Aston Villa have lost just one of their last five but they’re still deep in trouble following the draw against Fulham last weekend and their plight is expected to worsen on Monday night as they head to champions-elect Manchester United.
Bookies are convinced the hosts will prevail, William Hill’s 2/7 the top price available about a home win at Old Trafford, where Paul Lambert’s troops are a massive 12/1 with BetVictor to pick up a vital three points and 23/4 (bet365) to snatch a respectable share of the spoils.
Hope for the Villans comes in the shape of United’s recent lack of fluency. The league leaders, who seem to be stumbling over the finish line, have won only one of their last four matches and that victory came against freefalling Stoke while their midweek stalemate at West Ham was perhaps a touch fortunate.
Of course that doesn’t necessarily mean punters should pile into an away success, after all Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have emerged triumphant in 14 of their 16 home matches, nevertheless, Aston Villa can make sure they don’t have it all their own way in what could be a closer contest than the odds suggest.
The best route to profit then could be Stan James’s 4/5 for both teams to get on the scoresheet, as Villa have found the net in ten of their last eleven, while Paddy Power price Christian Benteke at 3/1 to add to his tally at any point.