Aston Villa vs Manchester United Prediction, 5/9/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Aston Villa vs Manchester United
Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021
Location: Villa Park in Birmingham, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Aston Villa (+255) Manchester United (-120)
Marcus Rashford and Manchester United (19-10-4, 2nd in the EPL) go to Villa Park on Sunday where they'll meet Aston Villa (14-6-13, 10th in the EPL). The goalies protecting the net are Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa and Dean Henderson for Manchester United. Aston Villa are at +255 while the Red Devils are at -120. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Aston Villa faced off with Everton in their last match and earned the victory with a final of 2-1. Aston Villa tried 14 dribbles in this game and successfully completed 7 of the tries for a rate of 50.0%. In regard to passing, they finished this match with a 86.6% rate by converting 399 of the 461 targeted passes last game. In regard to shooting accuracy, Aston Villa ended this match at a 42.9% clip by putting 6 shots on target of 14 total shots. Aston Villa averages 1.39 goals per 90 min (46 total goals) and are sitting with 35 assists in all games this season.
Bertrand Traore is a guy who should impact this matchup for Aston Villa. Traore has started 148 matchups in his career while he scores 0.38 goals per 90 mins. The forward representing Burkina Faso has totaled 53 goals in 12,496 minutes played. He has totaled 20 assists while earning 24 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Another player who could decide the outcome is Ollie Watkins, the forward representing England. Watkins has been on the pitch for 18,892 minutes in 208 starts and has earned himself a total of 28 yellow card cautions. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 24 times in his career and he has scored 79 total goals. He is averaging 0.38 goals per 90 mins for his pro soccer career.
The man who will defend the goal for Aston Villa will be Emiliano Martinez. Martinez (38-24-40 mark in his professional soccer career) has totaled 35 shutouts, which gives him a 34.3% shutout rate. The goalkeeper hailing from Argentina has faced 468 shots tried against him in 102 starting assignments. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.3 (128 total goals surrendered) and he holds a save percentage of 74.4. Martinez has defended the goal for a total of 9,229 minutes and is sitting with 345 stops during his soccer career.
For their last game, Manchester United went home with a draw by a final score of 0-0 against Leeds United. They finished this game by connecting on 438 out of their 507 passes they tried earning a percentage of 86.4%. Manchester United ended the game with a 50.0% successful dribble rate by converting 20 of the 40 dribbles they pursued. Manchester United had 4 shots attempted out of their 16 shots attempted giving them a 25.0% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. With 61 goals and 44 assists in all their matches, Manchester United has an average of 1.85 goals and 1.33 assists per 90 minutes.
Marcus Rashford should provide a lift for Manchester United. The forward born in England has 12,041 mins and has scored 54 goals. He has accounted for 16 yellow card cautions so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 29 times. He currently averages 0.40 goals per 90 and has started 132 outings during his soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Bruno Fernandes, the midfielder who is from Portugal. He has 82 goals during his career while helping on a goal 60 times. Fernandes has been handed 48 yellow card cautions in 19,573 professional minutes played (222 starts). His goals per 90 average so far in his career is 0.38.
Dean Henderson is expected to look after the net for Manchester United. Henderson has racked up 56 shutouts while defending 505 shots attempted against him in 12,285 career mins. He has earned a save percentage of 77.6 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 41.2%. He has surrendered 0.86 goals per 90 minutes while holding a mark of 71-35-30. In his career, Henderson has allowed 118 goals while earning 388 stops in 136 starts.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Aston Villa (+255)
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