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Premier League: Mark Lawrenson makes prediction for Aston Villa V Manchester United

Manchester United v Aston Villa

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Manchester United are preparing to face Aston Villa in an away Premier League game on Thursday, July 9.

Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson has made his prediction.

“Villa were unlucky to end up empty-handed at Anfield on Sunday. They were well organised at the back and tried to get men forward on the break when they could, just without creating many chances,” said Lawrenson.

“It could quite easily have stayed at 0-0 though, and that game was the perfect example of where the bigger club with the better bench was able to make substitutions to win the game.

“Liverpool could do that because, since football restarted amid the coronavirus pandemic, teams are allowed to use five subs now, instead of three.

“I don’t think there was any need to make a change to the laws of the game there whatsoever, and what it does is give all the top teams with more depth in their squad an extra chance to make that quality count.

“It is a factor in why the bottom four have picked up so few points since the restart, and it is another problem for Villa in this game too.

“United have got so many options up front, and if things aren’t working for them they can just bring someone else on instead.”

Mark Lawrenson’s score prediction: 0-2

source – BBC

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