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Aston Villa vs Manchester United

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium: Villa Park

Date: 11th Febuary 2024

Kick-off time – 16:30 GMT

Manchester United will travel to Villa Park this Sunday to face Aston Villa in Round 24 of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

After a whirlwind 2023 that saw Unai Emery’s side sit just behind Manchester City as the team with the most points in the year with 85 points from 42 league games, Villa have started 2024 poorly. The hosts have won just one league game this year (D1, L1), leaving them now trailing league leaders Liverpool by five points. They are in danger of missing out on the top four unless they rectify their recent form which has seen them win just once in their last five games (D2, L2).

The most frustrating thing over those five games was they lost their incredible home record. The hosts were cruising at home earlier this season, winning a club-record 15 games on the bounce at their famous home ground. But since they beat Arsenal here 1-0, they have failed to win in three home games (D1, L2), with the most recent being a 3-1 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup.

So the visit from United will not only be a quest to return to winning ways in the league, but a quest to make Villa Park a fortress again. Taking maximum points here will preserve their place in the top four, crucially putting them eleven points ahead of United and helping them end a three-game losing run against the Red Devils.

Erik ten Hag’s men have enjoyed their recent games against Aston Villa, with their 3-2 win over Emery’s men in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day one of the key turning points in United’s season. Since that comeback win in December, the visitors have lost just once, winning four of their last six games (D1), including the last three where they scored 3+ goals. The last in that series was a professional 3-0 win over West Ham.

So a trip to Villa Park should not scare them as they attempt to move up the league table and qualify for a place in Europe next season.

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Premier League Fixtures:

February 23, 2024
Chelsea 01:00 Tottenham Hotspur
February 24, 2024
Manchester United 16:00 Fulham
Aston Villa 16:00 Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace 16:00 Burnley
Brighton & Hov… 16:00 Everton
AFC Bournemouth 18:30 Manchester City
Arsenal 21:00 Newcastle United
February 25, 2024
Wolverhampton Wanderers 14:30 Sheffield United
February 26, 2024
West Ham United 21:00 Brentford
March 2, 2024
Brentford 16:00 Chelsea
Everton 16:00 West Ham United
Fulham 16:00 Brighton & Hov…
Newcastle United 16:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest 16:00 Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur 16:00 Crystal Palace
Luton Town 18:30 Aston Villa
March 3, 2024
Burnley 14:00 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester City 16:30 Manchester United
March 4, 2024
Sheffield United 21:00 Arsenal

Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Liverpool 26 18 6 2 63 25 +38 60
2 Manchester City 25 17 5 3 58 26 +32 56
3 Arsenal 25 17 4 4 58 22 +36 55
4 Aston Villa 25 15 4 6 52 33 +19 49
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 5 6 52 38 +14 47
6 Manchester United 25 14 2 9 35 34 +1 44
7 Brighton & Hov… 25 10 8 7 48 40 +8 38
8 Newcastle United 25 11 4 10 53 41 +12 37
9 West Ham United 25 10 6 9 36 44 -8 36
10 Chelsea 25 10 5 10 42 41 +1 35
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 25 10 5 10 39 40 -1 35
12 Fulham 25 8 5 12 34 41 -7 29
13 AFC Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 33 46 -13 28
14 Brentford 25 7 4 14 35 44 -9 25
15 Crystal Palace 25 6 7 12 28 44 -16 25
16 Nottingham Forest 25 6 6 13 32 44 -12 24
17 Everton 25 8 6 11 27 33 -6 20
18 Luton Town 25 5 5 15 35 51 -16 20
19 Burnley 25 3 4 18 25 55 -30 13
20 Sheffield United 25 3 4 18 22 65 -43 13

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