Saturday, February 26, 2011



There have been some incredibly high scoring encounters between these two clubs at Villa Park in recent seasons and given the team news today, I see this being little different. Last five h2h meetings here have ended 3-2. 3-1, 6-4, 3-1 and 3-1, the last of which was a FA Cup tie less than a month ago. The reverse league game at Ewood Park "only" produced two goals with Villa failing to register, but it was not for want of trying as they had 11 attempts on target, a big number on the road in the EPL. Hosts have struggled to keep clean sheets all season and can claim just one in 20 outings going back to late October, that came against Manchester City and the highflying Blues had 24 attempts on goal, so it is clear where Villa's problems lie, those problems have been compounded today with the news that they are without both starting centre backs in James Collins and Carlos Cuellar. Rovers are perennial poor travellers and have conceded a league high 31 times on the road, with a massive 23 allowed in their last 8 away starts in all competitions. Their giant defender Christopher Samba is expected to play but has been suffering with a virus this week and might be less than 100% fit, all in all, goals look very likely .

"over" 2.75 goals 2.19

Good Luck.

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