The Daily Acca: Aston Villa to keep the pressure on the top two

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce
Aston Villa are looking like serious contenders for automatic promotion
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It's all about the Championship for a returning Paul Robinson this evening as he expects Aston Villa to continue their automatic promotion charge. Here are his selections:

- Back Aston Villa @ 8/13
- Back BTTS in Sheffield United v Burton @ 6/4
- Back Ipswich @ 15/8

The Acca pays approximately 11/1

Villa machine to keep on rolling

Bet 1: Back Aston Villa @ 8/13 - KO 19:45 GMT

Before I get into why I fancy the Villa win, hopefully you will all be betting on it with your winnings from the Cheltenham Festival. Gordon Elliott has plenty of chances and you can read his views on his day one runners here.

Just when we thought that Wolves had the Championship title wrapped up, they have begin to falter, most notably at Villa Park on Saturday. The 4-1 success for Steve Bruce's men means that Cardiff are now only three points behind the leaders, with Aston Villa just four further back.

QPR pulled out their first win in a while at the weekend but that was at home and against Sunderland. Their record on the road is pretty poor - just two wins all season - and they have now lost four of their last five.

Compare that with the fact that the hosts have taken 16 points from a possible 18 here of late and we have ourselves a pretty nailed on home win.

Blades to prove too sharp for Burton

Bet 2: Back BTTS in Sheffield United v Burton @ 6/4 - KO 19:45 GMT

This fixture at Bramall Lane features two teams that absolutely need to win, and that will hopefully lead to goals at both ends.

The Blades are in ninth, five points behind Middlesbrough in sixth, but they do have a game in hand over all of their rivals. Victory this evening would see them move up to seventh, and they couldn't have hoped for much better an opponent.

Burton are second from bottom having taken just 30 points this term. They did win their last away match though, and they have netted in five of their last seven on their travels.

Chris Wilder's side have now won their last two outings at Bramall Lane, but they conceded in both matches, so BTTS seems too big at the current price.

Tractor Boys to end barren home run

Bet 3: Back Ipswich @ 15/8 - KO 19:45 GMT

Hull City were involved in a fantastic game on Saturday as they beat Norwich 4-3, but that was at home - their fourth home game in a row - and I have to feel that they are vulnerable for their trip to Portman Road.

Ipswich are a big price at 15/8 for the win as they are unbeaten in three - beating both Preston and Sheffield Wednesday, and drawing with Sheffield United.

Admittedly the two victories were away from home and they haven't won in four on this ground, but they did keep two clean sheets and both Wolves and Cardiff were amongst the visitors.

The Tigers have lost six of seven on their travels and they are a poor team overall.

There is also Champions League action this evening and I can recommend Mike Holden's preview of Manchester United v Sevilla.

2017/18 P/L (1pt each bet)

Wagered: 166pts
Returned: 154.25pts
P/L: -11.75pts

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