Aston Villa vs. Manchester United – English Premier League, May 9, 2021
Manchester United’s game against Liverpool was postponed at the weekend after fan protests, but that has only temporarily delayed City’s crowning as champions.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has done much better than many had predicted at the start of the season and should be able to hold on to second place – especially if it can beat Villa on Sunday.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United Odds
Manchester United is the odds on favorite with BetOnline, but I’m not sure that recent performances justify such a difference between the prices for the two teams.
Villa has done very well without Jack Grealish, and the odds for the draw, at least, might be worth a go here.
Some fans questioned Villa bringing in Ollie Watkins in the summer as a signing that was not big enough. But he showed once again last weekend how important he has been to the club’s improvement this year. He scored the opener against Everton and was influential throughout as Villa recorded an impressive win away from home.
Watkins has 15 goals in all competitions in his first season as a Premier League striker and has continued to find the net even when playmakers like Grealish and Barkley have been absent or ineffectual.
But beating Manchester United will be a whole different matter for Villa. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has lost just once in the league since the beginning of November and will clinch a Champions League place with a win at Villa Park. The most recent goalless draw with Leeds was the first time United hadn’t won a game in six fixtures.
One reason for United’s success this season has been the deep squad Solskjaer has had to play with – and the leadership qualities of Bruno Fernandes. The Portugal international has been off his best form in the last few games, but there could be a revival before the end of the season.
Aston Villa vs. Manchester United Betting Pick
Manchester United has been very hard to beat this season, but the odds offered here tempt me to look at the draw bet. Dean Smith’s Villa has been very impressive all season and, although European qualification is out of the question, there will be more points won before the end of the campaign.