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Man Utd vs Aston Villa: Value lies in opposing Red Devils

Kick-off: 1230, 25/09/2021

Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United may be joint-top of the Premier League table but haven’t been totally convincing and are worth taking on versus Aston Villa.

The visitors are coming off a 3-0 triumph over Everton and have performed with credit on their last two trips to Old Trafford.

We reckon 19/10 for Dean Smith’s side to avoid defeat is a value option for our first Man Utd vs Aston Villa prediction.

A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds

United’s 2-1 victory at West Ham pretty much summed up their exploits so far this season.

The Red Devils impressed at times and Cristiano Ronaldo continued his hot streak, but there were also lapses in concentration and they again ended up riding their luck.

Jesse Lingard’s 89th-minute wonder strike saw United come from behind to lead but they still needed a penalty save from David De Gea to prevail.

“Of course, we’re very happy with the win and I felt we deserved it,” declared Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“We played some good football and created some good chances and Cristiano should have had two penalties, but luckily David saved that penalty at the end.”

However, a previous loss away to Young Boys in the Champions League means the Red Devils may now be distracted by Wednesday’s crucial clash with Villarreal.

Solskjaer’s side have also only kept one clean sheet in five Premier League outings and needed some more De Gea heroics to achieve that at Wolves.

Looking at the Man Utd vs Aston Villa odds, we feel 4/5 for both teams to score is hard to resist.

Last Man Utd EPL line-up: De Gea, Maguire, Varane, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Fred, Fernandes, McTominay, Ronaldo, Greenwood.

United striker Edinson Cavani is back in the squad after recovering from a muscle strain. Marcus Rashford (shoulder) and midfielder Amad (thigh) are still out.

A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds

Villa were competitive in a 2-1 loss here last term and drew 2-2 at Old Trafford the season before.

They will return in good spirits after netting three times in nine minutes during the second half of their win over Everton.

Matty Cash broke the deadlock before a Lucas Digne own goal and Leon Bailey’s strike wrapped up a second top-flight success of the campaign.

“After we got the goal, it was all guns blazing and we scored two other good goals as well,” beamed Smith.

“We want to be challenging the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United next week.”

That positive approach is expected to pay dividend this term, as Villa look to climb into the top half of the table.

Let’s finish off our Man Utd vs Aston Villa betting tips by taking 5/1 for a score draw.

Last Villa EPL line-up: Martinez, Cash, Targett, Konsa, Mings, Tuanzebe, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey, Watkins, Ings.

Bailey is unfortunately now sidelined for a number of weeks with a quad problem. Morgan Sanson (hamstring) is also unavailable while United loanee Axel Tuanzebe cannot play against his parent club and Trezeguet (knee) is a long-term absentee.

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Last EPL result:

West Ham 1-2 MAN UTD – Cristiano Ronaldo, Jesse Lingard

ASTON VILLA 3-0 Everton – Matty Cash, Lucas Digne (og), Leon Bailey

Head-to-head: Aston Villa 1-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa, Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd, Man Utd 2-2 Aston Villa

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