Villa Park, Aston, England
Key Stat: After losing to Leicester City in their opening game of the month, Fulham then went five games unbeaten throughout the rest of February.
Expert Verdict: It is impossible to overestimate the influence of home town boy Jack Grealish to the Aston Villa team. His return will not only be a boost to Dean Smith’s side but also a big worry for Scott Parker’s Fulham who will need to be wary of his creativity. Fulham’s away form has been stronger than their home form this season and they will be looking for their fourth win on the road. If they do so then they can begin to believe that the great escape is once again on, after it suffered blips with defeats to Manchester City and Leeds United.
Aston Villa will be delighted to welcome back star-player and captain Jack Grealish to their side. He returns after an absence of six games during which they won only one game and slipped from 8th and four points away from a Champions League spot to 10th and ten points from the top four. Fulham will be keen to try and get back to winning ways after losing consecutive games going into the international break. The Premier League match takes place on April 4 and the live action at Villa Park kicks off at 16:30 local time.
Defenders:Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett
Midfielders:Douglas Luiz, John McGinn
Defensive Midfielders:Bertrand Traore, Jack Grealish, Trezeguet
Defenders:Kenny Tete, Joachim Andersen, Tosin Adarabioyo, Ola Aina
Midfielders:Bobby De Cordova Reid, Mario Lemina, Harrison Reed, Ademola Lookman
Forwards:Ivan Cavaleiro, Josh Maja
In spite of first meeting in 1905 in the FA Cup, the two sides have had relatively few games against each other when compared to other teams. They have been extremely well matched over the years with Aston Villa coming out on top in 24 games, Fulham in 25, and 22 stalemates. In recent years it has been the West Londoners on top with only three defeats in eleven match-ups. However, it was Villa who were victors at Craven Cottage earlier in the season, romping to a 3-0 win with goals from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings.
Aston Villa are favourites and can be backed at 13/10 with 10Bet to win
Both sides to score has been set at 7/8 with Betway
Ollie Watkins is 2/1 with 10Bet to score at any time
It will be interesting to see if Jack Grealish is able to get through a full game or Fulham may look to weather the storm whilst he is on the pitch and go for broke if he is withdrawn. Either way, we expect Fulham to be back to the form we saw in February and provide a stern test for Villa. Overall we are backing the home side to take three points in a tight game.