Brentford vs Aston Villa Prediction, 1/2/2022 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brentford vs Aston Villa
Date: Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location: Brentford Community Stadium in London, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Brentford (+180) Aston Villa (+155)
Danny Ings and Aston Villa (7-1-10, 11th in the EPL) travel to Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on Brentford (5-5-7, 13th in the EPL). The starting goalies will be Alvaro Fernandez for Brentford and Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa. Brentford are at +180 while the Villains are at +155. The total opens at 2.5.
Brentford faced off with Brighton in their last matchup and took a loss by a score of 2-0. Brentford tried 16 dribbles in this contest and converted 13 of the attempts for a rate of 81.3%. In regard to passing, they earned a 83.9% rate by converting 369 out of their 440 passing attempts in their last match.
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Regarding shot accuracy, Brentford walked away from the pitch at a 31.3% rate by landing 5 shots on target of 16 total shots. Brentford averages 1.18 goals per 90 (20 total goals) and are sitting with 11 assists in all matches for the year.
Bryan Mbeumo is a guy who should impact this matchup for Brentford. Mbeumo has been in the starting lineup in 121 matchups in his career and he tallies 0.33 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from France has tallied 37 goals scored in 10,016 mins. He has totaled 21 assists while earning 14 yellow card cautions so far in his career.
Another guy who should impact this match is Ivan Toney, the forward representing England. He has helped a teammate on a goal 36 times in his career and he has scored 111 total goals. Toney has played 19,284 mins in 209 starts and has been handed 61 yellow card cautions. He currently averages 0.52 goals per 90 mins thus far in his career.
The man who will protect the net for Brentford will be Alvaro Fernandez. Fernandez (31-18-35 mark in his professional soccer career) has 24 clean sheets, which gives him a 28.6% shutout percentage. The keeper hailing from Spain has had 250 shots sent in his direction in 84 starting assignments. His goals against per 90 minutes is 1.2 (102 goals allowed) and he has earned a save percentage of 70.0. Fernandez has played for a total of 7,605 mins and has earned 179 saves thus far in his career.
The last time they took the field, Aston Villa went home defeated by a final of 3-1 against Chelsea. They finished the match by completing 388 out of their 455 passing tries earning a percentage of 85.3%. Aston Villa earned a 33.3% successful dribble percentage by converting 4 of the 12 dribbles they tried. Aston Villa had 1 SoT out of the team's 8 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 12.5% clip when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 22 goals and 18 assists in all matches, Aston Villa averages 1.22 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 minutes.
Danny Ings will be someone to watch for Aston Villa. The forward from England has been on the pitch for 19,160 minutes and has scored 92 goals. He has accumulated 21 yellow cards in his pro soccer career and has helped a teammate on a goal 25 times. He averages 0.43 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 219 games in his career. You should also watch out for Ollie Watkins, the forward born in England. He has earned 85 goals so far in his career while assisting on a goal 26 times. Watkins has been given 33 yellow card cautions in 20,612 minutes played (227 starting assignments). His goals per 90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.37.
Emiliano Martinez will be looking after the net for Aston Villa. In his career, Martinez has conceded 161 goals while earning 415 stops in 124 starting assignments. He has conceded 1.29 goals per 90 minutes while he holds a record of 47-26-51. He has a save % of 73.7 and his clean sheet rate is currently 33.1%. Martinez has earned 41 clean sheets and has defended 567 shots against him in 11,209 minutes throughout his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Brentford (+180)
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