Wycombe Wanderers v Aston Villa Tips – Possibly upset for the Villans
Remi Garde's struggling Villans will be put to the test by League Two side Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Saturday afternoon.
January 7th, 2016
The Frenchman took over as Villa manager from Tim Sherwood earlier this season, however as yet he has been unable to turn things around at the West Midlands club. Garde’s men forced a draw against Manchester City in his first game as manager, however since then they have returned just three points from their last eight matches and their winless run in the top flight now stretches back nineteen games.
Indeed, they have won just a solitary Premier League match since the start of the season, defeating new-boys Bournemouth on the opening day of the campaign. As such, the new boss is feeling the strain already and the big question is, will the pressure be eased this weekend? Garde’s refusal to shake hands with Sam Allardyce following the 3-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland last week was indicative of the severe pressure which the Villa manager finds himself under and a failure to sweep past Wycombe in the FA Cup on Saturday would hardly help the Frenchman’s cause one bit.
With the side sitting seven points adrift at the bottom of the top flight and looking increasingly like bankers for relegation, could things actually get much worse for Aston Villa? This question will be answered on Saturday at Adams Park and with the hosts making a decent challenge for promotion to League One,Wanderers will be hugely confident of clinching a win against the wounded Premier League side.
We certainly share their optimism. Villa struggled twice at home to lower league opposition in this season’s Capital One Cup, needing extra time to squeeze past League two side Notts County and winning by a single goal against Championship side Birmingham City. As such, we’re very wary of backing the visitors to win against a Wycombe side who have nothing whatsoever to lose.
We’re not convinced that the home side can pull off a giant-killing act within ninety minutes, however we’re somewhat more confident that they can avoid defeat and we’ll be backing them on the double chance market, Bet365 going 8/11 for Wycombe-Draw. Despite being amongst the title challengers this season, Wanderers are also one of the lowest scoring sides in the division and this statistic makes us very wary of backing them to win in 90 minutes.
Nevertheless, Wycombe are very solid at the back with clean sheets in all of their last three outings. They will certainly be looking to keep things tight at the back on Saturday and frustrate their Premier League opponents. As such, we don’t expect too many goals in this match, although should Villa get themselves in front, they will be eager to protect their lead and avoid any drama. Similarly, the home side will be desperate not to let the tie get away from them, therefore we’ll be backing ‘Both Teams to Score – No’ with Paddy Power going Evens for such an outcome and ‘Under 2.5 goals’ at odds of 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
Full live coverage at 12:45pm, Saturday January 9th on BT Sport 2