Premier League Betting Tips and Preview: Can Aston Villa win again at Everton?
Team news, odds and previews ahead of tonight’s matches
Nearly every game is important at this stage of the season, and tonight’s ties could have major ripple effects at both ends of the table.
Sheffield United have found their form after a shaky restart, as they host a Leicester City side desperately holding on to a Champions League place.
Manchester United missed the chance to capitalise on slips from Chelsea and Leicester earlier in the week, can they keep the pressure on tonight?
Aston Villa claimed all three points last time out against Crystal Palace, but face an Everton side on a long unbeaten run at home, while Southampton face Brighton and Hove Albion in a mid-table tussle.
Leicester’s poor form means they are just barely clinging on to the final Champions League spot, as they fell to a dismal 4-1 defeat to 18th-placed Bournemouth on Sunday.
Tonight they’re up against a Blades teams who have rediscovered their form, beating Tottenham, Wolves and Chelsea as part of a four-game unbeaten streak.
We have Leicester at 10/11 to win, with the draw at 23/10 and a Sheffield Utd win at 10/3.
When the teams met way back in August, Leicester were 2-1 winners with a Harvey Barnes goal sealing their victory, but the Foxes have recorded just one win in six since the league resumed.
Sheffield United, on the other hand, have taken some big scalps in recent weeks, beating the teams currently in third, sixth and seventh as they battle for a spot in the Europa League. The only caveat is that all three of those wins came at Bramall Lane – the Blades haven’t won away from home since a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace back in February, scoring just twice in five away matches.
You can back Leicester to win to nil at 2/1, while Sheffield United to win and both teams to score is out at 8/1.
Jamie Vardy has scored four in his last three games and leads the goalscorer markets at 11/4 to score first, or 11/10 to score anytime, while Kelechi Iheanacho is 15/8 to bag an anytime goal.
For Sheffield United, Lys Mousset looks a threat at 5/2 to score anytime, with Billy Sharp at 16/5 and Oliver McBurnie at 10/3 to score during the game.
Caglar Soyuncu is suspended for Leicester after picking up a red card against Bournemouth, while John Fleck could return to the Sheffield United squad after recovering from a groin injury.
Aston Villa recorded their first win in 11 games as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday, reviving their slim survival hopes, though there remains plenty of work to be done.
Everton lost 3-0 to Wolves last time out but can take solace in their strong form at Goodison Park, where they’re unbeaten in 10 Premier League games, with five wins and five draws.
We have Everton at 21/20 to win, with the draw at 12/5 and an Aston Villa win at 13/5.
Aston Villa were 2-0 winners when the teams met at Villa Park earlier in the season and are looking to do the league double over Everton for the first time since the 2000/01 season. You can back another 2-0 victory to Villa at 18/1, while an Everton win with both teams to score comes in at 29/10.
Despite winning on Sunday, Aston Villa failed to make up any ground in the league as the three teams above them all won too. Now they have an opportunity to lessen the gap to safety after Bournemouth lost to Man City yesterday and with West Ham and Watford playing each other tomorrow. Even so, a win here will leave them in the relegation zone.
Everton’s strong form at home and poor form away marks them out as an inconsistent mid-table side, who have little to play for this season, though with Carlos Ancelotti at the helm, hopes will be higher next year.
In the goalscorer markets, Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads the way for Everton, despite being without a goal in six, at 3/1 to score first or 23/20 to score anytime, with Richarlison at 13/10 for an anytime goal.
For Villa, January signing Mbwana Aly Samatta is 7/1 to score first, or 13/5 anytime, while Trezeguet who scored a brace against Palace is 4/1 to score again tonight.
Yerry Mina may miss out for Everton after coming off with a thigh problem against Wolves, though Mason Holgate and Andre Gomes are hoping to be fit after picking up knocks.
For Villa, Kortney Hause is a doubt after pulling up in the warm-up against Palace, while Neil Taylor could also miss out.
Hosts Crystal Palace are on a poor run, losing five in a row and picking up just three points in six games since the league resumed.
Man Utd meanwhile are unbeaten since football’s return, though they’ll rue the missed opportunity that allowed Southampton to rescue a point in the 96th minute last time out.
We have Crystal Palace at 9/1 to win, with the draw at 21/5 and a Man Utd win at 1/3.
Man Utd had a golden opportunity to move into third on Monday night, but a lapse in concentration allowed Southampton score a last-gasp equaliser in the 96th minute, meaning Man Utd now need to rely on other teams to take a spot in the top four.
Palace’s rotten run has seen them concede 13 goals in five games, scoring just 3 in reply, while Man Utd’s last six games have all seen three or more goals. As such, you can back a Man Utd win with over 2.5 goals at 10/11 or Utd to win to nil at 11/10.
Man Utd have a wealth of attacking threats right now, with Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood both at 7/2 to open the scoring or 13/10 to score anytime, while Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford can both be found at 7/5 to score anytime.
For Crystal Palace, Jordan Ayew looks the mostly likely man to find the back of the net at 17/2 to score first or 14/5 anytime.
Christian Benteke will miss out for Palace after receiving his marching orders against former club Aston Villa, while Ezri Konsa begins a three-game suspension. Gary Cahill and James Tomkins will also be absent due to injury.
Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams may all need a late fitness test for Man Utd after picking up knocks against Southampton.
Southampton have become a difficult side to beat in recent weeks, losing just once since the restart in a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal. With a morale-boosting last-minute equaliser against Man Utd, they’ll be confident of a result against struggling Brighton.
Though relegation is technically still possible for Brighton, the five point gap between them and 18th-placed Bournemouth should be enough to see them to safety, but they’re another team on a poor streak, losing three of their last four in the league, albeit against tough opposition.
We have Southampton at 6/5 to win, with the draw at 9/4 and a Brighton win at 23/10.
Brighton have found the net just twice in their last five, while conceding 11, and you can back Southampton to win to nil at 11/4.
Southampton’s last two outings have seen them draw 1-1 and 2-2, and you can back another draw with both teams to score at 16/5.
In the goalscorer markets, Danny Ings can be found at 13/5 to score first, or Evens anytime, after scoring three in his last four, while Che Adams, Michael Obafemi and Shane Long are all 7/2 to score anytime.
For Brighton Neal Maupay leads the way at 21/10 to score any time, while veteran striker Glenn Murray is 5/2 to score anytime.
With three games in six days, Southampton may need to shuffle the pack, with Yan Valery, Djenepo and Sofiane Boufal all still absent through injury.
For Brighton, only long-term absentees Steven Alzate and Jose Izquierdo are set to miss out.
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