Cool, calm and collected. Three words that sum up Brentford’s convincing win against Sheffield Wednesday.
A hat-trick of league games without defeat puts The Bees three points shy of Middlesbrough in top spot, and suddenly the Bees are priced at 7/1 to win the league at LeoVegas SPORT. A midweek trip to Aston Villa is up next, who also sit on seven points. An away victory at Villa Park is priced at 17/10.
On Sunday, Dean Smith stuck with the same line-up as against Stoke and the system worked like a charm with Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins on the scoresheet, and a season’s first clean sheet for the day’s captain Daniel Bentley. This, the season’s first midweek league game, provides a new test for Dean Smith as his players will have not have a full week to recover, but hopefully recent form over Villa will aid in securing a positive result.
Villa have failed to beat The Bees in the last four meetings, and while last season’s play-off finalists have mirrored Brentford’s form this season, their 1-1 draw at 10-men Ipswich was not a particularly convincing performance.
With the all-important first clean sheet of the season secured, an away win-to-nil looks good value at almost 4/1 and while the back four deserve praise, we also salute the form of the front men, Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins.
We’re three games in and they’ve scored three each, with Maupay also bagging a trio of assists along the way. Our dynamic duo are flying into the new season. Maupay is 5/1 to score first, while Watkins is priced at 3/1 to net anytime at Villa as Brentford look to continue their charge up the table.
Leo’s Prediction: Aston Villa 0-1 Brentford, priced at 8/1
Leo’s Tip: Aston Villa tend to struggle to break Brentford down, with Brentford outscoring Villa over the last four games. Head over to our website to see the full statistical breakdown ahead of the game.