The latest Aston Villa v Man Utd odds released suggest Manchester United are 5/6 favourites to defeat Aston Villa in Birmingham as David Moyes looks to get the defending champions back into the title picture.
Defending champions Manchester United have been extremely disappointing this season but David Moyes will hope that his side will be able to get their title ambitions back on track with a win against Aston Villa.
Having already lost 5 games this season, United find themselves down in ninth in the table although a victory will see them climb back up to eighth with the Christmas fixtures just on the horizon.
The big news for Manchester United before their trip down to The Midlands is that Robin Van Persie will miss the rest of 2013 with a thigh injury meaning that Wayne Rooney will once again be the main attacking outlet for the visitors.
Meanwhile, Moyes will also be forced to rethink his midfield plans as both Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are injured after picking up back and Achilles injuries during the past week.
Despite the injury setbacks, David Moyes can take comfort in the fact that United have failed to lose at Villa Park since 1995 and that Wayne Rooney has scored 4 braces in 10 games against Villa in the Premier League.
However, Aston Villa will know that records can be ended especially when The Villans are just two places below United in the table in eleventh with just three points separating both teams.
Villa boss Paul Lambert will need to have a close look at his defence before the tie as skipper Ron Vlaar and left back Antonio Luna face late fitness tests to see whether they can participate after suffering from muscle strains over the past week or so.
On top of that, Libor Kozak will also need to be assessed following a toe injury meanwhile midfielder Fabian Delph is out through suspension after picking up 5 yellow cards.
Although Villa has a poor record at home to United, The Villans could change that should they score first with Paul Lambert’s side failing to lose a game this season after getting the first goal.
With United having been so inconsistent in the league this season, Aston Villa will certainly be keen to get something from the game even if Wayne Rooney and company have other ideas.