While it is mathematically possible to be in the top seven, two wins from their last nine Premier League (PL) outings (G2, D3, L4) likely leave Aston Villa with too large a deficit to cut with five games remaining. However, Villa’s strong defense gives them a chance here, as their 14 clean sheets, this season is already the most they have had in a PL season since 2009/10 (15).
The team that scored first failed to win in Villa’s last three home games (W1, D1, L1), although they did manage to claim their last four points at home from losing positions. That never-say-die attitude has also been seen at times when he also starts out as a loser, as in all venues, Villa is undefeated in eight of the 15 PL games in which he started as an outsider (G7, D1, L7 ).
Manchester United’s busy schedule continues as they play their second game this week and have another in just two days. Consequently, careful team management by Chief Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be expected. Still, they have won six of their last eight competitive games (D1, L1) and will almost secure another top-four position with a victory here.
The ‘Red Devils’ are on an incredible 24-game unbeaten streak away from home (W15, D9), but that has been achieved despite scoring first in just three of their 17 such trips this season. Subsequently, they scored a staggering league-high of 25 points when they fell behind on the road (G8, D1).
Players to Score: Villa’s Ollie Watkins (13 goals in PL) has averaged 2.7 shots per PL game so far, and scored the first game in two of his last four starts. Manchester United has scored eight penalties together in the league before the round, making it notable that Bruno Fernandes has scored from the point in his last two H2H appearances.
Important statistic: Man United is undefeated in 43 of the last 44 PL H2H (G32, D11, L1) and has not lost at Villa Park since 1995!
Prediction: Aston V.  vs  Man Utd.