Aston Villa v Man United: Cavani, Pogba and Bruno to bully?

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Aston Villa v Man United: Cavani, Pogba and Bruno to bully?

It’s Aston Villa v Man United on Sunday and we are expecting a lot of goals. Tactical preview here…


Tactical pattern
Aston Villa have managed to recover some of their solidity through midfield in recent weeks after a difficult, and somewhat chaotic, 2021. John McGinn has been stationed in a deeper role alongside Douglas Luiz as Dean Smith moves from an expansive 4-3-3 (with two free eights) to a more stoic 4-2-3-1.

Since Man Utd aren’t particularly hard pressing or possession-centric, it is likely to give us an even game at Villa Park and one that – between two managers who perhaps lack the detail of the division’s best tacticians – will be settled by individual moments of quality in head-to-head battles.


Key battle zone
Man Utd’s left flank should be the most important area of the pitch at both ends. United generally focus their attacks down the left and Luke Shaw has enjoyed overlapping Paul Pogba recently as the Frenchman cuts inside, and while Matty Cash is a top-quality right-back, he can be left a bit exposed by Bertrand Traore’s high starting position.

But Traore is improving all the time and, in Jack Grealish’s absence, is Villa’s most important threat on the counter-attack. His direct dribbling around Shaw could cause United issues; keep an eye on how the four players on this side of the pitch attempt to push each other back.


Keep an eye on… Cavani and Fernandes around Douglas Luiz
Luiz is still not back to his best at Villa, looking a little short of pace as he fails to anticipate loose balls or keep steady in the challenge. It seems to be a confidence issue, and while he is a little more tentative United can hope to find joy passing through the lines around the Brazilian. Pogba’s movement will already prove a distraction, but not as much as Edinson Cavani’s work.

Cavani is crucial to United getting past their sluggish side-to-side football. The Uruguayan drops off the front line to receive a ball through the lines, before . It is a simple action, but with Villa far from compressed through midfield it is the kind of move that could suddenly up the tempo of the game and get United on the front foot.


One to watch… Ross Barkley
In the 2-1 win at Everton Barkley enjoyed his best performance in a Villa shirt since the early days of the season. As a confidence player, that might spark a run of form to help drive Villa back into European contention; look out for his driving runs in possession, a simple feature that ought to work against the flat-footed .

However, more likely Barkley will go missing as he so often does in big games and, with Cavani and Pogba urging United forward, Villa will most likely shrink from the battle. In a game of individualists the team with the higher-quality players should bully their way to victory.


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Cheeky is here to preview nine of this weekend’s Premier League games – including the big one, Man City v Chelsea. If you like all of Cheeky’s picks, Paddy Power’s Acca Insurance will refund all punters whose 4+ bet accumulators are let down by just a single selection.


Leicester City v Newcastle United
Leicester City have won eight of their last 10 Premier League matches against Newcastle and can claim three huge points on Friday night. It’s been another fabulous season for the Foxes, who have Champions League qualification in their hands with four matches to go. James Maddison has netted in each of his last three appearances against the Magpies, so could be worth nibbling at 5/1 to score first at the King Power.


Leeds United v Tottenham
Ryan Mason is chasing history this weekend as no manager has ever won their first three Premier League matches in charge of Spurs. Not Mourinho. Not Pochettino. Nor Mr Hoddle. Tottenham moved up to fifth place with Sunday evening’s 4-0 romp at home to Sheffield United but they face a tougher test against Leeds, who have enjoyed some fine results against top six sides at home this season. Saturday’s lunch time kick-off at Elland Road could be spicy, and with Harry Kane looking to go further clear in the race for the Golden Boot, he could be worth a punt to score first.


Sheffield United v Crystal Palace
Sheffield United have won their last three home league matches against Crystal Palace but the Blades have been so poor this season I can’t bring myself to back them, even at 15/8 on home soil.


Man City v Chelsea
Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul after , but this weekend is of course much more than a ‘dress rehearsal’ for that final. Manchester City can wrap up their fifth Premier League title by beating the Blues, but came unstuck against Chelsea in the FA Cup recently. Thomas Tuchel’s men also need the points to help secure a top four finish, so this is no foregone conclusion. Despite all the attacking talent that will be on display at the Etihad, ‘Unders’ looks the percentage bet in Manchester. Pep Guardiola’s side have kept 18 clean sheets in 34 PL matches this term, while Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in 11 of their 15 Premier League outings under Thomas Tuchel. Under 2.5 goals is a very short price with those rogues at Paddy Power though so as the Maverick’s Maverick I’m going to hope for an early goal to open the game up and have a dart on ‘Overs’ at odds against.


Liverpool v Southampton
The Reds are 1/3 here despite Southampton looking to complete a league double over Liverpool for just the second time since the Premier League started. On recent evidence I cannot have Liverpool at 1/3, you filthy impure swines! If they can keep Mo Salah quiet (seven goals in seven Premier League appearances versus Southampton) Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men could easily bag a draw at Anfield. Liverpool, runaway Premier League champions last year and Champions League winners in 2019, look likely to miss out on a place in the competition altogether next season. It will be fascinating to see what transfer activity happens at Anfield over the summer.


Wolves v Brighton
Wolves have yet to beat Brighton in five attempts in the Premier League (four draws and a defeat) and the teams played out a breathless 3-3 draw back in January. Despite being the away team on Sunday however and being five points worse off than Wolves after 34 games, Brighton are 6/5 favourites here. What’s that all about? That price feels a bit mental so am happy to row in on Wolves at 11/5. Remember what Fast Eddie Felson said: “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” Awooga.


Aston Villa v Manchester United
In 51 Premier League matches Villa have only recorded three wins over the Red Devils so 7/2 odds about the home win are pretty scandalous. I would be surprised if Manchester United didn’t win this. In fact if you were to ask me to name three geniuses, I probably wouldn’t say Einstein, Newton… I would say Pogba, Cavani, Fernandes, Sessions. These are the players Manchester United must not only hang onto this summer, but build their team around in 2021/22. With the possible exception of Sessions, who died in 2020.


West Ham v Everton
Everton’s season has imploded while West Ham’s home form (31 points from 17 matches) is the second best in the division behind Manchester City. Prithee, if thou lovest me, tell me why the Hammers are a juicy 13/10 here?


Arsenal v West Brom
10 points adrift with four games left, the writing is on the wall now for the Baggies. You can get 6/1 about them winning in north London. They’ve managed just two wins from 17 on their travels this season however so that’s not the most solid 6/1 shot I’ve ever seen. I much prefer the 11/5 about Arsenal winning a match where both teams score.


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