Villa need to concentrate on league form before cup semi-final
Aston Villa may have been viewing Tuesday’s clash with Queens Park Rangers as an opportunity to move away from the relegation zone but, after the R’s big win at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, they may now be having second thoughts.
That was only Rangers’ second win since Chris Ramsey took over from Harry Redknapp and just their second victory of the season on the road. But it couldn’t have come at a better time and another three points in Birmingham would go a long way towards convincing fans and neutrals alike that the Londoners are up for the fight to stay in the Premier League.
If successful at Villa Park, QPR would leap-frog their opponents who are currently three points better off but have a worse goal difference thanks to conceding three against Manchester United at Old Trafford at the weekend.
Aston Villa have lost their last two but did win their three previous matches in cup and league and have an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to. But Tim Sherwood needs to make sure his team aren’t focused solely on that Wembley date as they are in a real dogfight for survival.
Ashley Westwood and Scott Sinclair both missed the trip to Old Trafford and may also miss out against QPR. Alan Hutton is also a doubt but captain Ron Vlaar could be recalled for what is a vital game in the relegation stakes.
Games between these sides at Villa Park usually feature plenty of goals and this could be another open encounter. Benteke and Agbonlahor can outscore Austin and over 2.5 total goals and a home win is worth a second look at 23/10 in the Matchbet + Totals market. Villa are 23/20 to take three vital points in the 3-way betting.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, April 7 at Villa Park.