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It’s fair to say that Aston Villa are having an underwhelming season, and even if Paul Lambert is a substantial improvement on Alex McLeish he hasn’t totally won over his team’s fans yet.
A defeat of Manchester United would of course help matters, but conquering a side with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie et al is easier said than done.
Venue Villa Park, Saturday 5.30pm
Last season Aston Villa 0 Man Utd 1
Referee Kevin Friend
This season’s matches 5 Y19, R1, 4.00 cards per game
Odds Aston Villa 5-1 Man Utd 4-7 Draw 3-1
CaughtOffside predicted line-ups:
Subs from Given, Hutton, Albrighton, Holman, Westwood, Bowery, Weimann, Stevens, Herd, Baker, Burke, Williams
Doubtful Baker (ankle), Bennett (knee), Herd (knee)
Injured Dunne (groin, 17 Nov), Gardner (knee, May), Bent (ankle, unknown), N’Zogbia (knee, unknown), Petrov (leukaemia, unknown)
Suspended Lichaj (one match)
Form guide WDLLDL
Disciplinary record Y23 R2
Leading scorers Bent, Benteke 2
Subs from Johnstone, Lindegaard, Giggs, Anderson, Smalling, Welbeck, Henríquez, Cleverley, Fletcher, Powell, Hernández, Buttner, Macheda, Bébé
Doubtful Evans (groin)
Injured Nani (hamstring, 17 Nov), Jones (knee, 24 Nov), Kagawa (knee, 28 Nov), Vidic (knee, 15 Dec)
Form guide WWWWLW
Disciplinary record Y18 R0
Leading scorer Van Persie 8
Aston Villa’s only win in their last 31 league games against Manchester United came courtesy of Gabby Agbonlahor’s goal at Old Trafford in December 2009.
In all competitions, United have lost just one of their last 33 meetings with Villa (W23, D9, L1) since a 3-0 League Cup away defeat in October 1999.
United’s last Premier League defeat at Villa Park came on the opening day of the 1995-96 season. They are unbeaten in 16 subsequent visits (W10, D6).
They won only their second league match in 20 attempts at Sunderland last weekend. Villa have picked up just 24 points from their 29 games in 2012.
Gabby Agbonlahor’s winner in that match was his first league goal in 29 appearances spanning a year.
The club has not won back-to-back Premier League matches since the final two games of the 2010-11 season (against Arsenal and Liverpool).
Only Sunderland and QPR have scored fewer than Villa’s eight goals.
The Red Devils have won their last 23 Premier League matches after scoring the opening goal.
They have missed the most penalties in the Premier League this season (three). Wayne Rooney has now missed seven out of the 20 penalties he has taken in the Premier League.
Robin van Persie has scored eight goals and registered three assists in 10 Premier League appearances for the club. He has also scored 56 goals in his last 65 league games.
CaughtOffside prediction: 1-4. Manchester United to demonstrate their considerable superiority.