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Sheffield United vs Aston Villa: Predictions
Chris Wilder’s side seems all but down now following their 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool on the weekend. Despite some valiant goalkeeping from Aaron Ramsdale, the Blades were unable to keep out the relentless Liverpool. Although it would take a miracle for them to stay up this season, Wilder insists his side will not give up until the end.
Aston Villa still have their eyes on a European qualification place. One year on from fighting for their Premier League status, Dean Smith’s side find themselves just five points off Chelsea in fifth-place and with a game in hand on Thomas Tuchel’s side.
However, Villa has suffered from some inconsistency as of late and only four wins in their last 11 Premier League games has dented their opportunity to leapfrog the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool comfortably after having three games in hand on the two Premier League giants at one point.
The two sides met early in the season and Villa edged a close 1-0 victory against a 10-man Blades after John Egan was shown a straight red card early in the game. With Villa looking to complete their first league double over the Blades since 1993/94 season, this game offers Smith’s side the perfect opportunity to do so and earn valuable points in the push for European football.
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Sheffield United vs Aston Villa: Match Stats
The introduction of Emiliano Martínez in the summer has been a proven success for Villa this season and propelled them into the position they are in now. No side has kept more clean sheets away from home (8) than Villa this season and only Manchester City has kept more in total (15) than Villa’s 13.
Despite their poor defensive record, Sheffield have made the fourth-most (430) tackles this season with Chris Basham leading the way with 57 recorded successful tackles. With Villa eyeing this game as an opportunity to add another three points to their tally, the Sheffield midfield and backline could be in for a busy evening.
Sheffield United vs Aston Villa: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Sheffield United 0-2 Aston Villa
21 September 2020 – Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United – Premier League
17 June 2020 – Aston Villa 0-0 Sheffield United – Premier League
14 December 2019 – Sheffield United 2-0 Aston Villa – Premier League
8 February 2019 – Aston Villa 3-3 Sheffield United – Championship
1 September 2018 – Sheffield United 4-1 Aston Villa – Championship
Sheffield have a relatively good recent record over Villa, however, this season has been a disaster for Chris Wilder’s side who are set to go back down to the Championship despite their incredible return to the top-flight last season.