Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd Match Preview
Aston Villa Team News
Aston Villa sits in the relegation zone, and the hosts need a victory to stay in the battle for survival. Sheffield United has a great campaign, as they are sitting in the 7th place and hoping of snatching the qualification spot for European cups next season.
Before the resumption of the Premier League, Aston Villa has lost four times in a row. The hosts are in a poor run, and they haven’t scored in the past two rounds. They need to improve a lot to avoid getting relegated at the end of the season. Aston Villa is sitting in 19th place, and they are two points behind the nearest safe spot. Their home record could have been way better since they have lost six times in 13 occasions at Villa Park. Fans hope that the players will improve their form and show much better performances before not too late. Jack Grealish has shown in the previous part of the competition that he is a true leader of the team. Head Coach Smith must prepare the team well for this and the upcoming matches as well for picking up crucial points in the survival battle.
Aston Villa has scored in 92% of their Premier League home games this season. Despite the three-month pause, the restart will come too soon for center-forwards Wesley and goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who are still out injured. We expect Orjan Nyland to start between the posts, while Matt Targett and Frederic Guilbert should support the Villans’ defense as full-backs. Good news for the hosts is that John McGinn should return after injury and take some of the pressure of Jack Grealish for the run-in.
Aston Villa predicted lineup: Nyland – Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett – McGinn, Nakamba, Luiz – Grealish, Samatta, Ghazi
Sheffield Utd Team News
Sheffield United finished as the runners-up in the Championship last season, earning an automatic promotion, thanks in large part to their solid foundations and sound organization. They managed to pull out the best defensive record by conceding just 41 goals in 46 matches in the second tier. Surprisingly,
Chris Wilder’s side continued in the same fashion as they have the second-best defensive record in the Premier League. The Blades have conceded just 25 times, and the only side that stood firmer is Liverpool. This clash is the first one after a three-month break, and it’s going to be played behind closed doors. Therefore, it is tricky to predict how teams will perform in those conditions. However, a win seems to be the most likely outcome for the visitors. Defender Enda Stevens was injured before the enforced break but is expected to return to the starting lineup against Villa. Sheffield United has no injury concerns with Dean Henderson continuing in goal and Oliver Norwood and Billy Sharp having signed new contracts.
Sheffield United predicted lineup: Henderson – Basham, Egan, O’Connell – Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens – McGoldrick, McBurnie
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
It is going to be a tight clash as Aston Villa is looking for salvation points at home, while Sheffield United is considered as the favourite in this match. The away team has a small advantage in this match, and they should get back home with three points.
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Goals Market Prediction
Their clashes have been very efficient so far, and there is no reason that this one is going to be much different. The crowd should expect to see at least three goals in total.
Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd predictions:
Sheffield to win @2.25
Over 2.5 FT @2.10