Aston Villa got off to a dreadful start in their weekend FA Cup clash with Swansea City, the West Midlands side going a goal behind in the second minute and never really looking like pulling level in the first half. Indeed the Swans added a second just two minutes after the break and the game was out of reach when they stormed into a 3-0 lead just twelve minutes from time at Villa Park. Dean Smith’s side have now won just one of their last seven outings across all competitions and the Villa boss will be hoping that his side can turn things around and move back towards the play-off positions, starting with a win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa.
As things stand, Villa sit just five points adrift of sixth-placed Derby County in the Championship table and they have proven themselves to be tough opposition on their travels. With wins at Derby County (0-3), Middlesbrough (0-3) and Swansea City (0-1) as well as draws at West Bromwich Albion (2-2) and Preston North End (1-1) in the last couple of months, we envisage the Villans managing something for their efforts on Saturday.
Wigan Athletic were also dumped out of the FA Cup last weekend courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, however of more concern to manager Paul Cook was the fact that this result extended their winless run to eight games in all competitions. Indeed the Latics have now lost all-but-one of their last seven games with a failure to find a net in each one of these defeats, therefore we’ll be siding with the visitors to edge their way to three points and cause Latics boss Paul Cook more reason for concern as he looks anxiously at a relegation zone which now lies just four points away, BetVictor Bookmakers going 13/10 on Aston Villa to win.