Aston Villa vs Fulham Prediction, 4/4/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Aston Villa vs Fulham
Date: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Location: Villa Park in Birmingham, England
Odds/Point Spread: Aston Villa (+120) Fulham (+230)
Ademola Lookman and Fulham (5-11-14, 18th in the EPL) go to Villa Park on Sunday where they'll meet Aston Villa (12-5-11, 10th in the EPL). The goalies expected to start will be Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa and Alphonse Areola for Fulham. Aston Villa are at +120 while the Cottagers are priced at +230. The total opens at 2.5.
Aston Villa played Tottenham in their last matchup and went home with a loss by a final score of 2-0. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 79.4% received passes rate by converting 331 of the 417 targeted passes in their last outing. Aston Villa attempted 9 dribbles in this contest and completed 6 of the attempts for a rate of 66.7%. Concerning shot accuracy, Aston Villa finished the game at a 12.5% clip by hitting 1 shot on target out of 8 total shots. Aston Villa sports an average of 1.32 goals per 90 minutes (37 goals in total) and have racked up 29 assists in all matches this season.
Bertrand Traore is a guy who should be able to impact this match for Aston Villa. Traore has been given a starting assignment in 143 contests in his pro soccer career while he scores 0.39 goals per 90 minutes. The forward hailing from Burkina Faso has 53 goals in 12,089 mins played. He has 18 assists while accumulating 24 yellow cards in his pro soccer career. Another guy who could decide the outcome is Ollie Watkins, the forward hailing from England. He has helped a teammate on a goal 23 times in his career while scoring 76 goals. Watkins has been on the pitch for 18,442 mins in 203 career starts and has been given a total of 27 yellow card cautions. He is currently averaging 0.37 goals per 90 minutes during his soccer career.
The man who will protect the net for Aston Villa will be Emiliano Martinez. Martinez (36-23-38 mark in his career) has 35 clean sheets, which has earned him a 36.1% shutout percentage. The keeper born in Argentina has faced 444 shots tried at him in 97 starting assignments. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.2 (120 total goals allowed) and his save percentage is 74.5. Martinez has seen the pitch for a total of 8,779 minutes and has 327 saves during his pro soccer career.
For their last outing, Fulham walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1 against Leeds United. Fulham earned a 64.7% successful dribble rate by connecting on 11 of the 17 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this outing by converting 265 of the 342 passing attempts earning a percentage of 77.5%. Fulham connected on 4 shots tried out of 13 shots tried which had them at a 30.8% rate when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 22 goals and 16 assists for all their matches, Fulham averages 0.73 goals and 0.53 assists per 90 minutes.
Ademola Lookman should provide a lift for Fulham. The forward hailing from England has earned 7,147 minutes and he has scored 20 goals. He has accounted for 9 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 11 times. He scores 0.25 goals per 90 minutes and has been given a starting assignment in 72 games during his pro soccer career. Make sure to keep an eye out for Ivan Cavaleiro, the forward representing Portugal. He has scored 30 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 29 different times. Cavaleiro has been given 22 yellow card warnings in 13,087 minutes played (149 career starts). His goals per 90 average in his career is 0.21.
Alphonse Areola will be residing in front of the goal for Fulham. Areola has recorded 87 shutouts while seeing 710 shots tried against him in 18,650 mins throughout his career. He is the owner of a save % of 73.8 and his shutout rate is currently 42.0%. He has conceded 0.97 goals per 90 while he holds a record of 106-54-47. Thus far in his career, Areola has given up 200 goals and has accounted for 524 saves in 207 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Aston Villa (+120)
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