Competition: EFL Cup
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 4/5 @ 888sport
Meeting for the second time in the space of a few days, Manchester United will welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford for an EFL Cup showdown on Thursday night.
Starting with the hosts, crashing back down to earth with a downbeat display away at Villa Park last weekend, there is no doubt that Manchester United will be seeking an immediate response here. Eventually slumping to a 3-1 loss against Thursday’s opponents, that result brought an end to Erik ten Hag’s nine-match unbeaten run across all formats. However, booking their spot in the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League, the Red Devils will be glad to make a return to home soil in midweek. Last seen in front of their own supporters claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win against a struggling West Ham, United have lost just a single domestic showdown at Old Trafford since February 4th. With that run underlined by a 2-0 victory against Tottenham last month, ten Hag’s side will be desperate to lay down an EFL Cup marker on Thursday.
As for the visitors, opening Unai Emery’s tenure with an eye-catching display on home soil last weekend, Aston Villa will be looking to spring another upset here. More than deserving of their 3-1 victory against the former Premier League champions last week, the former Arsenal boss couldn’t have wished for a better start to life at Villa Park. Picking up just a second domestic win from their previous seven domestic contests, Thursday’s guests will now be hoping to find some stability on the road. Last seen on their travels getting hit with a 4-0 drumming at the hands of Newcastle, Villa are yet to pick up a top-flight away victory since opening the 2022/23 campaign. However, it should be highlighted, with the two sides playing out a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford when they last faced off on July 23rd, we’re backing what could be another enjoyable affair.
Bet: Both teams to score at Manchester United vs Aston Villa 4/5 for Thursday’s EFL Cup showdown @ 888sport