Aston Villa vs Sheffield Utd Prediction & Tips
Aston Villa will seek to continue the good moment it achieved at the end of last season, where it secured its permanence in the Premier League (PL) after a four-game unbeaten streak (G2, E2). Fewer than 2.5 goals were recorded in the four games, while three of the last five goals in their PL games came after the 80th minute. They will now look for a better start than last season, where they lost three of their first four games. away from home (G1).
In their last four league matches at home, one of the teams won without conceding (G2, P2), while the local team has seven PL games without scoring after the 60th minute at Villa Park (G2, E1, P4) . In their last three league starts to the league as host, both teams have scored goals (W1, E1, P1). Aston Villa lost only one of their first five home games during the previous PL campaign (G2, E2).
Sheffield United have lost four consecutive top flight losses, after conceding two goals in six minutes on the first day of the PL – they were the fastest goals a team has received in a first game at this tournament. However, they are undefeated against Villa in their last four league games (W2, E2), and manager Chris Wilder has never lost to opponent Dean Smith in an official match (W2, E3).
Away from home they have a six-game winless streak in the PL (E2, P4), which began with a 0-0 draw in June in their last meeting against Aston Villa. The ‘Blades’ haven’t won any of their last eight opening league games on the road (E2, P6). Furthermore, no team scored less than Sheffield’s four goals in the first half away from home last PL campaign.
Players to watch: Villa’s new signing, Ollie Watkins, made a huge impression by scoring his team’s first goal in the EFL Cup in the middle of the week. His last four league goals for his former club, Brentford, were to open the scoring.
John Egan has scored two of Sheffield’s last six LP goals, both coming in the 80th minute or later.
Highlight: Both teams did not score before half-time in any of Villa’s last 12 league games.
Aston Villa – Sheffield Utd FREE TIPS
Sheffield Utd – Win @ 2.85
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90