Premier League Preview for Aston Villa v Manchester United along with Predictions for every result in the EPL. Follow up each match with results and video highlights posted later in the week.
Aston Villa come into this weekend on the back of a rather dismal 2-0 drubbing at the hands of relegation embattled Fulham. In the match Villa allowed 22 shots with 10 of those on target which does do well for boosting some defensive statistics, but not the real statistic of wins and losses. In the match Aston Villa had 47% possession with 2 of their 10 shots on target. They also had 75% pass completion rate. All of these stats are very close to their season averages of 42% possession, 73% pass completion, 12 shots with four on target.
This season has been Manchester United’s most disappointing in the Premier League and can be epitomized by their last two matches, both losses. In the loss to Newcastle they managed only eight shots, but surprisingly had half of those on target. They had only 77% pass completion as well as only 47% possession at Old Trafford. These statistics are all down from their season averages of 13 shots with 5 on target for 1.5 goals per game, 83% pass success, and 54% possession.
My prediction is for a Manchester United win to bounce back, but I would have to say that I’m not very confident with that prediction. They have been so inconsistent this season that it’s hard to say what will happen. Aston Villa would certainly benefit from watching film of United’s past three matches against Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle. Manchester United do not play well against teams that press them hard and push them giving them little time. They have also struggled against teams that spread the play and run at them, especially with players who have any kind of speed. It’s going to be a difficult match for both teams.
United do need to pay attention to Christian Benteke despite the fact that he hasn’t scored since their September 14th match against Newcastle. Villa could have Libor Kozak, Antonio Luna and Ron Vlaar all available, which would be a boost for them.
Manchester United’s injury list remains quite long with several players questionable for Sunday, but still most likely available including: Patrice Evra, Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa, Chris Smalling and Nemanja Vidic.
Betting Odds: Villa win: 4.92-5.51; Draw: 3.68-3.80; United win: 1.72-1.75
Form: Aston Villa (D, W, D, D, W, L) Man United (W, W, D, D, L, L)
Prediction: Aston Villa 1 – 2 Manchester United
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