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Aston Villa vs Sheffield United Predictions

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Under 2.5 Match Goals

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Aston Villa vs Sheffield United Predictions

  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in both of Villa and Sheffield United’s Premier League meetings last season.
  • Sheffield United drew nine of their 19 Premier League away games last term.
  • The Blades averaged just 0.78 goals per 90 minutes on the road in the Premier League last season.
  • Villa notched one or fewer goals in 11 of their final 12 matches of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

 Villa’s loftier aspirations

Having beaten the drop by the skin of their teeth last season, Aston Villa will hope to embark on their latest Premier League adventure as a more battle-hardened outfit in 2020/21, and a finish closer to the midsection of the table is the target.

To help their ambitions along, Villa signed defender Matty Cash and prolific striker Ollie Watkins from the Championship, along with Arsenal’s second-choice stopper Emiliano Martínez, and while their spending this year fell way short of last summer’s massive transfer splurge, the Villains have still been one of the division’s biggest spenders again.

By the time Monday’s season opener against Sheffield United rolls around, Villa will have waited longer than any other team bar Man City to contest their first Premier League match of the new campaign, though the club’s 3-1 Carabao Cup win at Burton in mid-week will have been a useful confidence and fitness building exercise.

Sheffield United hoping to avoid second season syndrome

Having finished the 2019/20 season with just three wins from 10 Premier League matches, Sheffield United – who had threatened to upset the established order for much of the campaign – ended up in 9th spot in the top-flight following their promotion from the second tier.

While a top-half finish was still seen as a resounding success for a club that many had tipped to go straight back down, the Blades’ limp finish hinted at a further regression to come.

Following a largely frustrating summer in the market, where keeper Aaron Ramsdale was United’s only major purchase, whispers of the dreaded second season syndrome have started to surface after the Blades’ 2-0 reverse at home to Wolves last weekend, and Sheffield Utd’s penalty kick exit at Burnley in the Carabao Cup on Thursday has done little to lift the mood.

Tight contest anticipated at Villa Park

Meetings between promoted Aston Villa and Sheffield United during their maiden Premier League campaign were understandably tight last term, and under 2.5 goals were scored in each of their meetings.

At Bramall Lane last December, Sheffield United carved out a fine 2-0 win, but in their most recent encounter at Villa Park in mid-June, the teams cancelled each other out in a drab 0-0 stalemate – and their latest head-to-head on Monday has all the makings of another battle for inches.

Last season, a blunt run in saw Villa net one or fewer goals in 11 of their final 12 matches of the Premier League campaign, while the Blades plundered one or zero goals in 11 of their last 13.

With Ollie Watkins needing time to settle, and Sheffield United’s frontline unaltered, there is little to suggest that the teams’ respective attacking output has improved much since the end of last season, and with that considered, the under 2.5 goals market looks your best bet again.

Our correct score prediction follows along similar lines, and a 1-1 result at Villa Park looks a likely outcome. The Blades finished level with their hosts in nine of their 19 Premier League away assignments last term, with six of those ending 1-1, and a similar scoreline looks probable when they travel to take on a Villa side that hit a single goal in each of their last three Premier League fixtures.

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