Sheffield United VS Aston Villa

Soccer League 01:00 PM ET

Monday

06/17/2020

NBCSports.com, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (US)

Spread: +0.5 (+125); -0.5 (-145)

Over/Under: +100; -120

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English Premier League action comes back after a three-month break following the coronavirus pandemic with Aston Villa and Sheffield United serving as the curtain-raiser for the league’s action-packed homestretch. Aston Villa kick off their quest to move out of relegation danger as they encounter seventh-running Sheffield United in a game on June 17 at the Villa Park. The Dean Smith-managed XI hope to end their four-game losing skid against the Blades, who have yet to lose in four outings. Sheffield, on the other hand, seek more victories to gain enough points to qualify for the UEFA Europa League or if possible, the UEFA Champions League.

Underdogs Aston Villa (7-4-17 win-draw-loss, 25 points) begin their march towards retention and a surprise victory against Sheffield is a perfect motivation for The Lions, who have allowed 11 goals during the four-game losing skid. In their previous encounter against Leicester City, Aston Villa were outpossessed as they only manage to hold the ball for 35% of the 90-minute match. Worse, their defense proved to be too soft for Leicester, allowing four goals and seven shots on goal to take the loss. For Villa to keep retention hopes alive, they must keep Sheffield at bay by keeping longer possessions and showing stronger resolve on defense. With seven goals and six assists, Jack Grealish is expected to lead Aston Villa’s charge towards retention. Smith is expected to start Pepe Reina as goalkeeper despite his horrible performances in the last four games. In his six starts, Reina has registered 23 saves but allowed 13 goals (11 of them recorded over the past four outings). There is a possibility that Smith may get Tom Heaton back between the pipes for Villa. Heaton has four clean sheets in 20 outings and saved 68 shots. In the last 10 games, Aston Villa are 4-6 (win-loss) against the spread, including 2-2 at home. The Lions have an impressive over/under mark of 7-3, with a 3-1 O/U mark.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United Predictions 6/17/2020

On the other hand, favorites Sheffield United (11-10-7, 43 points) are looking to secure a spot in the Champions League as they are five points behind fourth-running Chelsea. The Blades seek to outperform Aston Villa and earn the full three points and move ahead of Manchester United at fifth spot and reduce Chelsea’s advantage to two points. The past four games have been close for Sheffield United but they were able to carve out heart-pounding victories in three of those matches. In their previous game against last-place Norwich City, a first-half header from Billy Sharp was the back-breaker for The Canaries, who dominated most of the possession and had more shots on goal. Scoring has been well distributed for Sheffield with four of their players scoring at least four goals. John Fleck and Lys Mousset lead the team in goals scored with five each with John Lundstram and Oliver McBurnie (four apiece) close behind. Dean Henderson hopes to continue his goalkeeping exploits as he is expected to start for Sheffield United. Henderson has registered 10 clean sheets and 70 saves in 27 starts this season for the Blades. In the last 10 games, Sheffield has recorded a 5-3-2 mark against the spread, which includes a 2-1-1 mark in ATS Away. Over/under, however, has been not so kind for the Blades as they are 1-8-1. They have not won in O/U Away over the last four games.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United. Aston Villa hold a +0.5 spread while Sheffield United are pegged at -0.5. The total for the match is 2.5. Villa lead Sheffield in their five head-to-head encounters, with a 3-1-1 mark. The predicted score for the match is 1-2.

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Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

English Premier League

Time: 1:00 PM ET

Location: Villa Park

Date: Wednesday 06/17/2020

TV: NBCSports.com, NBCSN, NBC Sports App, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (US)

Spread: +0.5 (+125); -0.5 (-145)

Over/Under: +100; -120

Total: 2.5

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