Aston Villa aren’t exactly on a hot run of form at the moment, but then again, United aren’t either. Whilst Villa followed up a home loss to Spurs with a dull draw on the road at Swansea, United have struggled and just a few weeks and three games on, find themselves out of one competition, further behind in another, and with a must win match on the horizon.
After the dismal game on Wednesday, this is probably a bad time to face United. Whilst they’ll be without Fabio, Rafael and Berbatov, who all limped out of the game against Crystal Palace, the proper first team players will be keen to show Sir Alex that they still have that mental edge over their younger counterparts, and can be relied upon to do the job. The only problem with that is that even when they have had their first XI out on the pitch, United have drawn their previous two matches -and both at home.
With Rio and Vidic both fit (for once) it should be a more assured defensive performance fro the Reds, which makes all the difference. Whilst Jonny Evans is a reasonable player, when he is in the team United suddenly start to lack solidity. It might just be a confidence factor (who wouldn’t play at their best when they know that Vida and Rio will clean up any mistakes you might make) but it does make a massive difference. The difference, perhaps, of playing Wayne Rooney as an out-and-out striker, or playing him further back as a Paul Scholes style defensive midfielder.
United should have enough to beat Villa, but on current form (for both teams) then maybe betting on a draw is the best option?
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United are 1.73 for the win (Paddy Power) which we think is good value. A 73% return is enough for us, so we’re not bothering with the score. Oh ok then, a 2-1 United win (at 8.0) if you’re pushing us!
What is it they say about the law of the Ex? Ashley Young returns to Villa Park and will expect a hot reception. If Fergie throws him into the fray then we should see a performance to try and shut the purple-and-blue mob up, which to us means goals! At 3.6 (Bet Clic) to score anytime, we think it’s a good bet.
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