Aston Villa welcome Manchester United to Villa Park in the second of four Super Sunday matches.
Victory will send Villa ninth for at least five hours, whereas Man Utd can take a huge step towards sealing second with a win here.
Villa have no fresh injury concerns to report as Jack Grealish remains sidelined with a calf injury.
Morgan Sanson and Trezeguet remain ruled out with knee injuries.
Man Utd remain without Daniel James due to an unspecified injury.
Anthony Martial and Phil Jones remain absent with knee injuries and won’t be risked until fully match fit, even if means sitting the remainder of this season out.
- Aston Villa are winless in their last 16 league meetings against Manchester United (D4, L12).
- Man Utd are unbeaten in their last 21 league trips to Villa Park (W14 D7).
- No English striker has won more aerial battles in Premier League this season than Villa’s Ollie Watkins, who has won 129 aerial battles in 33 league appearances.
- Just three of Bruno Fernandes’ 104 shots for Man Utd this season have hit the woodwork.
- Villa won their previous home game refereed by Chris Kavanagh this season, defeating Arsenal in early February.
Villa come into this game off a strong win at Everton because although the Toffees made life tough for the Villains, Dean Smith’s men got stuck in and their attacking persistence eventually paid dividends after numerous wasted opportunities.
Man Utd meanwhile were made to scrap to a 3-2 defeat at AS Roma on Thursday night in the first of four games in eight days, so I do expect to see squad rotation here but they cannot afford to lift the gas too much despite looking set for second.
I however can see Villa really taking the game to Utd if they can get on the front foot and play like they did last weekend, despite their poor record in this fixture which I feel will come to a surprise halt if they can take their chances clinically.
Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Manchester United