We’re focusing on Derby vs Aston Villa for this week’s Build A Bet tips and are eyeing an 8/1 pay-out on Monday’s Championship play-off final.
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ASTON VILLA TO WIN
Anything can happen in a one-off game of such importance, but it is still impossible to ignore the form book ahead of this clash, with Villa taking six points off Derby during the regular season, scoring seven goals and conceding none. Villa ended County’s six-match unbeaten run when a late flurry saw them prevail 3-0 at Pride Park in November and they went one better on home turf in early March, with all four goals coming before the interval on that occasion.
TAMMY ABRAHAM TO SCORE
Only Norwich hot-shot Teemu Pukki netted more times than Abraham in the Championship, with the on-loan Chelsea forward bagging 25 goals in this division. The 21-year-old was on target in both meetings with the Rams and has struck in five of his last seven matches after successfully converting a penalty in the first leg of Villa’s play-off triumph over West Brom – as well as firing in the winning spot-kick in a subsequent shoot-out with the Baggies at The Hawthorns.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Championship play-off finals can be cagey affairs, with huge riches at stake for reaching the Premier League, but Dean Smith and Frank Lampard do not seem like managers who are prepared to be left wondering what might have been if they had only used more positive tactics. The stats certainly support this selection, as both teams scored in 65 per cent of Villa’s matches this season and 58 per cent of games involving Derby.
BRADLEY JOHNSON TO BE CARDED
The Derby midfielder has received nine bookings this term and there is still time to maintain a record of reaching double figures in all three of his seasons with the Rams. The 32-year-old was also given a retrospective four-match ban by the Football Association for a biting incident involving Stoke’s Joe Allen back in November and is known for his combative style.
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