1st of January, Man United vs Aston Villa special
I’m having a flutter on the stand out Premier League game today, just a bit of fun seen as I’ll be watching the game. Keep stakes sensible, after all the bet is 20/1 it’s not a banker. You should be placing this for a bit of excitement to go along with the match, hence why I’m on with a fiver.
I’ve done a short write up behind each selection too, just to give you a bit of insight in to why I’ve gone for each element of the bet.
Pretty self explanatory this one, but Bruno Fernandes is the absolute heartbeat of this United side. He’s been a revelation since joining from Sporting Lisbon and everything good goes through him.
He gets in to goal scoring positions int he box but also isn’t afraid to take on shots from distance when dropping deeper. He’s scored 10 goals in 15 league appearances and registers the highest number of shots per game in the whole United squad.
His average of 3.1 puts him 5th in the entire league for number of shots per game. Of course he’s also the number one penalty taker and an option for free kicks too, particularly from closer range where Rashford’s technique isn’t as useful.
Shouldn’t be too much of an issue this, definitely the ‘safest’ aspect of the bet.
Wanted a bit more value with one of the selections and it’s tough to find sometimes in shots on target. There’s obvious options like Grealish and Watkins but I’m going with the tenacious Scotsman for this one.
McGinn is known for his long distance shooting, he came agonisingly close to scoring a wonder goal against Chelsea, something that we’ve seen him do on numerous occasions in a Villa shirt.
With United defending with two sitting midfielders, it could be difficult for their front 3 to get in to the game as much as they want to. With that comes an opportunity for McGinn, if Grealish etc are under more intense scrutiny from the United back line I can see McGinn creeping in to some dangerous areas. He tends to get off at least one decent effort per game and of him and Luiz he’s definitely the one who’d me more inclined to foray forward.
I rate Douglas Luiz highly as a player, as does Dean Smith with the Brazilian playing all but one game for the Villain’s this season and that was a result of his suspension for being sent off against Wolves.
Although he possesses great quality that red card is an example of his downside, he’s rash and sometimes overly aggressive in his attempts to win the ball back at a high tempo.
That red card was coming too, Luiz was sent off for two bookable offences meaning he actually received 4 yellow cards in a 5 game spell after being booked in both games whilst away on International duty.
He’s Villa’s most carded player and averages 1.5 fouls per game. Only Jack Grealish and Trezeguet have higher numbers in the Villa squad. Luiz will have to track the likes of Fernandes, Martial and Rashford tonight as well as battling with the United midfield. He’ll be in the thick of it and for me he looks the best selection to pick up a booking.