Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd Tips: Sharp-shooter Billy set to bag again?

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Sheffield United have the Championship’s best home record. But tonight’s trip to Aston Villa is an ideal time for Chris Wilder’s side to hit those same heights on the road.

The Villans have struggled without injured talisman Jack Grealish, winning just two of their last 10 games in all competitions.

Can Dean Smith’s men delight the home crowd and keep their play-off hopes alive. Or will the Blades cut them down?

Match Odds

The Yorkshire giants are a whisker ahead in the betting. They’re 31/20 for victory, while 13/8 says Villa bag the points. As for the Draw, that’s out at 12/5.

Here’s a stat – 70% of Villa’s games this season have seen Both Teams to Score come in. That’s the second-highest in the league. And another round of BTTS is 4/7.

United are a high-scoring outfit themselves, netting 50 times already this term. A Blades Win and Over 2.5 Goals is 15/4. Meanwhile, a third 3-2 win of the season for Wilder’s men could send backers wild at 22/1.

Talking Tactics

Villa have tended to play an attack-minded 4-2-3-1 under Dean Smith. Their holding midfield duo here could be combative Aussie Mile Jedinak and the marauding John McGinn.

Up top, it’s all about Tammy Abraham. He’s the league’s joint-top marksman with 19.

While the Blades are hard to stop, they’re easy to predict.

They’ve played 3-5-2 week in, week out. It’s set to be the canny duo of Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick up front. The pair have 30 league goals between them this term already.

Further back, their defence is as consistent as it comes. Jack O’Connell hasn’t missed a minute at centre-back.

Goalscorer Odds

Ahead of kick-off, Abraham leads the way in the Anytime Scorer market at 6/5.

He’s level on 19 league goals with United’s evergreen Sharp. The 33-year-old is 7/5 to hit the net, while 5/1 says he notches Two or More for the fifth time this season.

Fancy a long shot? Then Chris Basham might just be your man.

The beanpole defender has netted in three Champ games already this term, and you can get 9/1 on him adding to his tally in B6.

Match Info:

Where: Villa Park, Birmingham

When: 7:45pm

How to watch: Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.