May 27, 2015 18:18:50 UK
Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood says teammate Christian Benteke can be the match winner for his team in Saturday’s FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Benteke has rediscovered his best form recently, finishing the season on 15 goals after a slow start both personally and for Villa as a unit.
Under Paul Lambert, Villa went through a well-publicised goal drought during the early months of the season but having come back from an Achilles problem, the Belgian striker’s goals ensured Villa got themselves out of a relegation dogfight.
He’s back to his best now, bullying defenders and I’m sure they’ll have sleepless nights.
Now they have turned their attention to Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, a game Tim Sherwood’s team are 6.50 to win, and Westwood say Benteke is the man to give Arsenal something to think about.
“He’s back to his best now, bullying defenders and I’m sure they’ll have sleepless nights, they won’t want to be playing against him,” Westwood said.
Benteke, 4.00 to score at anytime in the cup final, has scored 12 times in his last 12 Villa appearances and according to Westwood there is confidence within the squad they can pull off a cup final surprise.
“We know how good we are, if we play like we can do we can match anyone,” said Westwood.
“We’ve got internationals throughout the team, Fabs (Fabian Delph) and Clevs (Tom Cleverley) are on form, Christian is a real handful for anyone, I’m sure they’ll be having sleepless nights about him.”
Villa are 3.75 to lift the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday and according to Westwood the presence of boyhood fan Jack Grealish in the side could be another big factor.
“He’s a Villa fan, Villa through and through. He said he used to stand on the Holte End, to have a fan in your team, that’s what you’d want on FA Cup final day,” he added.
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