ANYONE who watched Man United on Saturday will recoil at the prospect of backing them at a best 7-10 with Ladbrokes and William Hill to win tonight.
Louis van Gaal’s side stunk out Old Trafford like rotting fish and were lucky to beat a struggling Spurs outfit courtesy of an OG.
Aston Villa on the other hand were better – entertaining and vibrant – as they beat new boys Bournemouth 1-0 away.
It was just the start Tim Sherwood needed after losing Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar.
Rudy Gestede netted on his debut and looks a brilliant buy while Micah Richards dominated the defence and Jordan Ayew alos caused problems at the other end.
Van Gaal has spent a fortune this summer but it’s clear it will take time for his team to gel and Wayne Rooney looked isolated up front. So United to win – maybe. But not at those odds. So where does the value lie?
Villa are a best 5-1 at McBookie and BetVictor and while they often turn it on against the big boys at home I’m wary of backing them.
However, you can have Villa not to lose at 23-17 with 888sport or Villa draw no bet at 7-2 with 888sport.
It was 1-1 when the sides met at Villa Park last season and that’s the kind of scoreline I can see again.
Under 2.5 goals pays 3-4 at McBookie but I’d rather go with both teams to score at 11-10 with McBookie as United will again be without keeper David de Gea who increasingly looks set to win the move to Real Madrid he wants.
If Gestede starts consider him at 4-1 with boylesports to net as his aerial power is immense as he showed at Blackburn last season and Bournemouth last week.
For United it could be a midfielder who steals Rooney’s thunder and I’d consider Memphis Depay at 11-2 with McBookie.
Villa draw no bet
Both teams to score
(11-10, McBookie, BetVictor)