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.

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Match in Focus

17:00 Th 2Jul

Alashkert v St Johnstone

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • St Johnstone have lost one of their last nine fixtures
Expert verdict
St Johnstone failed to win any of their four Europa League qualifiers last season but should have the edge over ordinary Armenian side Alashkert in the capital, Yerevan. Recent experience of European football should be an advantage for St Johnstone and they have nothing to fear from Alashkert, who finished 23 points adrift in last season's Armenian title race.

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