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At this late stage of the season, we generally end up in a position where a lot of teams are basically just playing out the string, while the remaining few teams battle it out for a title, European places, or relegation. We are all well aware that the title has already been locked up, with Liverpool landing the trophy for the first time in 30 years. The other two battle are still raging hard and will likely be going that way until the end of the season, which is now very much in sight. Every single point is valuable for the teams involved in these races, as the amount of money potentially earned or lost is massive. Getting into Europe is a huge financial boost, while getting relegated out of the EPL means taking a big financial hit. Manchester United and Aston Villa are at the opposite end of those races, so this is a game that is absolutely critical for both teams. Manchester United are on a great run of form and come into this game favored by 1 ½. The goal total for this one is set at 2 ½.
When: Thursday, July 9 at 3:15 PM EST
Where: Villa Park, Birmingham
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Why bet on Aston Villa
When you looked at the squad that Aston Villa had at the start of the season, you felt that they had a very good shot at surviving their first season back in the Premier League. As it stands now, though, they are in real danger of making the drop and potentially losing some of their best players. One rumor that will not go away is that Jack Grealish will be wearing the red of Manchester United next season. Still, Villa do have a shot a saving their own skin, but they now need to make up 4 points on Watford, who picked up a vital 3 points yesterday afternoon. Aston Villa did play well in their earlier meeting with United, drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford. At home this season, Villa are 5-3-8, scoring 19 and surrendering 27.
Why bet on Manchester United
Manchester United were beginning to roll right before the lockdown, and it is more than fair to suggest that they have picked up right where they left off. United are now on a run that has seen them go unbeaten in 16 games, but they have been particularly good over the past couple of weeks. The front line of Rashford, Martial, and Greenwood is scoring goals for fun, including 5 in a 5-2 win over Bournemouth in their last outing. It certainly helps to have both Pogba and Fernandes pulling the strings in the middle of the park. United are looking at landing one of the 4 Champions League spots and can make up 2 more points on Leicester with a win here after the Foxes tied 1-1 with Arsenal on Tuesday. On the road, United are 5-5-6, scoring and surrendering 19.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It is hard to imagine this Manchester United train slowing down between now and the end of the season. I like them to come out and put a bit of a beating on Aston Villa on Thursday afternoon.
Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 4