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Aston Villa vs Sheffield United Predictions

England Premier League | Villa Park | 17th June
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Aston Villa vs Sheffield United predictions for the resumption of the Premier League. Relegation threatened Aston Villa look for a result against the surprise package of the Premier League, Sheffield United on Wednesday. Read on for all our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Both Teams To Score @ 10/11

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Sheffield United 2-1 @ 10/1

Reason For Aston Villa vs Sheffield United Predictions

  • Aston Villa have scored in 92% of their Premier League home games this season.
  • Sheffield United have scored in 10 of their 13 Premier League road trips.
  • Aston Villa have lost four of their five home league games against teams in the top half of the table.
  • Sheffield United have lost just two of their 13 away days, with those coming against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Contrasting fortunes for the two promoted clubs

It’s been over three months since a Premier League ball was kicked in anger, but at 6pm on Wednesday the top flight finally returns to action as Aston Villa desperately try to escape the relegation zone against one of the biggest surprises of the season.

Sheffield United came into the 2019/20 season, like Villa, as a newly promoted side. Unlike Aston Villa, however, they were firm favourites to face the drop and, also unlike their opponents, they have completely defied expectations to put themselves in shock competition for European qualification.

While the enforced break in play was a hammer blow to football fans around the world, it actually came at the right time for Dean Smith’s side. Aston Villa were looking back on a four match losing streak in the Premier League and had just been hammered 4-0 at Leicester. They have had 12 weeks to try and rebuild some confidence, and a win on Wednesday would lift them out of the relegation zone.

Blades set sights on European qualification

Sheffield United had no need to build confidence. The Blades’ 1-0 win over Norwich at the start of March left them in 7th position as lockdown began, and a victory on Wednesday would take them into 5th. They have already surpassed the imaginary 40-point relegation marker and they can now set their sights on achieving European qualification, and there’s even a realistic potential for Champions League football.

This is an astonishing rise to the top from a club who were playing League One football just a few years ago. Chris Wilder’s tactical revolution and smart recruitment is currently reaping rewards, and all without blowing the Bramall Lane bank.

Most newly promoted clubs that enjoy successful first seasons in the Premier League do so on the back of a raucous home support, but The Blades’ good form isn’t just limited to Bramall Lane. Incredibly, they have lost just two of their 13 away league games, and those came against Liverpool and Manchester City.

That being said, seven of these 13 road trips have ended in stalemates, so there is cause for optimism for The Villains. Although that optimism quickly erodes when you cast your mind back and remember that Aston Villa have lost five of their last eight league games at Villa Park.

Clean sheets at a premium at Villa Park

Dean Smith’s men have also lost four of their five home games against teams in the top half of the table, with their only point coming against 10th placed Burnley in September. Sheffield United, on the other hand, have won four of their seven trips away to bottom half sides.

What we can expect from the return of the Premier League is goals at both ends of the pitch. Sheffield United have only kept four clean sheets in 13 trips away, and they’re facing a Villa side that have scored in all but one of their home games this season. However, with the hosts managing just one clean sheet in the last six at home and shipping 17 goals in the process, we’re predicting both teams to find the net.

The contrasting records of Aston Villa at home to top half sides and Sheffield United away to bottom half sides points towards another impressive Blades win on Wednesday. Villa have conceded 1.85 goals per home game on average this season and have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six meetings with Sheffield United, so a 2-1 win for the visitors is what we’re backing for our correct score prediction.

Key Battle – Jack Grealish vs Chris Basham

While Aston Villa’s return to the top flight has been swathed in disappointment, the one shining light has been Jack Grealish’s performances. The 24-year-old may have been plagued by off-the-field problems, but his creativity and attacking flair on the left side of Villa’s attack has never wavered.

Scorer of seven goals and provider of six assists, Grealish remains a purported transfer target for Manchester United and will be desperate to save his beloved Villa before his likely move to pastures new. He’ll be pitted against Sheffield United’s standout defender Chris Basham on Wednesday.

Basham has been one of the many excellent performers in this well-oiled Blades team. Operating on the right side of a three-man back line, Basham has averaged 2.2 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 4.5 clearances per match. If those numbers don’t mean anything to you, just know that all of them are among the top averages in the team.

The 31-year-old has picked up four man of the match awards and three of those came against teams in the bottom half of the table. Grealish, meanwhile, has saved his three man of the match performances for teams in the lower half of the table, and with Villa’s talisman failing to score in each of his last seven competitive appearances the stage is set for Basham to nullify his opponent’s threat.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United team news

The three-month layoff has given midfielder John McGinn a chance to recuperate and he should slot right back into Aston Villa’s midfield alongside Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz. Aly Samatta is likely to play in the centre of attack in the absence of Wesley with Jack Grealish and Anwar El Ghazi alongside.

Aston Villa predicted lineup: Nyland – Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett – McGinn, Nakamba, Luiz – Grealish, Samatta, Ghazi

Chris Wilder should have a full contingent available on Wednesday, with Dean Henderson continuing between the sticks after extending his loan spell at Bramall Lane. The major dilemma comes up front as David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset, Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp all compete for the two striking spots.

Sheffield United predicted lineup: Henderson – Basham, Egan, O’Connell – Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens – McGoldrick, McBurnie

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