Two sides that could scarcely be in different form at present face off on Thursday as relegation-battling Aston Villa host a resurgent-looking Manchester United.
Aston Villa have taken just two points from 15 available since the restart, and one of those came somewhat fortuitously on their first game back as a rare goal-line technology error denied Sheffield United a legitimate goal in a 0-0 draw.
They come into this fixture in desperate need of three points after Watford cut them four points adrift of safety with a 2-1 win over Norwich on Tuesday, but their form is looking terminal and stretches back to long before lockdown - it’s seven defeats and two draws from their last nine Premier League outings.
One issue at present is a lack of goals, with talisman Jack Grealish - leader for Villa in terms of both goals (seven) and assists (six) failing to directly be involved any goals since the hiatus. Villa collectively have scored just two goals from five games.
Grealish is 9/2 to score anytime, and 14/1 to open the scoring. That’s behind 12 different Manchester United players, which sums up their underdog status here - a massive 9/1 to get a home win.
That’s largely down to Manchester United’s scintillating form, which stretches back to February. They’re unbeaten in 16 in all competitions, winning 12 and losing just four. They’re looking particularly good offensively, with 11 goals scored from their last three league outings and really clicking into top gear as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has settled on a front four of rising star Mason Greenwood alongside Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Greenwood was particularly impressive in Saturday’s massive 5-2 win over Bournemouth, producing two lethal finishes that gave Cherries goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale no chance. The 18-year-old is 11/10 to score anytime, 11/2 to get another brace or 22/1 to score a hat-trick.
There’s little value in backing Manchester United, the strong favourites at just 3/10 for an away win, so we recommend backing a comfortable 3-0 victory here. They’ve scored 11 goals in their last three league games, while Aston Villa have looked incredibly blunt of late.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change