Kick-off: 1800, 21/09/2020
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Sheffield United’s form dropped off at the end of last season and they are yet to get going this time around.
The Blades picked up just two points from six away games when the season resumed after lockdown and lost their opening game 2-0 at home to Wolves on Monday.
This is Villa’s first league game and we fancy them to make a winning start at 17/10 for our opening Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Aston Villa only avoided relegation by one point last season and Dean Smith is determined to avoid another close call.
He looks to have recruited well and Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins could make their Premier League debuts after big-money summer moves.
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has been brought in from Arsenal this week while captain Jack Grealish’s new contract has further lifted the mood at Villa Park.
“We’re looking at improving and we weren’t satisfied with finishing 17th in the league,” said Smith.
“We believe, with the players that we’ve got, that we’ll be better for our experiences last season.
“We stayed up on the last day last season and we learnt a lot of lessons. We had a lot of change from the previous season and a lot of injuries as well.
“Hopefully we don’t have those injuries this year and we can be a better team than we were. Our aim now is to finish higher than we did last season.”
Last Villa line-up: Nyland, Taylor, Mings, Elmohamady, Hause, Lansbury, Grealish, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Ramsey, Watkins.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
United looked ready for a summer break by the end of last season after it ended with three straight defeats.
That was understandable after an impressive return to the Premier League and the aim now is to produce something similar.
The Blades look light up front, though, especially with Lys Mousset ruled out through injury, and have made an enquiry about Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun.
Chris Wilder is keen to add another forward to the signings he has already made since the end of the 2019/20 season and Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster has also been a target.
“We need to add at the top of the pitch,” said Wilder. “We have a decent selection of players, but we want to add another one, especially with Lys missing for a little while.”
Villa kept clean sheets in five of their seven home wins last season while United suffered four 1-0 defeats so a 1-0 home win at 27/4 is our final Aston Villa vs Sheff Utd prediction.
Last Sheff Utd EPL line-up: Ramsdale, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Egan, Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood, McBurnie, Sharp.
Burton 1-3 ASTON VILLA – Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish, Keinan Davis
Burnley 1-1 SHEFF UTD (Burnley won 5-4 on penalties) – David McGoldrick
Head-to-head: Aston Villa 0-0 Sheffield United, Sheffield United 2-0 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 3-3 Sheffield United, Sheffield United 4-1 Aston Villa, Sheffield United 0-1 Aston Villa.
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