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With both sides struggling to produce their best form, our tipster is not anticipating many goals when Paul Lambert's side travel to take on David Moyes' men at Old Trafford

Manchester United’s miserable season continued when they slumped to a 3-0 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester City in midweek and the Red Devils will be eager to bounce back when they welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

David Moyes’ men are warm favourites to prevail this weekend, with bet365 offering just 4/9 (1.44) for a home win here.

Villa suffered a setback of their own last weekend when they crashed to a 4-1 reverse at the hands of Stoke City at Villa Park and Paul Lambert’s men are available at a chunky 13/2 (7.50) with bet365 to claim all three points this weekend. The draw is priced up at 16/5 (4.20) with the same firm.

Nerves are sure to play a part this weekend, with United having lost six Premier League matches on home soil already this term, while the Villans have won just one of their last seven league matches away from Villa Park.

United need to rediscover their scoring touch, having managed just 18 league goals at Old Trafford thus far this term – fewer home goals than any other side in the top half of the Premier League table – and the Red Devils may need to be patient again this weekend.

Villa have leaked just 16 goals on the road – the best defensive record away from home of any side in the bottom half of the table – and Paul Lambert’s men will know that if they can frustrate United, the home crowd may well grow restless.

With that in mind, the 21/20 (2.05) quote on offer from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored here represents excellent value for punters while the same firm offer a juicy 9/4 (3.25) that the first half remains goalless.

With United’s nerves likely to be jangling, Lambert’s men are capable of keeping things tight this weekend and the generous 21/20 (2.05) quote on offer from bet365 for fewer than three goals to be scored is the recommended play for punters here.

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