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

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Premier League Sheffield United v Aston Villa

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Saturday, December 14, 2019


Bramall Lane

Punter's Pick

Sheffield United welcome Aston Villa to Bramall Lane in a game between two of the promoted sides this season. Sheffield United have fared better upon returning to the Premier League and sit comfortably in the top half of the table while Villa are just one point off the relegation zone. Can Villa shock their rivals and put some daylight between themselves and the drop zone or can Sheffield United temporarily jump into 5th and occupy one of the European places?

Sheffield United have been excellent this season, often mixing it with the big boys and either getting a result or running them close. The team is a reflection of the high intensity and work rate that manager Chris Wilder represents and this has worked well for the Yorkshire side. But it hasn’t been all graft as they have also produced some scintillating football, often outplaying teams and creating chances. A strong and often unchanged defence has helped their continuity and the team come into this game having lost just once in their last nine games. Three excellent draws against Tottenham, Manchester United and Wolves showed their ability to compete with the top sides from last season and Wilder would have been disappointed to lose 2-0 to Newcastle. But the team again picked themselves up and ran out 2-1 winners last time out against Norwich City courtesy of goals from Enda Stevens and George Baldock.

Aston Villa come into this game having not won in their last three Premier League games, but it was a tough fixture list as they came up against Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City. The team competed well in all their games and held Manchester United to a 2-2 draw before being beaten by a fine Mason Mount strike against Chelsea. The intensity of the season may be catching up with the Villans as they went down 4-1 to Leicester but they’ll will be hoping they can bounce back and get a run together, starting with a side they played in the Championship last season and know well. Much will again depend on Jack Grealish who has struck six goals this term and the likes of Trezeguet and El Ghazi who will need to get up and support Wesley, who has struggled.

In team news, Sheffield United have reported no fresh injury concerns and have a full squad to choose from. Some of their players will need to be careful though as John Lundstram, George Baldock and John Fleck are all one booking away from an automatic suspension.

Aston Villa will be without England international Tyrone Mings who suffered a hamstring injury against Leicester last time out. The Villans are hopeful he will play before the turn of the year but misses out in this one. Matt Targett has overcome a minor injury and should be available for selection.

These two have recently met in the Championship, playing four games in the past two seasons. Over that time they have shared the spoils equally with a win apiece and two draws although Sheffield United did manage a win and draw last season and have the better of the most recent form between these two.

Sheffield United start this game as favourites and this is understandable as they are playing at home and their form this season has been excellent. Villa have stuttered of late but still played well in games against some of the big clubs, showing they can compete with anyone on their day, making this a difficult one to pick. We feel that the goals market offers the best value and will be backing the over 2.5 goals market with Bet365 which is currently priced at 4/5. Both games last season were high scoring affairs, with the two games totalling 11 goals which makes the likelihood of this coming in very high.

Punter's Pick

Sheffield United welcome Aston Villa to Bramall Lane in a game between two of the promoted sides this season. Sheffield United have fared better upon returning to the Premier League and sit comfortably in the top half of the table while Villa are just one point off the relegation zone. Can Villa shock their rivals and put some daylight between themselves and the drop zone or can Sheffield United temporarily jump into 5th and occupy one of the European places?

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