After a glorious start to the season that saw them flirting with the top three for extended periods in the first half of the season, the wheels seem to be coming off the Aston Villa bandwagon. They have struggled to get positive results in recent weeks and although they are still 4th on the log, it is starting to get slippery for them and the chasing pack seem to be ready to pounce should they slip any further. The latest setback for the Villans came in midweek as they hosted Chelsea for a replay of their FA Cup 5th Round fixture. They had no answers for a Blues team that has also been struggling, losing 3-1 to them. Unai Emery will be looking for them to regroup quickly for this
On the contrary, Manchester United have found their stride and are in the ascendacy at the moment. Their strikers that endured prolonged droughts in the first half of the season have now find their scoring boots and the goals have been flowing in recent weeks. A 3-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford kast weekend was their 4th win in 5 games and they are in 6th place but just 8 points away from the 4th placed hosts. Ten Hag is getting most of his squad back to fitness and the corresponding results are somewhat validating his earlier assertions about the injuries having been a major factor in their inconsistent play.
This is a crucial game for both of these teams. Villa will be desperate to steady their ship that has run into turbulent waters in recent weeks. United though are on an upward trajectory at the moment and confidence is sky high within their rank and file. We feel the Red Devils form is not built on quick sand and there is value in backing them to continue that revival. As such, we are backing United to win or draw this clash as our opening Aston Villa vs Manchester United prediction.
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Our Aston Villa vs Manchester United predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: Double Chance – Man United/Draw
Manchester are enjoying a turnaround in their fortunes. They are unbeaten in their last 5 matches, with 4 wins and a draw, while scoring loads of goals for fun.
Villa on their part are struggling lately with just 1 win in their last 5 matches. They looked woeful in their midweek home loss to Chelsea and will need a quick turnaround to get a result here.
We are completely buying the stocks on Man United form and we are backing them to win or draw this game with competitive prices for this market offered at 1Win
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The odd of 1.68 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 60% chance that Manchester United will win or draw this match
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Prediction 2: Both Teams to Score
Given the desperation to get points here, we expect both of these teams to have a go at each other.
With the excepetion of the last couple of weeks, Villa have been quite good in their backyard. They have scored a goal at home in all their matches across all competitions this season.
United have gotten their groove back offensively and have been scoring loads of goals in recent weeks. Their defence while having improved lately, has still been porous for the most part this season though.
Also, 4 of the last 4 H2H matches have seen both teams scoring
We fancy an action packed game with goal scoring opportunities either way. We are therefore backing this match to have both teams scoring with terrific odds for this option available at Paripesa
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The odd of 1.50 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 67% chance that both teams will find the back of the net in this game
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Prediction 3: Most Goals 2nd Half
Based on the expectations of how this game will play out, the opening half is likely to be a bit tight with both teams trying to hold the fort for as long as possible and keeping their cards close to their chests.
United have left the best for last on their road matches. 7 of their last 8 away PL games have witnessed more goals in the 2nd half than the first
When these two teams met on Boxing Day, United pull a terrific comeback by scoring 3 goals in the 2nd half after going down 2-0 to Villa at halftime
We fancy this trend to hold here and we are backing the 2nd half of this match to have more goals than the 1st half as our final PSG vs Brest Coupe prediction
Statistics for Aston Villa vs Manchester United Prediction
Looking at the last 10 meetings between these teams:
United dominate with 6 wins, Villa have 2 wins and 2 games were drawn
These matches average just 3.30 goals a match
Man United won 3-2 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day in their last encounter
Latest results Aston Villa
1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses in their last 5 matches
7 goals scored in these last 5 matches. Average of 1.40 goals per match
Lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea in their midweek FA Cup match
Latest results Manchester United
4 wins and a draw in their last 5 matches
An impressive 15 goals scored in these last 5 matches. Average 3.00 goals per match
Thrashed West Ham 3-0 at home in their last league assignment
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Possible squad Aston Villa & Manchester United
Line upAston VillaManchester UnitedGoalkeeperMartinezOnanaDefenseKonsa, Carlos, Lenglet, MorenoDalot, Maguire, Varane, ShawMidfieldLuiz, Kamara, Bailey, McGinn, TielemansCasemiro, Mainoo, Rashford, Fernandes, GarnachoForwardWatkinsHøjlundMissingTorres (Ankle), Durán (Hamstring), Digne (Hamstring), Buendia (ACL)Martinez (Knee), Martial (Groin), Lindelof (Knock), Wan Bissaka (Leg), Mount (Calf), Malacia (Knee)CoachUnai EmeryErik Ten Hag
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