Aston Villa vs. Bournemouth Live Stream and odds – Villa Park hosts FA Cup clash

Championship league leaders will be out to claim a major scalp when they travel to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa.

The Cherries have impressed many this season with their attractive attacking football and with an average of just over 2 goals a game scored this season possess a real threat to a struggling Villa side.

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With Bradford, Middlesbrough, Bolton and Cambridge United all making headlines on an exciting weekend of cup action, the onus will be on the ambitious south coast club to continue the impressive run of unfancied teams.

Eddie Howe’s side suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat to Leeds United in the lead up to the trip to the Midlands however they maintained their place at the top of the table with their rivals for promotion also slipping up.

Howe is likely to hand a second start in a week to goalkeeper Artur Boruc following his return from injury while Dan Gosling could come into the midfield.

Villa meanwhile will had a first start to recent signing Charles Gil. The Spanish midfielder impressed in a second-half cameo in last week’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool after signing from Valencia and is set to be asked provide the creativity in the side.

Manager Paul Lambert has doubts over Gabby Agbonlahor and Joe Cole (both hamstring) while Ron Vlaar (knee), Philippe Senderos (calf) and Libor Kozak (broken leg) are definitely out.

Ciaran Clark is back from suspension and will go straight back in the defence.
Villa lost to cup specialists Sheffield United in the third round last season and while hurdle was overcome this year, Lambert is all too aware of how important a good cup run is to the fans and players.

“I got pilloried last year. The FA Cup is vital to this football club and we will go and try and win it. We have to have a cup run”. He said.

“If we can get a good cup run it is then in the memory for everyone. We would love to go to Wembley.

“We will go as strong as we can to win the game. I have rarely picked a weakened team.”

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.