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This looks a hard game to call with question marks surrounding how strong a team Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will select given the fixture congestion his team faces after the cancellation of last Sunday’s game with Liverpool. Starting with Aston Villa on Sunday, United will play three matches In five days with Leicester on Tuesday followed by Liverpool on Thursday.
Even a manager as reluctant to rotate his best players as Solskjaer undoubtedly will have to relent and rest Bruno Fernandes et al for at least one of those three matches. We can at least be fairly confident that Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson, Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay will be restored to the starting line-up after missing out in midweek.
Sunday 2.05pm: Aston Villa v Manchester United
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Rashford in particular is a player who looks like he is suffering physically from the demands of a draining season and on current form he would be fortunate to start ahead of Mason Greenwood for the Europa League final.
Whoever United select, they should still carry a reasonable threat in attack and Over 2.5 Goals has clicked in Aston Villa’s last five Premier League matches so that looks the safest selection for leg one of my Bet Builder.
Ollie Watkins has had an outstanding debut season in the Premier League with 13 league goals and he has had to carry Villa’s attack in the absence of Jack Grealish. Watkins looks not far from a complete modern centre forward with an excellent work-rate and athleticism, skilful link-up play and the pace to trouble most centre halves.
Given that, its not surprising that he was linked with Liverpool in recent weeks and Villa will do well to hold onto the former Brentford star this summer. Watkins comes into this game with three goals in five matches and the price on offer looks a fair for Watkins to Score Anytime.
Pogba is playing some of the best football of his Man Utd career with a free role on the left side of United’s attack suiting him far more than at the base of midfield. In that position, Pogba notched two shots on target against Roma at Old Trafford and it looks good value for Paul Pogba to have 1 or More Shots on Target.
Matty Cash has seven yellow cards and one sending off already this season and faces a difficult matchup against Pogba or Rashford. I think there’s a good chance we see Matty Cash get Booked in this one.
Bet Builder for Aston Villa v Man Utd
Those four give us a combined odds of around 35/1 and can hopefully go close on Sunday afternoon.
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