Kick-off: 2015, 09/07/2020
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Manchester United are enjoying a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions and it would be a shock if struggling Aston Villa are the team to end it.
United’s last defeat was in January and their challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League is gathering momentum.
They had kept clean sheets in their last seven league wins prior to the 5-2 thrashing of Bournemouth at the weekend and another win to nil at 21/20 is our opening Aston Villa vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa can take some encouragement from the way they held out for 71 minutes at Anfield on Sunday but Liverpool’s attacking quality eventually condemned them to a 2-0 defeat despite a laboured performance from the newly-crowned champions.
Villa boss Dean Smith pointed to the quality in the final third as being the difference in the game.
“Unfortunately we didn’t show the quality they showed in the final third for their goals,” he said. “We matched them for long periods but we never showed the quality in the final third they showed.
“We had good opportunities – a four-versus-two opportunity and a possible penalty shout in the first half. We need a bit of quality in the final third but also a bit of luck as well.”
United have much more motivation than Liverpool had to push for points and it would be a surprise if they take as long to breach Villa’s defence.
They have won both halves in five of their last six games against bottom-half clubs and the same outcome can be backed at 7/4 in the Aston Villa vs Man Utd odds.
Last Aston Villa line-up: Reina, Taylor, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Luiz, McGinn, Grealish, Trezeguet, El Ghazi, Davis.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has certainly found a winning formula and has named the same starting line-up in the last three Premier League matches, which United have won 3-0, 3-0 and 5-2 against Sheffield United, Brighton and Bournemouth respectively.
Despite hinting at changes for the Bournemouth game, Solskjaer stuck with the same XI and was rewarded with a superb attacking display despite the Cherries taking a shock lead.
United were purring at times on Saturday afternoon and scored five goals in a home Premier League match for the first time since December 2011.
Teenager Mason Greenwood was the standout performer of a fine overall display, with his emphatic brace underlining his first-rate talent.
“We will always come back to his finishing because the goals were exceptional, the timings of them were great for us,” former striker Solskjaer said.
“But his general overall play is improving, his fitness is improving, his understanding of his position is improving more and more and I’m delighted with the goals.”
With Greenwood in such fine form, let’s back him to score at 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer odds as the last of our Aston Villa vs Man Utd betting tips.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Fernandes, Matic, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood.
Liverpool 2-0 ASTON VILLA
MAN UTD 5-2 Bournemouth – Mason Greenwood (2), Marcus Rashford (pen), Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes
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