Benjamin Swain (@Swaaainn) previews Aston Villa v Brentford and provides us with his best bets for this Championship encounter, by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Aston Villa v Brentford Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 22/08/2018
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Villa Park

The form book might count for little in this tight affair, as 4th placed Brentford travel to 5th placed Aston Villa on Wednesday night in the Championship.

Villa started the new Championship campaign with a 100% record, scoring 6 goals in the process, despite losing their top scorer of last season.

Lewis Grabban scored 20 goals last season in the Championship, 8 in 13 after Joining Villa in January, but the clubs recent takeover has recovered the optimism within the club.

Their first point of call was retaining Steve Bruce who guided the Villans to the Playoff final just last season. He himself has expressed his delight of the takeover, which has seen the club be able to keep hold of the key players of that oh so nearly promotion, last season.

Jack Grealish remains a Villa player for now, despite huge interest from Champions league side, Tottenham, but Steve Bruce has managed to retain his defence which conceded the third least goals in the Championship last season.

Failing to repeat their scoring efforts of the first two fixtures, Villa’s defence, Hutton, Jedinak, Chester and Tuanzebe, all with premier league experience, limited Ipswich to just the single goal to share the spoils on this occasion. The numbers so far, however, pose the question whether a repeat of this lesser attacking performance could well leave Villa short of the mark against an inform Brentford side.

Brentford top the charts for shots on target so far in the Championship this campaign managing 24 in three games.

The Bees brushed aside newly-promoted Rotherham by scoring 5 goals in a 6 goal thriller and should have recorded more than the 2 they scored past Sheffield Wednesday without reply. Recently relegated, Stoke City limited Brentford to just one goal and while that was enough to share the points, Villa should be concerned over Ollie Watkins’ name appearing on the score-sheet once again.

Three goals in as many league games, he is best priced at 17/5 to score anytime, but punters shouldn’t be too eager to fall completely ignorant of this proven Steve Bruce defence. Only once have Villa conceded more than a single goal in a fixture this season.

Potential Aston Villa Starting XI: Nyland, Hutton, Jedinak, Chester, Tuanzebe, Green, Bjarnason, McGinn, Elmohamady, Grealish, Kodjia

Potential Brentford Starting XI: Bentley, Barbet, Mepham, Konsa, Dalsgaard, Macleod, McEachran, Sawyers, Canos, Maupay, Watkins

Head To Head

  • In 10 fixtures between these two, Villa have the upper hand currently.
  • Five meetings were won by Villa, while Brentford have won just two.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Brentford have scored 4+ goals in two of their four fixtures so far this season.
  • Brentford lead the charts in terms of shots on target, totalling 24, an average of 8 per game.
  • Brentford have the second best defensive record in the league so far, conceding two.
  • Villa have scored 3 goals in two of their four fixtures so far this season.
  • Only once have Villa conceded more than a single goal in a game, this season.

Betting Odds

  • Villa 13/8
  • Draw 5/2
  • Brentford 39/20

The Verdict

I can’t separate these sides, Villa possessing one of the strongest defences in the league, and Brentford posing plenty of attacking threat. The two to cancel each other out and the match to finish as a draw!

Despite both sides regarded as free-scoring so far this campaign, both defences have proven their worth also, both this season and last.

Recommended Bets

  • Draw 5/2 (William Hill)
  • Both teams to score, No 6/5 (BetVictor)