and only six points from the top four. In the previous round, Unai Emery’s charges crushed Newcastle (3-0), a bit earlier they beat Nottingham Forrest (2-0), Leicester (2-1), Chelsea (2-0) and Bournemouth (3-0) by turns. We believe Aston Villa will win again and extend their winning streak more than we do the home side. Well, at least a draw in this game, the Birmingham side, in my opinion, should not be short of a draw.
On the basis of all this, we take a logical bet X2 and will expect at least not a defeat for the guests. After losing to top sides Manchester City and Arsenal in February, Aston Villa has not lost in the APL for eight consecutive rounds, and the team has lost points only once. And the players of Brentford in the seven most recent matches of the championship got only one victory, and in the last ten – only two. In the first round of this season the “lions” smashed the “bees” in a head-to-head encounter 4-0. And then Brentford looked stronger than now, and Aston Villa was not as powerful as in the current state. Our prediction is that the visitors will not lose.