Old Trafford Underdogs Aston Villa Betting Tips


20 years ago to the day, I took a trip to Wembley to see a certain game between Aston Villa and Manchester United. Anybody, who made the trip will know what a great day it was as Villa beat a United team boasting Cantona, Keane and co, 3-1. It was some revenge for United piping Villa to the first Premier League title the season before, but also it was a two-finger salute to the bookies who somewhat insultingly had slapped 4/1 outsider odds on Villa for the cup.

At the time, my mother and baby sister (who was four at the time) lived in Spain. They had the match on TV and with the game finished, my sister was starting to play up. My mother knowing I was at the game, told her “Be quiet, and you’ll see David on TV”. It didn’t take long…

Seconds later, at Wembley, Sky TV were interviewing a bunch of Villa fans about their victory, wearing a massive Villa rosette, I got into frame and shouted at the camera “4/1 for Villa to win was an insult!”

Back in Spain, my sister went quiet with the amazement.

If 4/1 odds for the Villa win was an insult then, then the 13/2 price (with Bet 365 & Paddy Power) offered for a Villa win in for the upcoming clash at Old Trafford is perhaps even more patronizing.

OK, Villa’s track record at Old Trafford is terrible, with only one win in just over 20 years, but this is David Moyes’ United. A team that has lost six games at Old Trafford, the most United have suffered in 12 years.

Also, United will be without Robin van Persie, who was the difference with his hat-trick (all offside!), the last time Villa visited Old Trafford.

Villa’s prowess on the counter attack suits playing the big teams who dominate play – just ask Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal this season – and after United were inept and defensive in the recent Manchester derby, Moyes will be forced to play a more attack-minded game to appease the home faithful. In short, it should play into Villa’s hands.

If the game opens up, then expect goals, which should trigger a bet that proved very successful on Villa’s away travels last season, the over 2.5 goals bet, which stands at 4/5. Last season, it came up trumps in 11 out of the last 12 away games. Which makes it very useful to add to any accumulators you may have planned for the weekend.

For the pessimists out there, you can get the same value of a Villa win for a Man United 2-0 win at 13/2.

With the United backline being less than stable in recent weeks, you might fancy Villa to at least score, so Benteke to score anytime and a United 2-1 win is good value at 25/1.

If you fancy a realistic long shot, Fabian Delph to score the first goal at 40/1 offers great value, considering he’s chipping in with the goals this season. Delph scoring anytime at 16/1 is also decent.

The only question that remains is will you back Villa at 13/2? Considering the form United are in at the moment, it might be rude not to!



  1. Really good chance for at least a draw here but Lamberk has to set us up correctly.

    Tekkers and Gabby as a pair up top. Gabby should isolate Vidic and go at him – he has never been able to handle Gabby’s pace, even when he was at the top of his game!

    Andi in behind/at no. 10 as he was against Liverpool (a) and Norwich. He needs to stop Carrick pulling their strings.

    I would probably pull Bacuna into the right of the three CM’ers with Lowton coming in at RB but Bacuna did such a good job against Hazard a few weeks ago (I know he did an equally poor job against Arnautovic who is a bit more physical) that I might be tempted to leave him there against Januzaj. Which means that either Lowton or Sylla comes in to replace KEA.

    Four at the back please as per normal with Vlaar pulling Baker and his full backs back to their best.

    Lets start with intensity and get at them – as we did against Liverpool – and keep that going (not drop off as we did against Everton).

    Lets hope for another good result at the re-named “0-3 stadium”.

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