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Aston Villa v Manchester United Betting Tips

Manchester United and Aston Villa opened their seasons with a 1-0 win on Saturday, seeing off Tottenham and Bournemouth respectively. Both sides now face a very different test as they meet at Villa Park on Friday evening.

Manchester United are naturally a short price but given the results we’ve seen so far this season, it’d be lazy to just write this one off as an away win. United are currently 1.70 with Paddy Power but that price is set to rise.

Aston Villa are on the move also as they’ve received some backing at Sportingbet and Betway, although the general consensus is that their price continues to rise also. They’re 6.00 with Bet365 to take all three points.

If you’re going to bet a big price and go against a side like United, then early season is probably the time to do it. United looked quite comfortable against Spurs at the weekend, but Villa Park is a very hard place to go.

Villa Park hasn’t been a fortress for six seasons but Tim Sherwood has the opportunity to start a fresh and build on results at home with his current squad. Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew provide different dimensions going forward and Villa clearly have enough to trouble their visitors.

Despite keeping a clean sheet, United afford Tottenham as many as 10 chances during their scrappy 1-0 win on the weekend. United’s only shot on target early on was enough to decide the game, but it was a very uninspiring performance.

With as many as five new key players in the side it’s going to take United time to gel. If they’re going to have a wobble, it’s likely to be early in the season. It remains to be seen whether or not this side will grow in to a title challenger, but the likes of Depay and Schweinsteiger will take time to adapt to the very different English game.

In Jordan Ayew Villa seem to have an exciting outlet who won’t need that much time. He’s quick, clever and dangerous running in behind. Villa have added two big missing pieces from last season – pace and a target man.

For all his upsides, Christian Benteke was not a real target man. Rudy Gestede has scored 20-headed goals in two seasons and should give United plenty to think about. It also gives Villa a new dimension of being able to cross the ball and put teams under pressure on set pieces.

The one thing you have to note about United defending set pieces is that they don’t possess the height that a lot of Premier League sides do. If there’s a way to undo the visitors, it’s going to be through Gestede.

United are likely to hold on to the ball for long periods but I think having seen them versus Spurs, it could take a little while longer for them to click going forward.

Back Aston Villa +0.5AH at 2.37 with BetVictor

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