Preview and Prediction
The Premier League is finally back in action. For Aston Villa, the remaining ten games will be decisive ones to save their future in the English top flight next season. They are currently still stuck in the relegation zone with four-point gap from the bottom of the table. Their encounter against Sheffield United, which are now on course for targeting continental competition next season, on Wednesday marks their return of football on English soil.
Both teams’ latest news
The Villans should be grateful with the break as it halted their negative trend three months ago as they had four consecutive defeats. Their last game before the lockdown was simply disappointing as they were trashed by Leicester 0-4. The break should be good for them to recover and regain their confidence for the remaining matches. Unfortunately, two names in the squad, Tom Heaton and Wesley, are still ruled out for this midweek fixture.
The Blades’ first season since their return in Premier League has been quite a highlight. They are currently sitting on the 8th in the standings and competing against Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolverhampton for Champions League and one Europa League places. During the break, Sheffield managed to extend the loan for their impressive goalie, Dean Henderson.
Dean Smith has been in favour of the 4-1-4-1 formation with the transition to 4-3-3. The captain and current team’s bright star, Jack Grealish, will be given freer role either to play wide as winger or in a deeper position to give support to the attacking lines. Meanwhile, the former Liverpool, Napoli and Bayern’s goalkeeper, Pepe Reina will be in the starting IX to cover Tom Heaton’s absence.
His counterpart, Chris Wilder, always opts for 3-5-2 relying on pragmatic conventional English kick-and-rush style which is identical to long balls, aerial duels, and set pieces. Lys Mousset and Oliver McBurnie will be the duo front men.
Players to watch
Aston Villa counts on Jack Grealish as their main man, who also has been the target of many top EPL teams for their summer signings. Their current captain has bagged seven goals and made six assists. Another key figure in the team is The Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi with his four goals and four assists each.
In Sheffield United, their top performers this season are Chris Basham, the Scottish midfielder John Fleck, Oliver McBurnie and the Northern Ireland international Oliver Noorwood. Another notable one is the French Lys Mousset.
Aston Villa vs Sheffield Prediction
The Villians’ mission to pick up three points here is certainly tough. They have to be cautious with Chris Wilder’s men conventional attacks. Their opponent’s style might be unattractive but it is seemingly more effective with very few stars in the squad. The visitor might snatch a win.
Dean Smith’s men are not regarded as the favourite for the game. They are priced to win at 3.40. The draw result is at 3.30, while the Sheffield’s win market is higher at 2.20.