English Premier League, 35th round.
May 9, 2021. Birmingham, “Villa Park”
“Aston Villa” 16:05 “Manchester United”
TV broadcast – Setanta Sports Ukraine
“I have never seen such a calendar in modern football. This is inconceivable. Whoever did this has never played football. ” It is difficult not to feel sympathy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. On Thursday, his team played against Roma in the second UEL semi-final, and starting on Sunday, Manchester United will play three matches in five days in the Premier League.
Jack Grealish will not have time to recover for the match with “United”. Without their leader, Aston Villa were able to win only three of the 11 matches in the Premier League. But with Grilish on the field, “Villa” was unstable in the second half of the season. The last time the Birminghamans managed to win two matches in a row was in December.
It was the victory that ended the match of the last round of “Villa” with “Everton”. The game at Goodison Park turned out to be spectacular and with a lot of chances, and the Birminghamans won with a score of 2: 1. Villa’s goal for the remaining five rounds is to get into the top ten.
Aston Villa Sunday, Leicester Tuesday, Liverpool Thursday. Solskjaer says he has no choice – he will have to rotate. Even Harry Maguire, who did not miss a single minute in the league after his transfer to Manchester United from Leicester, will not play in any of the matches. “I’m sorry for my players, I’m sorry for the team. I cannot risk them, so there will be a rotation. It is physically impossible to play three matches in five days. I will hope that no one is injured, most of all I will worry about this, ”said Solskjaer.
United have a solid record in the Premier League: five wins in their last six games (0-0 draw with Leeds), last lost in January and Solskjaer’s side this season has never lost. In the match with “Aston Villa” Jones, James and Martial will not play.
Team statistics, numbers and facts
- Manchester United are unbeaten away in the Premier League in 24 games in a row (15 wins, nine draws).
- In total in the championship, “United” lost only one match of the last 27 (17 wins, nine draws). Manchester United’s current unbeaten streak is the best among all Premier League teams.
- Aston Villa have conceded at least one goal in their last seven straight bouts, making it the longest run without cleansheets in the league to date.
- Bruno Fernandes has scored two goals in two games against Aston Villa. Twice he did it from the penalty spot, and twice his goals were victorious.
In the first round (the match took place on January 1), United won 2-1. “Villa” has not been able to beat Manchester United at home in the Premier League since 1995, and in just 44 last matches between the teams in the Premier League, “Aston Villa” won only once (11 draws, 32 losses).
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Aston Villa: Martinez – Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett – Douglas Lewis, McGinn – Traore, Barkley, El Ghazi – Watkins
“Manchester United”: Henderson – Shaw, Maguire, Lindelef, Van Bissaka – Matic, McTomini – van de Beck, Fernandes, Rashford – Cavani
Match Odds & Betting
Prediction of the match Aston Villa – Manchester United from UA-Football
Villa’s instability and Dean Smith’s inability to keep the gate shut in recent games speak in United’s favor. But Solskjaer will have to make tough decisions about the squad. Perhaps the Manchester United coach quotes the matches with Leicester and Liverpool more. However, it is unlikely that Manchester United’s unbeaten run will end in Birmingham. Forecast – victory of “Manchester United” 2: 1.
This forecast is only one of the possible scenarios for the development of events; he does not guarantee a win.