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No more than three goals expected when Man Utd meet Villa

| 15.04.2012

Aston Villa haven’t won in their last four games and unsurprisingly go into their match up with Man United as 11/1 against to claim a victory at Old Trafford.

However, this fixture has struggled to produce goals on a regular basis and it looks good value at 4/7 for there to be less than 3.5 goals in this match-up.

Ten of the last 16 meetings between these two sides have ended with a scoreline reflecting less than and equal to three goals, making the above odds look very inviting.

It also bodes well for the punter envisioning a low-scoring contest, that the champions have been involved in games containing three or fewer goals in five of their last six Premier League ties.

The Red Devils’ last three games has seen them come up against relegation-threatened opposition, and in all those fixtures Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have played out results that have seen two or less strikes hit the back of the net, including the shock 1-0 defeat last time out at Wigan.

The Villans themselves have been involved in games with three of fewer goals on eight of the last nine occasions, which when added to United’s recent record and the history between the two sides points to it being almost guaranteed that this game will feature three or less strikes.

The Midlands club have also drawn four of their last seven, as well as finishing three of their last four away matches on level terms and are a massive 5/1 to record a third successive stalemate.

Villa have recorded a 1-1 scoreline in their previous two fixtures and with all signs pointing to three of fewer goals the 1-1 result looks a most attractive option at 12/1 if the game is to end all square.



Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.