Kick-off: 1945, 08/02/2019
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
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What Trueform says for Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd
Aston Villa and Sheffield United are both in solid form and we’re expecting an even contest when they meet in the Midlands on Friday night.
The Blades are firmly in contention for automatic promotion to the Premier League, while Villa are still chasing a place in the Championship play-offs.
Sharing the spoils would not be ideal for either manager, but 23/10 for a stalemate remains our opening Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa have certainly been draw specialists of late, with Saturday’s goalless clash at Reading making it four in their last six league matches.
Dean Smith’s side began promisingly and almost snatched the lead on the half-hour mark when centre-back Tommy Elphick headed against the crossbar.
Royals keeper Emiliano Martinez was in good form, making a superb save from Tammy Abraham late on, although Lovre Kalinic was also called into action a few times at the other end.
“We came here trying to get three points and we only came away with one,” Smith said.
“But while I was disappointed with the result, I wasn’t with the performance, especially in the second half, when we were excellent.
“We pressed Reading, we went and won the ball high and created a number of good opportunities, the big chances.
“But we didn’t take them, we didn’t get the ball across the line. It’s very unlike us not to score goals.”
The Midlands outfit haven’t drawn a blank in 15 home games this season, so 3/1 for a score draw is another good option from the Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd odds.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
United are third in the table following a 2-0 win over Bolton at Bramall Lane and can go top of the table on goal difference with a win here, even if only until Norwich and Leeds play over the weekend.
Billy Sharp set up David McGoldrick to break the deadlock against Wanderers in the 56th minute and then headed in the second himself.
The 33-year-old has now scored eight goals in his last eight starts, while his Championship total for the season stands at 19, putting him alongside Villa’s Abraham as the division’s leading marksmen.
Chris Wilder commented: “We played a little too slow and a little too safe for my liking in the first half.
“We just needed to speed things up in the second half, which we did.
“It’s a little gentle reminder that we can’t try and coast in games. We’ve got to go full tilt and see if we can blow the opposition away early on.”
The Blades haven’t done too well when visiting the better teams in this division, though, losing at Middlesbrough, Bristol City, Derby, Nottingham Forest and Swansea.
However, they did recently draw 2-2 at Norwich and 23/2 for a repeat of that scoreline completes our Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd betting tips.
Reading 0-0 ASTON VILLA
SHEFF UTD 2-0 Bolton – David McGoldrick, Billy Sharp
Head-to-head: Sheff Utd 4-1 Aston Villa, Sheff Utd 0-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 2-2 Sheff Utd
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