Man Utd v Aston Villa Betting Tips & Predictions

Manchester United are 4/6 favourites over Aston Villa for their EFL Cup clash at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

Aston Villa stunned Manchester United at the weekend, running out 3-1 victors at Villa Park in Unai Emery’s first match in charge.

With the World Cup looming, Erik ten Hag faces some selection dilemmas as he looks to balance a chance at silverware with a considerable upcoming workload for some of his key players. 

Raphael Varane, Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe remain out for the hosts, while there is uncertainty over the availability of both Jadon Sancho and Antony. 

Diego Carlos and Philippe Coutinho are the only absentees for the visitors.

Both Teams To Score: Yes

17/20 (William Hill)

United conceded three goals to this opposition at the weekend. 

Villa enjoyed a trademark new manager bounce with the arrival of Emery, and they will be confident of getting a result from Old Trafford under the lights on Thursday.

Ten Hag has overseen a solid defence over the last couple of months, but with Casemiro likely to rest and Harry Maguire expected to start, United are clearly more vulnerable at the back. 

To Be Shown A Card: Scott McTominay

3/1 (Bet365)

Scott McTominay commits 2.5 fouls per 90 in the Premier League. Of players to play over 200 minutes, only six are charged with more fouls. 

The Scot has been limited to a bench role in recent weeks, but that is set to change here with Ten Hag likely to rotate.

Anytime Goalscorer: Danny Ings

15/4 (Bet365)

Danny Ings didn’t start at the weekend, but he has a chance of returning to the XI here.

Ings averages 2.9 shots per match in the Premier League, 2.1 of which are in the penalty area. He is 13th in the Premier League in expected goals per 90.

With the sluggish Maguire set to play, the intelligent movement of Ings could be a problem for United. 

The Englishman has already scored in this competition in 2022-23, and is only a couple of starts removed from a brace against Brentford.

All odds are subject to change

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