Something for the weekend
Matt Briggs picks out the early football value and fancies Aston Villa to enhance an already excellent away record.
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Barclays Premier League
Paul Lambert has won more games away from home than at home with Aston Villa and he will fancy his chances of another away-day triumph at West Ham on Saturday.
Villa's away record has been referenced in this column before, but a 33 per cent win ratio away from Villa Park since 2008 is something to stand up and take notice of. In that time, £10 on every away game would have seen you almost £330 in profit, so the maths about taking the 11/4 for a win in the East End looks spot on.
They have managed two clean sheets in their last two away games - a goalless draw at Hull and a 1-0 win at Norwich - and have already chalked up an impressive away win at leaders Arsenal.
Lambert's men have struggled to maintain possession this season, but they have pace to burn on the break and they look perfectly set-up to play on the road.
Their 2-0 home defeat to Everton wasn't ideal preparation for a trip to the capital, but they wasted numerous chances at Villa Park, including a penalty miss from dangerman Christian Benteke. Benteke also missed another gilt-edged chance, while Andi Weimann also wasted a glorious opportunity before Everton made them pay.
The Hammers, who have a tough test at Burnley in midweek, are unlikely to be as ruthless as Everton though, and they have already been turned over at home by Manchester City, Everton and Stoke.
Stoke's deserved 1-0 victory earlier in the season will give Villa hope they can repeat the feat. The Potters dominated possession that day and were well worth their victory and Villa look worth an interest at 11/4 to condemn the Hammers to another home defeat.
Sky Bet Championship
Bournemouth have scored in every Championship game this term and 11/8 about them sinking Bolton on the south coast looks too good to miss.
Eddie Howe's men have taken to life in the second tier like a duck to water and on home soil they have chalked up four wins from their six games. With that in mind they look a big price to sink Bolton, who have just one win on their travels - at struggling Birmingham.
Dougie Freedman said his side lacked belief after they were pegged back by Ipswich at home last week and with just one win to their name this season their confidence is at a low ebb.
Bournemouth on the other hand will be full of belief after two encouraging away performances - a draw at Nottingham Forest (1-1) and 2-1 defeat at fancied Leicester. Howe was full of praise for his charges and a repeat of their last home performance- a 5-2 win over Millwall - should be enough for them to take the points from the Trotters.
Sky Bet League One
If points were awarded for pretty football then Lee Johnson's Oldham would be top of League One.
The Latics however, are languishing in mid-table, but Johnson can only be applauded for the way he has got his side playing and last weekend's 2-1 win over Swindon was well deserved. Johnson said his side look capable of going on a run and they look more than capable of grabbing back-to-back wins at Bristol City.
Oldham have only won once on the road in the league, but their recent win at Preston in the JPT showed what they are capable of and the 11/4 about them winning at Ashton Gate looks a decent price.
City will be boosted by their first win of the season last weekend - a 4-2 win at Carlisle, but at home they are yet to chalk up a win so the 11/10 looks very short and Oldham and their passing style are worth chancing.
Sky Bet League Two
Keith Hill bemoaned his side's profligacy in front of goal at Dagenham as Rochdale were beaten 3-1 in League Two, but they should bounce back against AFC Wimbledon.
Dale were top of the table going into their clash with the in-form Daggers and were tipped up in this column, but the pressure was too much as they slipped to defeat. Hill said his side had passed up too many goalscoring chances, but his men will hopefully be back at the races on home and with the pressure off, having relinquished top spot to Oxford, the 10/11 about a home win looks good value and they're worth another chance.
Wimbledon, who are are on a six-match losing run, have conceded the first goal in each one of those games and if they concede first at Spotland they're likely to taste another defeat against a Dale side who have won all six games in which they have scored first.