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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Levante v Villarreal

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Levante have lost just two of last ten La Liga home games
Expert verdict
Villarreal have spiced up their ranks with some exciting arrivals but they may take time to find their stride and a trip to newly-promoted Levante is no easy challenge. The hosts dropped just nine points on home soil during their title-winning campaign, bouncing back to the top-flight at the first time of asking, and Villarreal have failed to win their opening game in the past two seasons.

 

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