On Saturday, Manchester United (9 wins, 6 losses, 4 draws) travels to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa (7-11-1). Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET. Below, we preview the Aston Villa vs. Manchester United odds and lines, and make our best EPL bets, picks and predictions.
This game is going to be a shadow of what it could be. Manchester United is entering with several players either out or doubtful, heavily impacting the odds.
Players like star M Paul Pogba to F Cristiano Ronaldo are out and doubtful, respectively, for United, among other key personnel. For Villa, M Philippe Coutinho is doubtful while M John McGinn and M Leon Bailey are both out.
United took a 1-0 loss to the Wolves in its last EPL action, but picked up a 1-0 victory over Villa in the FA Cup Monday. Villa lost 2-1 to Brentford and 3-1 to Chelsea in its most recent EPL results.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United: Odds, picks and predictions
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- Money line: Aston Villa +190 (bet $100 to win $190) | Manchester United +145 (bet $100 to win $145) | Draw +240
- Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -122 | U: -102)
Manchester United 2, Aston Villa 1
Money line (ML)
“LEAN” to MANCHESTER UNITED (+145).
While it’s down players, Ronaldo is listed as “doubtful,” so he could draw the start. United is a far deeper team with players like M Fred and F Edison Cavani likely also to start.
Villa has also been in terrible form as of late with four losses in its last six EPL games. While United hasn’t had much success, it has at least won four of its last six games and sit 7th on the table.
Both teams have played 19 games with United having a +3 goal differential and Villa a -5. Despite being on the road, I’ll take the plus-money United to win just as they did in the FA Cup.
BET on the OVER 2.5 (-122).
Man U is going be down at least one key defender. For Villa, F Danny Ings is set to play, and he’s had a terrific career. Ings should be able to have his way with the United defense.
United has a lacking defense as well, evidenced by 27 goals allowed in 19 games. Similarly, Villa has allowed 30 goals in 19, so there’s no reason to think they’ll be able to limit United.
Given how both teams have played this season, I’d prefer to bet on more goals Saturday.
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