Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 08/02/19

Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Aston Villa v Sheffield United and provides us with his best bets for Friday’s Championship clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Aston Villa v Sheffield United Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 08/02/19
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Channel: Sky Sports football

Villa will be hoping to secure only their second win in their last seven games following their frustrating stalemate against Reading.

The hosts are four points off the top six currently and a win on Friday night will no doubt put the pressure on their play-off rivals.

However, Villa have found themselves being the draw specialists in the Championship this season and they will be keen to turn these draws into wins, starting with Sheffield United.

Visitors Sheffield United currently sit in third-place in the Championship, three points off Leeds and league-leaders Norwich City.

The Blades have struggled for consistency since the turn of the new year, but they will be keen to build on their win against Bolton last weekend, as Chris Wilder and co look to get themselves back into the top two.

Sheffield United have won of the better away records in the Championship, winning seven and drawing three of their 15 away games.

Team News

Villa will be without Axel Tuanzbe, Henri Lansbury, Jack Grealish and Orjan Nyland who are all sidelined with injuries.

James Chester and Andre Green are also doubts for the game with the pair recovering from their respective injuries.

Chris Wilder won’t have Kieran Freeman or Jake Wright at his disposal with the two out with injuries while striker Scott Hogan isn’t available to play against his parent club.

Potential Aston Villa Starting XI: Kalinic, Hutton, Elphick, Mings, Taylor, Jedinak, Ghazi, McGinn, Hourihane, Adomah, Abraham

Potential Sheffield United Starting XI: Henderson, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Stevens, Norwood, Fleck, Baldock, Duffy, McGoldrick, Sharp

Head To Head

  • Aston Villa 63, Draws 31, Sheffield United 39.
  • Villa not beaten the Blades at home since May 2007.
  • Sheffield United ran out 4-1 victors in the reverse fixture.

Key Stats & Facts

  • These two haven’t played out a 0-0 since October 1966.
  • Villa have lost the joint least amount of games at home in the Championship this season, only suffering two defeats at Villa Park.
  • Dean Smith’s side are also the second top goalscorers at home in the division this season.

Betting Odds

  • Aston Villa 7/4
  • Draw 5/2
  • Sheffield United 17/10

The Verdict

Despite Dean Smith’s side only suffering two losses at home this season, they could find themselves in trouble against a very impressive Sheffield United side.

Billy Sharp has been on fire recently, netting an impressive 19 goals in the league this season making him the Championship’s joint top goalscorer.

However, the man who has matched his tally is Aston Villa’s Tammy Abraham. Despite looking like he was set for a move to rivals Wolves, he has stayed at Villa Park and he will be keen to fire Villa into the play-offs.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Both teams to score – 8/13 (WilliamHill)
  • 1pt – Billy Sharp anytime goalscorer – 17/11 (UniBet)