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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Fiorentina v Torino

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • Torino have drawn four of their last seven matches
Expert verdict
Fiorentina suffered an extraordinary collapse in their Europa League tie with Borussia Monchengladbach on Thursday – leading 3-0 on aggregate before conceding four goals inside 17 minutes – and that may still be on their minds when they face Torino in Florence. Torino lost 4-1 at Roma last time out but have had a full week to prepare and can take a share of the points.

 

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