On the face of it, doomed Premier League outfit Aston Villa resemble cannon fodder at Manchester United, though bwin customers tempted to back a cricket score may wish to reassess.
The quantities of damning statistics surrounding Villa are inescapable. What else can be expected after such a catastrophic season spent wallowing in the top-flight mire?
If winning becomes a habit, this collection of dysfunctional Villans are proof that losing can be equally addictive, yet hope is afoot that they can rescue some credibility, if not their Premier League membership, in the run-in.
United are glued on at 1/5 with bwin.com to inflict a ninth consecutive league defeat on the Claret and Blue and a 13th away from Villa Park this season.
Even OJ Simpson’s lawyers would struggle to make a case against Louis van Gaal’s men collecting three points.
Villa are all-but consigned to the Championship and pride, or any remnants of it, is the sole motivation.
Meanwhile, a United side buoyed by FA Cup progression are still eyeing Champions League football via fourth spot if they can displace neighbours Manchester City.
Why on earth won’t they get thumped then? (we hear you ask). Cancelling their end of season awards was probably a step in the right direction by Villa’s hierarchy in the build up to the game, but that’s not quite the answer.
Although they ultimately still succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat, the performance against Bournemouth last time out bred encouragement.
It contained a good degree of cohesion and Jordan Ayew’s strike broke a four-game run of Villa firing blanks.
Admittedly, Man Utd were also markedly improved when defeating West Ham in their midweek replay from the side that lost 3-0 to Tottenham, though it’s three games since the Red Devils troubled the Old Trafford scorers before half-time in the league.
LVG has been pelted by accusations his side are not creative enough this term and the fact they haven’t scored more than twice in a game since February tends to back up the Dutchman’s petitioners.
In Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial they certainly boast the potential for goal-scoring virtuosity, but if these teenagers fail to dazzle the cavalry are slow in arriving.
The Red Devils’ measly total of 20 goals is the least of any top-eight side on their own patch in 2015/16.
A very rusty Wayne Rooney is unlikely to provide an immediate remedy either.
And although the perception of Villa is as a side that have shipped goals galore, their ledger is actually surprising light in terms of genuine demolitions, especially away from home.
They have actually conceded 11 fewer goals on the road than at Villa Park.