Premier League: Aston Villa vs Manchester United preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Premier League: Aston Villa vs Manchester United preview, team news, prediction and tips
January 14
Football

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Aston Villa will play hosts to Manchester United in the Premier League matchday 22 on Saturday. The kick-off is at 19:30 CEST.

Preview

It's been just four days since Villa and United locked horns in the FA Cup third-round contest. Even though it were the Villans who celebrated a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils in their previous league head-to-head meeting in September, United managed to get even with Villa on Monday courtesy of Scott McTominay's only goal at Old Trafford.

It should be mentioned that both sides have changed their respective managers since Villa's first visit to Manchester in the 2021/22 campaign with Steven Gerrard replacing Dean Smith in the Villa Park dugout and Ralph Rangnick coming in instead of Ole Gunnat Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Even though Gerrard has had a rather strong start to his managerial career in the English top flight, the Villans will be hosting United on the back of three defeats in all competitions as they also lost to Brentford (2-1) and Chelsea (3-1) before Monday's encounter with their forthcoming opponents. Therefore, the Villans have now slipped down to 14th in the table with 22 points taken from 19 matches.

The Red Devils' five-game unbeaten streak under Rangnick, meanwhile, came to its own end on January 3 when they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Wolverhampton which saw them moving into seventh in the PL stadings, nine points clear of Villa and whopping 22 points adrift of leaders Man City but with two games in hand over their city rivals.

Team news

Villa's Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet and United's Eric Bailly will play no part in this one due to their AFCON duties. Leon Bailey and Marvelous Nakamba, meanwhile, will not help the hosts this time around through injury while John McGinn is suspended. Luke Shaw and McTominay, for their part, are also suspended while Paul Pogba is the only injury absentee in the visitors' squad.

Prediction

Even if it were United who celebrated a victory on Monday, Villa really managed to impress in that game, so we wouldn't be surprised if Gerrard's crop put an end to their current three-game losing run on Saturday. On the other hand, the Red Devils will be extra motivated to return to winning ways in the league to keep their top-4 hopes alive, so let's say that we're going to see goals at both ends at Villa Park this time around.

Tip

Both teams to score at 1.73 with 1XBET.


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