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Sheffield United vs Aston Villa betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Disappointing but maybe not entirely unexpected; Sheffield United are all but guaranteed to drop down to the Championship at the end of the season after they performed above and beyond their capabilities last term. However, expecting them to capitulate for the reason of the 2020-21 season would be ill-founded, and when they play host to Aston Villa at Bramall Lane in midweek, could still angle themselves to play spoiler as Villa are hot on the trail of European football next campaign.
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Sheffield United vs Aston Villa betting tips & odds

This article covers Sheffield United vs Aston Villa betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.

o – Sheffield United 11/4

o – Draw 12/5

o – Aston Villa 21/20

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

 

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa: Match details

Match: Sheffield United vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League

Date: March 3, 2021

Kick-off time: 6:00 pm, March 3, 2021 (UK time)

Stadium: Bramall Lane

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Oliver Burke of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Everton at Bramall Lane on December 26, 2020 in Sheffield, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Visionhaus)

 

Betting prediction: Sheffield United 0-1 Aston Villa

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It is the Premier League’s worst offense against one of the better collective units when Sheffield United square off against Aston Villa at Bramall Lane. After a needed win against West Bromwich Albion, the Blades went right back to where they have been for essentially the entire season with four losses on the bounce. It seems an unfathomable notion that Chris Wilder’s side will end up anywhere other than the Championship next season, and for a side like Aston Villa that is in the hunt for Europe, this is as good a time as any to clash with them. Without the likely absence of Jack Grealish and possibily Ross Barkley, Villa could find difficulty breaking down the Blades but still have enough quality to win the dual outright.

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Result/Both Teams to Score: Aston Villa – No

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In their last six Premier League outings, Sheffield United has failed to score on four occasions. With just fifteen goals to their name this season, Chris Wilder’s attack remains as anemic as ever. Coming up against an Aston Villa outfit that has registered four clean sheets in their last six and has the third-best defensive record in the league does not lend much credence to the notion that the Blades will find many goals here. Villa may struggle in the final third but they should still be able to squeak a goal.

To Score First: Ollie Watkins

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Potentially lining up without Grealish or Barkley, Dean Smith may look to Ollie Watkins to provide the goods even more than he already has this season for Villa. With ten goals to his name this season (top ten in the league) and the inconsistent nature in front of goal of the likes of Anwar El Ghazi and Bertrand Traoré, Watkins’ instincts in the penalty area both during the run of play and on set pieces could be enough to help Villa to a nippy result.

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Sheffield United vs Aston Villa – recent form and head to head statistics

Sheffield United FC vs Aston Villa FC form
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Sheffield United FC vs Arsenal FC - 0:3
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Leeds United vs Sheffield United FC - 2:1
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Chelsea FC vs Sheffield United FC - 2:0
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Leicester City FC vs Sheffield United FC - 5:0
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Sheffield United FC vs Southampton FC - 0:2
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Liverpool FC vs Aston Villa FC - 2:1
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Aston Villa FC vs Fulham FC - 3:1
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Aston Villa FC vs Tottenham Hotspur FC - 0:2
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Newcastle United FC vs Aston Villa FC - 1:1
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Aston Villa FC vs Wolverhampton Wanderers FC - 0:0
Last 5 games for Sheffield United FC
April 11, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Sheffield United FC 0 - 3 Arsenal FC
April 3, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Leeds United 2 - 1 Sheffield United FC
March 21, 2021 FA Cup 20/21 Chelsea FC 2 - 0 Sheffield United FC
March 14, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Leicester City FC 5 - 0 Sheffield United FC
March 6, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Sheffield United FC 0 - 2 Southampton FC
Last 5 games for Aston Villa FC
April 10, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Liverpool FC 2 - 1 Aston Villa FC
April 4, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Aston Villa FC 3 - 1 Fulham FC
March 21, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Aston Villa FC 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur FC
March 12, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Newcastle United FC 1 - 1 Aston Villa FC
March 6, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Aston Villa FC 0 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Sheffield United FC vs Aston Villa FC Premier League 20/21 form
Sheffield United FC Aston Villa FC
31 Matches played 30
4 Matches won 13
246 Goal attempts 382
83 Shots on goal 147
92 Shots off goal 131
140 Corner kicks 167
40% Average ball possession 48%
71 Shots blocked 104
61 Cards given 56
305 Free kicks 500
60 Offsides 60
2 Shots on post 5
4 Shots on bar 7
12 Goals by foot 34
4 Goals by head 7
17 Goals scored 43
55 Goals conceded 33
Sheffield United FC vs Aston Villa FC statistics for most recent head to head matches
Sheffield United FC Aston Villa FC
15 Matches 15
8 Home Matches 7
7 Away Matches 8
20 Total Goals 18
1.33 Average Goals Scored 1.2
5 Wins 6
6 Losses 5
4 Draws 4
Last 5 games & match results between Sheffield United FC and Aston Villa FC
March 3, 2021 Premier League 20/21 Sheffield United FC 1 - 0 Aston Villa FC
September 21, 2020 Premier League 20/21 Aston Villa FC 1 - 0 Sheffield United FC
June 17, 2020 Premier League 19/20 Aston Villa FC 0 - 0 Sheffield United FC
December 14, 2019 Premier League 19/20 Sheffield United FC 2 - 0 Aston Villa FC
February 8, 2019 Championship 18/19 Aston Villa FC 3 - 3 Sheffield United FC


