Why Have Aston Villa Been So Rubbish This Season?

Can you believe that Aston Villa were regarded as more likely to stay up than Sheffield United before the season began?

The bookmakers gave Dean Smith’s team far more of a fighting chance than the Blades despite the fact that Chris Wilder’s side had bagged automatic promotion, while the Villans had only come up through the play-offs.

The bookies thought that Villa were riding the crest of a wave under Smith and the Midlands club also splashed the cash last summer, spending £100 million on players in a bid to remain a permanent fixture in the Premier League.

However, Aston Villa begin Project Restart with just 25 point from 28 games. Let’s face it, this is a poor return and would be even worse if it wasn’t for the fact that Jack Grealish has been one of the best-performing players in the entire division.

Smith loves his team to attack although this has led to 56 goals being conceded and that’s an average of two per game. This is clearly not good enough to remain in the top flight, even if 34 goals have been scored.

Villans Outsiders to Win Restart Match Against Blades

Villa are the outsiders to beat Sheffield United on Wednesday 17 June, with Paddy Power chalking up 2.88 about Dean Smith’s side landing a much-needed three points although they have only won five of their thirteen home matches this season.

There’s also the fact that they have started to look massively out of their depth in this division, with Leicester City winning by a 4-0 scoreline before the Premier League decided to draw a temporary halt to the season.

Sheffield United are 2.40 with William Hill to win this clash and it makes sense considering that they are comfortably the better team.

For starters, the Blades don’t tend to lose on the road in the Premier League. Let’s just consider that for a moment:


It’s crazy when you think about. Only Manchester City and Liverpool have won home matches against them this season. Their other eleven opponents have failed.

Will the Empty Grounds Make a Big Difference?

At least Aston Villa can’t get booed off the pitch if they lose against Sheffield United! Perhaps the lack of supporter expectation from the stands could see the home side take a more relaxed approach although it’s been noticeable in the Bundesliga how there haven’t been many home victories in total so far.

Both teams might struggle to initially acclimatise to a new situation where the shouts on the pitch will simply reverberate around the grounds and much will come down to which team will hit the ground running.

It’s hard to get away from the fact that Wilder has had the Midas touch since taking charge of Sheffield United and his overall results seem to improve on a season by season basis. Which is pretty spectacular considering the squad hasn’t changed much from last term’s promotion-winning team.

What Are the Best Bets for Villa v Blades?

OK, time to pin our colours to the mast. We don’t think Sheffield United are going to lose this match because they’re:

  1. The better team
  2. Playing in an empty stadium
  3. Not under any pressure to get a good result

Therefore, we’ll back them on the Draw No Bet market where we have the insurance of money back if they draw. We also think they can run a tight ship against a Villa side who rely heavily on Grealish from an attacking perspective and we’ll have a side bet on a 1-0 win for the Blades.


  • Sheffield United Draw No Bet @ 1.73 with bet365
  • Sheffield United to win 1-0 @ 9.00 with bet365


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