Aston Villa will be aiming to close the gap on the top six when they entertain fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield United at Villa Park on Friday evening. The west Midlands outfit have managed just the solitary triumph since the turn of the year and the run sees them five points off the playoff positions. Sheffield, meanwhile, are right in the top six but indifferent form in the past few weeks has seen them fail to propel into the automatic promotion places. Chris Wilder’s side are currently three points off the top two in the standings. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Villa went unbeaten for the third game on the bounce after they settled for a 0-0 draw against Reading on the road. They have now played stalemates in four of their previous six matches with just one of those ending in a win.
Sheffield returned to winning ways after two matches following a 2-0 triumph over struggling Bolton Wanderers. David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp scored for the promotion chasers in the second period.
The previous meeting between the sides occurred at Bramall Lane in September which Sheffield won by a comfortable 4-1 scoreline. The last encounter at Villa Park ended in a 2-2 draw in the past campaign. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Villa are fancied at 2.62 for the three points and the same goes for Sheffield at 2.60. The visitors have been largely consistent through the campaign but they have recently been vulnerable on the road with back-to-back winless games. Villa are capable of scoring but they are no assurances with their own backline. Our preview prefers a high-scoring draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Aston Villa win odds: 2.62
Sheffield United win odds: 2.60
Correct Score odds
Villa are bound to score in their stadium on Friday, as they have netted two goals in each of their previous five home matches. However, this may not necessary contribute to a victory, as they have leaked an equal amount of goals in the same interval. The 2-2 has been a common score at Villa Park in three matches since December and an identical result may be on the cards with the in-form Tammy Abraham and Billy Sharp likely to lay their marks on the game. Sheffield netted twice in a 2-2 draw in their previous visit. Our correct score prediction is to go with a 2-2 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]2-2 draw at 11.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Villa’s inability to keep clean sheets has contributed to high-scoring fests in their homeground. The past seven matches at Villa Park have produced at least three goals and the outcome was similar when Sheffield previously made the trip in December 2017. Our total goals prediction is to go with more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Both Abraham and Sharp are leading the Championship scoring charts with 19 goals but we are fancying the former to open the scoresheet with the home advantage. Despite drawing blank last weekend, Abraham has netted five times in the past five matches and he can be fancied to find the breakthrough with more than 70 % of his attempts on target. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Abraham.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Tammy Abraham at 4.75[/bet_tip_now]
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