 

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa: Match preview

With relegation a near-absolute certainty for Sheffield United and Chris Wilder, the direction and resources of the club must now be trained on the long-term picture and what is to come. This has been a season to forget for the Blades, which is unfortunate considering their run to the top half of the table last term in a set of circumstances that no one would have predicted in pre-season. But the complete reversal of fortune suffered at Bramall Lane – both in their control and outside of it – is proof-positive that surviving the Premier League long enough to truly establish significant bedrock to build a foundation is incredibly difficult.

Wilder has already remarked about how he feels the club brass should handle the long-term picture of the club beginning almost immediately. Investing in the clubs’ infrastructure is vital, and as mentioned by Wilder, updating the club’s training ground is of significant importance if they are to mold themselves as a more modern football club. This goes hand-in-hand if the Blades’ transfer policy is put under the microscope. With the club focusing on bringing in younger players since its promotion last season the likes of Sander Berge and Rhian Brewster, regarding personnel, Sheffield United has – at the very least – positioned itself to push for long-term development on the pitch.

Building on that fact, the Sheffield-native also discussed the need of the club to keep its better players if they are to return to the Premier League off the back of – hopefully – more investment both on and off the pitch. Having continuity in the first-team is incredibly important, and ironically, the fact that the club has suffered quite a few injury crises’ this term speaks to that fact. To break up the core of the first-team in the wake of relegation would. make Wilder’s job immeasurably more difficult if he is to get the Blades back up into the top-flight as quickly as possible. Beginning with Aston Villa in midweek and for the rest of the season, all that matters for Sheffield United is to push to prioritize the long-term and, thankfully for them, there are examples of clubs in the Premier League right now that are cautionary tales of what happens if the long-term picture is not focused on correctly.

Chris Wilder

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Chris Wilder the head coach / manager of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane on September 28, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

With consistency and a little luck, Aston Villa push forward

The performance was not show-stopping on the scoreboard, but the sentiment in and around the first-team in the wake of Aston Villa’s 1-0 win against Leeds United is as upbeat as ever. For a club, a manager, a squad, and a fanbase that are proud of how united they are both on and off the pitch, that win encapsulates the spirit and determination to dispel myths. Perhaps more than any other, the sentiment that Villa is the Jack Grealish show is one that does not sit well with Smith and company.

Grealish is unquestionably the star-man in Birmingham, and the local lad and youth academy product is the very face of a club that he remains staunchly loyal to despite being – without debate – one of the best players currently gracing the Premier League in an era so often defined by foreign dominance both on the pitch and on the touchline.

But Villa is so much more than Grealish, and that notion should have already been thrown away at the tail-end of last season when the club went on an undefeated run from matchday 35-38, posting a 2-2-0 record, and narrowly escaping relegation during a period where no one gave them a chance. He was their best player last season as well, so often being the catalyst for anything positive in a season that nearly ended in disaster. But the club has done incredibly well to avoid that same script reading, and Smith now has under his command a very solid squad with quite a few danger-men amongst its number.  Against a tricky side like Leeds who – while Jekyll & Hyde they made be – are capable of excellent performances in their own right, a comprehensive three-point haul without the availability of their boy wonder was a feather in Villa’s cap.

With the promised land of European football within touching distance as they sit just five points off Chelsea (5th), the same measure of consistency and luck to avoid serious injury will continue to play a vital role. Aston Villa may have Jack Grealish to thank for being the catalyst for their survival last season, but the credit for their progression this term can be spread across the entirety of the club, and three points against Sheffield United puts them potentially one step closer to realizing something no one would have imagined a year ago.

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)


 

Sheffield United team news vs Aston Villa

Like a handful of other sides in the Premier League at current, Sheffield United is in the midst of their own injury crisis at Bramall Lane.

Chris Wilder is currently without John Egan, Jack O’Connell, Sander Berge, Jack Robinson, Chris Basham, Jack Rodwell, and Jayden Bogle. In other words, the entirety of the Blades’ preferred back three.

Aston Villa team news vs Sheffield United

Dean Smith only has a small handful of fitness concerns heading into midweek. Matty Cash is not yet fit, and Kortney Hause is still unavailable while Wesley is not fully fit after his recovery from a serious injury has begun.

An uncharged XI could be named at Bramall Lane, including Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley, and Douglas Luiz being rested with a date with Wolves on the horizon at the weekend.


 

Predicted Sheffield United line-up vs Aston Villa

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Sheffield United

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa betting tips FAQs

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18:00, Wednesday 03 March 2021
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Sheffield United 0-1 Aston Villa
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Sheff Utd 11/4, Draw 12/5, Aston Villa 21/20