Villa’s Man Utd hex among our 3 Premier League talking points

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1) Is Tim Sherwood good enough to break Man Utd’s Villa hoodoo?

As two ever-presents in the Premier League, Manchester United and Aston Villa have met enough times to fulfil an entire top-flight season and then some.

In their last 38 meetings, Aston Villa have won just once and the 31 wins the Red Devils have claimed against the Villans in the division is a competition record.

There would normally be little for the travelling Midlands support to look forward to in a game where their side are 9/1 for victory, but this time they have Sherwood in charge.

The last time the confident Londoner visited Old Trafford as a manager he left as a 2-1 winner with Tottenham. Should he perform miracles this time around it may be a feat big enough to displace his famous “win ratio” diatribe.

2) Can history help Everton’s hunt for a third straight win?

As Toffees players return to Goodison Park after the international break, they will be lifted by the two consecutive wins they gained prior to their departure.

A third victory on the spin would creep the club closer to a top-half finish and mask what has been a disappointing campaign.

History will only boost their confidence further, as the club’s record Premier League win came against this week’s opponents, Southampton.

Along with that 7-1 win in 1996, the south-coast club have not won in nine top-flight trips to Goodison and claimed victory just once in 15 away battles overall.

Roberto Martinez’s side are 8/5 to triumph.

3) Hull must prepare for season-shaping giant killing with Swansea scalp

The Tigers dangle ominously above the drop zone by just three points ahead of their trip to south Wales.

If they are to avoid relegation, at odds of 2/11, then they will have to do something that they haven’t done all season: beat a team from the top half.

With six of their remaining games coming against top-eight opposition, victory over Swansea is a must if they are to go into battles against Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool under less pressure.

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