Manchester United vs. Aston Villa, Betting Tips and Previews

29 November 2019

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Sunday 1 December

Old Trafford – Premier League

Manchester United vs. Aston Villa Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

Manchester United look to continue their strong run of form, as they host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday. The visitors have picked up good results lately too.

Past Meetings

The two sides haven’t faced off since Aston Villa’s relegation from the Premier League. That season saw United win 1-0 in both meetings, with Adnan Januzaj and Marcus Rashford scoring the goals.

Team News

Midfielders Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay are all sidelined, meaning yet another youthful XI is expected from Ole Solskjaer this weekend. Anthony Martial is expected to return to the line-up, having been rested mid-week, whilst Luke Shaw may be in with a shout to start at left-back, with his fitness uncertain.

Tom Heaton and Jack Grealish both shrugged off minor injuries to start for Villa on Monday, and are expected to keep their place on Sunday. With Jed Steer and  Jota out injured, and Matt Targett a doubt, Dean Smith is likely to field a similar side to that which beat Newcastle.

Manchester United vs. Aston Villa Preview and Predictions

Despite the negativity surrounding Manchester United, the club has built up a run of just one defeat in their last eight games, and will be looking to build on this form against Aston Villa.

Solskjaer’s side have benefitted from a number of confidence boosting Europa League ties, and the manager has been rewarded for fielding youth academy players to cover for an injury crisis. Although last weekend’s draw to Sheffield United may have been a blow to morale, the Blades have been playing some fantastic football this season, and have proved more than a match for several top teams.

However, improvement means little with United sitting eighth in the table, a position they may struggle to improve on this weekend. Dean Smith’s Villa clearly enjoyed ending a tough run of fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester City and Wolves, by beating Newcatle 2-0 on Monday. Two set pieces for Conor Hourihane, who is 8.00 to score anytime this weekend, earned the win for the Villa, and will be a worry for Solskjaer, who’s side have struggled against free-kicks this season.

Having struggled in the opening few games, the midlands club have grown back into their Premier League status, and their all-action midfield of John McGinn, Hourihane and captain Jack Grealish will be more than a match for United’s. If Smith can ensure that his side wins the midfield battle, rather than sitting back to defend, the away side could well be in with a chance.

Recommended Bets

Rashford to score anytime at 0.62

The young striker is playing with bags of confidence at the moment, and will be looking to add to his goal tally.

Over 2.5 goals scored at 0.73

United’s defence have looked far from assured and they may rely on their attack to bail them out.

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