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25/09/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Villa Park V Predicted Score:2 - 0

Away Rotherham United

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Kodija is the main goalscoring threat for Villa, but midfielder Conor Hourihane has also started the season well, netting two goals from midfield.

The ex-Barnsley man will be a real threat from set pieces and long range, and he is a profitable football prediction to get on the scoresheet.

The Republic of Ireland international is at 9/5 to score anytime with William Hill.

9/5 Hourihane to score anytime
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2 We fancy:

Villa have not really got into gear yet this season, with two wins, four draws and a loss in league action.

Bruce knows that a second failed promotion push will probably cost him his job, and he will be transmitting that to his players.

With that in mind, a 2-0 home win looks a strong option as a football score prediction, available at 11/2 with bet365.

11/2 Aston Villa to win 2-0
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3 It's a long shot, but…

Rotherham have performed relatively well this season, but they have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks.

Just three goals in their last four league and cup games tells its own story of goal issues.

With that in mind, Villa are available at 11/8 with Sky Bet to win to nil, in another football prediction with a good profit return. 

11/8 Aston Villa to win to nil
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One to Watch: Jonathan Kodjia

If Villa are to achieve promotion this season, then striker Kodjia needs to feature heavily in their Championship previews.

He has three goals already in the league so far this season, and he is always worth a mention in Championship predictions.

The former Bristol City man is at 7/2 with Ladbrokes to score first. 

7/2 Kodjia to score first
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Team News

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Aston Villa should have a fully-fit squad for this tie. Youngsters James Bree and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy could start as Steve Bruce looks to freshen things up. 

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Rotherham will be without defender Sean Raggett through injury, with Billy Jones set to step in.

Aston Villa vs Rotherham United Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

There’s pressure on the likes of Jack Grealish to perform for Aston Villa against Rotherham

Villa are under pressure and Rotherham are not, it is as simple as that for the 2018-19 season. A mid-table finish would be viewed as a step in the right direction for Paul Warne’s side after achieving promotion last season, and it not necessarily games like this that they are expected to pick up valuable points.

How Bruce’s players cope with that consistent pressure in each game will define how they do this season, and given the transfer budget he has had available, there is little room for excuses.

A win on Tuesday night could send them as high as fifth in the Championship table, and make something of a statement to their promotion rivals following a low-key start to their league campaign.

Whilst it may not be the most exciting option as a football bet tip and prediction for this midweek round of games, a simple home victory is priced at 4/9 with Betfair.  

Predicted Score: Aston Villa 2 - 0 Rotherham United

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Written by Feargal Brennan

Feargal Brennan is a long-suffering Everton fan who turned to European football for respite from the Toffees’ struggles. A frequent radio contributor, Feargal writes on football and betting and is an expert in how to cope when you support a forever frustrating football team.