Jack Grealish leads Aston Villa with seven goals in league play and rumour has it he could soon be joining the Red Devils.
Three games on the English Premier League schedule Thursday with the latest-starting match at 3:15 p.m. ET with Manchester United taking on Aston Villa at Villa Park. Man U is a -322 favourite on the soccer odds with Aston Villa at +800 and a draw +399. The over-under is 2.5 goals, with the over a -164 favourite.
Aston Villa Odds and News
The bottom three teams in the 20-team Premier League are relegated each season, and Aston Villa sits 18th in the table currently with 27 points – one behind Watford to get to 17th and avoid dropping down. Aston Villa also has the third-worst goal differential in the league at minus-26. The side’s 62 goals allowed are the most in the EPL.
The Lions have yet to win in five matches since the coronavirus restart but have two draws. They lost 2-0 at league champion Liverpool on Sunday, allowing second-half goals to Sadio Mane (71st minute) and Curtis Jones (89th). Aston Villa had possession just 29 per cent of the match but did outshoot Liverpool 9-6. Left-back Matt Targett was sidelined by injury for the Villans and isn’t expected back for his match.
Jack Grealish leads Aston Villa with seven goals in league play and rumour has it he will soon be joining the Red Devils. He is +420 to be an anytime scorer on Thursday, behind Mbwana Ally Samatta (+360) on his own team. Aston Villa is +255 to score first and +600 to score in both halves.
Manchester United Odds and News
Manchester United enter the week fifth in the table, two points behind fourth-place Chelsea – which visits Crystal Palace on Tuesday. Man U’s goal differential of plus-23 is fourth-best in the league.
The Red Devils torched AFC Bournemouth 5-2 on Saturday to stay unbeaten since the restart and in fact are on a 16-game unbeaten streak across all competitions. Mason Greenwood had two goals, with Marcus Rashford (penalty), Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes also scoring. Manchester United had 19 shots (10 on target) in scoring five goals in an EPL match for the first time since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as manager in December 2018.
Greenwood, Rashford and Martial have combined for 55 goals this season in all competitions. The 18-year-old Greenwood needs two more goals to become the first teenager this century to reach 10 Premier League goals in a season and the first since Michael Owen in 1997-98.
Rashford and Martial are the first Man U teammates to reach 20 goals in all competitions since 2010-11 when Dimitar Berbatov scored 21 and Javier Hernandez scored 20. The team hasn’t had three players reach 20 goals overall in a season since 1964-65.
Martial is -103 to be an anytime scorer in this match with Rashford at +102 and Greenwood +175. The Red Devils are -333 to score first and -103 to score in both halves.
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa Score Prediction
Manchester United 3, Aston Villa 1 – priced +800 on exact score prop.