Aston Villa have been problematic for some of the bigger sides under the reign of Paul Lambert and played out some close games against the high flyers - but the face an in-form Manchester United side that has won six consecutive games.
To be played on Saturday 20th December 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Odds: Aston Villa 21/4, Draw 31/10, Man Utd 4/6
Manchester United will arrive at Villa Park full of confidence. Not only is their record against this weekend's opponents a good one, but a win would make it seven consecutive triumphs for Louis van Gaal's side.
No side has scored fewer than Villa's 10 goals in the Premier League this season, but United's defence remains fragile, and they will get their chances in this encounter. The home side could climb into the top half of the table with a win.
They have their fair share of suspensions with Tom Cleverley, Kieran Richardson and Alan Hutton, but Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar are likely to be available for the home side.
What will be difficult for them is keeping them out with Robin Van Persie in impressive form for the visitors as they look to build some momentum which could get them amongst Chelsea and Manchester City in the title race.
They could also be boosted by the return of Angel Di Maria from a hamstring injury.
“It's a big event against Man Utd but you don't want to just make up the numbers. You're there to win a game. That's what we will try and do.”
“They haven’t lost so much. They draw, they win, and when they lose it’s always by a one-goal difference. It shall be very difficult.”
Louis Van Gaal
Ashley Westwood ★★★ out knee ligament
Joe Cole ★★★ out hamstring
Philippe Senderos ★★★ out calf
Nathan Baker ★★★ out knee
Libor Kozák ★★★ out broken leg
Marcos Rojo ★ probable thigh
Chris Smalling ★★★ out groin
Ángel Di María ★ probable hamstring
Luke Shaw ★★★ out ankle
Daley Blind ★★★ out knee ligament
Marouane Fellaini ★★★ out illness
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