FA Cup can be perfect tonic for Villa

Aston Villa v Ipswich

PAUL LAMBERT is under huge pressure at the moment but I reckon he’ll be welcoming an FA Cup tie right now.

There are many people who reckon Aston Villa are set for an embarrassing fall at home to Ipswich but my money is on the Premier League outfit at a decent price.

Clearly Villa are in poor form though the 2-2 draw against Swansea did at least end a sequence of horror defeats. But the pressure’s off and it isn’t as though they are up against a side setting the Championship alight.

Ipswich are themselves in a relegation scrap and Mick McCarthy has said he’ll make changes. I also like Leeds at home to injury-hit Birmingham but Villa are my main bet on Saturday.

Aston Villa

Match in Focus


Deportivo v Las Palmas

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Deportivo have not won any of their last 13 matches
Expert verdict
Second-bottom Deportivo haven't triumphed since December and may have to settle for a point against fellow strugglers Las Palmas despite both teams needing a win to ease substantial relegation concerns. Depor have scored just one goal in their last seven matches and their goalscoring problems may continue. Las Palmas also lack firepower and have netted just six away league goals all season.



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