Aston Villa take on the visitors Manchester United in the round 24 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Sunday, February 11th at Villa Park (Birmingham).
Aston Villa with its glorious history couldn't really show much for a long time. They even dropped into the Championship. But an interesting and quite unexpected collaboration with Unai Emery brought rapid and fairly bright progress. Initially, already during the last season, the Spaniard, who came at the end of autumn, finished with his new charges in 7th position. As a result, having received several interesting newcomers in the summer, the club started in the Europa Conference League qualifiers. And managed to win the first place in the autumn quartet ahead of schedule, so the fight will continue there in the spring. The team also participated in the cup - this week in a replay against Chelsea, they unexpectedly performed weakly, losing 1-3 at home. But the priority is undoubtedly the Premier League, where they managed to climb to 2nd place - Emery was also recognized as the manager of the month in December. But just when the team seemed to be on track, they faltered: only a goalless draw with Everton, a home defeat to Newcastle. Fortunately, then they encountered the weak Sheffield United, to whom they quickly scored goals - stopping at 5-0 in the 47th minute.
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Manchester United will definitely not repeat last season. The Red Devils continue their favorite roller coaster ride. As high as Ten Hag was rated last season, with a League Cup win and a 3rd place in the Premier League, he is equally disappointing now. What was the point of returning to the Champions League only to finish last in the group, below both Galatasaray and Copenhagen? And in the League Cup, there was a 0-3 home defeat to Newcastle. The Mancunians look unimpressive in the Premier League, where the chances of staying in the top 4 seem increasingly theoretical. Interestingly, even with the appearance of a new major shareholder, Ratcliffe (or perhaps because of this), in January, they didn't strengthen the squad, on the contrary, they let go of unnecessary players led by Jadon Sancho. It's clear that more and more people are already thinking about what the club will do in the summer. But, of course, the Dutch manager will try to fight in the country's cup, where there haven't been any serious opponents so far. And in the Premier League, MU simply must fight to improve their positions. They practically had everything with West Ham - defeating the opponent 3-0.
Returning to Britain in November of the year before last, Emery defeated the Red Devils 3-1. However, they quickly took revenge in the cup format, and last year at Old Trafford the hosts won both times. The hosts are given the advantage, but both sides will try to achieve a good result here. The productivity of the pair is not overestimated, so it's worth betting on total under 3.5 goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.5 scored goals.