HIBS and Aston Villa clash in the first leg of their Europa Conference League play-off.
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Hibernian vs Aston Villa preview
Aston Villa kick-start their European adventure against Hibernian this week, and the Premier League side are fancied to secure a healthy first-leg advantage.
The Villans bounced back from their opening day massacre at Newcastle with a thumping 4-0 win of their own against Everton on Sunday afternoon.
They boasted over 60% possession and struck 13 efforts on goal with seven of those on target to secure their first maximum points of the campaign.
Villa also have a no-so secret weapon in manager Unai Emery, who is something of a specialist in European competitions. The Spanish tactician has won the Europa League on four occasions and will fancy his chances of progressing deep into this knockout tournament.
As for Hibs, they secured a 5-3 aggregate victory over Switzerland’s Luzern before beating Raith Rovers to tee up a Viaplay Cup quarter-final meeting with St Mirren.
It’s been an intense schedule for Lee Johnson’s side, who are carrying a number of injuries ahead of their SEVENTH match in 20 days.
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Hibernian vs Aston Villa betting tips
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Unai Emery will more than likely shuffle his pack for Wednesday’s contest… but that’s not exactly great news for Hibs.
The likes of Philippe Coutinho, Youri Tielemans and Bertrand Traore should all feature from the start, and will look to play themselves into Emery’s thinking for Sunday’s trip to Burnley.
The hosts haven’t had too much trouble finding the net having scored 16 goals in their last six matches, but they’ve also conceded 10 and haven’t managed a clean sheet in any of their last 10.
Goals could very much be on the menu this week, and that’s why we’re backing Villa to win and both teams to score at 9/5 with Paddy Power.
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Though changes are in the offing for Villa, it’s unlikely Emery will make wholesale changes in such an important knockout clash.
That’s likely to mean a start for Ollie Watkins, who’ll be desperate to get his first goals of the campaign. The 27-year-old scored 16 goals in 40 appearances last season, with the vast majority of those arriving after Emery’s arrival.
Watkins was taken off with over 20 minutes remaining against Everton, and should be primed for a big outing against the Scottish Premiership side.
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