Manchester United have won the past three matches between these two teams, with Erik ten Hag bidding to repeat the victory on Boxing Day which saw his team come from two goals down at Old Trafford to overturn their Midlands opponents. Marcus Rashford is back in favour and the manager will be encouraged by Rasmus Hojlund’s scoring form.

Five goals have been scored in the past six encounters by the Dane, with the Red Devils following on that 4-3 victory at Wolves with a 3-0 win over West Ham. The goals are now being scored although this represents a tough assignment for a defence which have creaked pretty badly on the road and in the Champions League this term.

Many punters will be keen to back Aston Villa to record another home win and there was plenty to like about a recent 5-0 victory at Sheffield United although that had been preceded by three games without a victory. Ollie Watkins and Leon Bailey are among those players enjoying strong form and we can see this being a high-scoring encounter.

With five goals having been scored in that recent encounter, it could be worth plumping for an Overs bet when it comes to the teams finding the net collectively. It’s a game where both sides will be eyeing a victory and Aston Villa actually make plenty of appeal on the 1x2 market, although there’s the chance to get bigger odds about them winning and both teams finding the net.


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