Villains look to avoid crimes against defending against Man Utd
This weekend promises a feast of sporting delights across the board, but sandwiched between some live international rugby this weekend is an intriguing Premier League match, that sees Manchester United travel to the West Midlands to take on Aston Villa.
The Villains have an atrocious record at home against Sir Alex Ferguson's team, and after one of the worst starts to a season in club history, Paul Lambert has a tough job on his hands in guiding Villa to a win over Man Utd, the last of which at Villa Park came to start the 1995-96 season, after which Alan Hansen glibly remarked that ‘you'll never win anything with kids.' So, can we blame Hansen for Man United's dominance since?
Villa have failed to impress possession-wise this season, only managing to beat their opposition on time on the ball twice, yet their quick experienced striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has netted 4 goals against Manchester United since August 2006, second only to every United fan's favourite player, Steven Gerrard, but if Gabby can equal Stevie G's 5 on Saturday evening, William Hill will pay out on 10/3 anytime goalscorer, yet if Agbonlahor can find the gaol in a Villa win, he will complete William Hill's enhancement at 12/1 (from 8/1).
One perceived reason as to why Villa have struggled so far this season is that Lambert, as a new manager, is trying to lay down his authority by firstly stripping Darren Bent of his captaincy, followed up swiftly by his benching, with the former Charlton, Spurs and Sunderland striker seeing a starting XI only sporadically since. Priced a 9/1 to score first, it is hoped by the home fans that their manager will see sense in starting the prolific England goalscorer, and know that having to rely on the inconsistent Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann may land them in further trouble against a seemingly invigorated Red Devils side.
Ferguson's side have imposed their authority on almost every opponent so far this season, and win, lose, or draw, United have often looked the stronger side. Of course, the signing of Robin van Perise has of course been a success. The suave Dutchman has proven that he is in no way a one-season wonder, and the finesse with which he has taken plenty of chances this year has been wonderful. Their fluency going forward has been magnificent to watch at times, and star striker Wayne Rooney has been enhanced to score in a United win at 7/4 (from 5/4), whilst on the past four occasions in which the hairless one has score against Villa, he has gone on to grab at least two (4/1 to score 2 or more)
The 19 time English champions travel to Villa Park are still missing some key personnel at the back, as Phil Jones, Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans are all out of this clash, whilst Shinji Kagawa and Nani are also doubtful.
Coverage of this game begins on Sky Sports 2 at 17:00, kicking off at 17:30. You can bet now and in-play on over 150 markets for this, and every Premier League game this weekend with William Hill - the Home of Betting.