Manchester United v Aston Villa Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Manchester United v Aston Villa

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Sunday, December 1, 2019


Old Trafford

Punter's Pick

Manchester United start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel that given the form of both teams and Villa’s industrious style of play that they could make this a difficult game for the Red Devils. We are backing Villa for a Double Chance Draw or Win market at 13/8 with Bet365, meaning the bet will come in if they avoid defeat. The under 3.5 goals market has also been generously priced at 6/5 as both teams will likely cancel each other out for large periods of the game.

Manchester United welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford with the two teams separated by just three points in 9th and 15th place respectively. The home team are under pressure and the Villans will be looking to capitalise against a United team struggling to find their flow under Solskjaer. Could a Villa win spark crisis talk at Old Trafford?

Manchester United have had a tough week coming into this game having drawn 3-3 against Sheffield United and then throwing away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 against Astana in the Europa League. Most worrying for fans will be the performance against Sheffield United who dominated the Red Devils for large periods of the game and deservedly took a 2-0 lead through goals from John Fleck and Lys Mousset. However a crazy seven minute period saw United reverse their fortunes and hit three goals in quick succession through Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. It felt as if a potential smash and grab will paper over the cracks for another week but Sheffield United continued to press and deservedly got their equaliser through Oli McBurnie. That was United’s 5th league draw of the season to add to their four defeats and they now sit nine points behind fourth placed Chelsea. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be feeling the pressure and despite being hampered by big players leaving in the summer and injuries, many feel he has enough at his disposal to be doing better than where United currently sit. The lack of energy and pressing is obvious at times and the Norweigan could be on borrowed time if they fail to win this one.

Aston Villa come into this game having beaten Newcastle 2-0 last time out. Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi both struck in quick succession to hand Villa all three points but manager Dean Smith will be particularly pleased at their performance. The team pressed and fought throughout the game and the form of Jack Grealish ahs been particularly impressive. The fan favourite has been at the heart of much of what Villa have done well and driven his team forward with his ability to carry the ball and pick out a pass. Their main concern will be the form of striker Wesley who has struggled to make an impact, scoring four goals in 13 games. A tough set of fixtures will show how far Villa have come but they feel that this is a good time to play United and will be looking to get something out of the game.

In team news Manchester United could welcome back Paul Pogba and the Frenchman could provide some much needed impetus from midfield. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken about how he is tinkering with three possible formations to welcome his star player back into the team and he is likely to lineup alongside Pereira and Fred. Daniel James is likely to occupy a position on the flanks and support Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial up front.

Aston Villa will likely continue with Hourihane after his star turn in their last league game meaning Marvelous Nakamba could miss out. Tom Heaton should continue in goal despite being declared fit late against Newcastle. Wesley and El Ghazi will are likely continue to lead the line.

Historically this fixture has been dominated by Manchester United with Villa last registering a victory over United in 2009. The teams haven’t met since the 2015/16 season in which United won both games 1-0.

Punter's Pick

Manchester United start this game as strong favourites and there is little value in backing an outright win. We feel that given the form of both teams and Villa’s industrious style of play that they could make this a difficult game for the Red Devils. We are backing Villa for a Double Chance Draw or Win market at 13/8 with Bet365, meaning the bet will come in if they avoid defeat. The under 3.5 goals market has also been generously priced at 6/5 as both teams will likely cancel each other out for large periods of the game.

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