Manchester United will look to extend their unbeaten run to six matches when they travel to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.
The two teams are separated by eight points and two places in the league table, and we expect a competitive encounter, with both teams chasing a top-four spot this season.
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football in the UK.
The game will be played at Villa Park with a kick-off time of 16:30 GMT on Sunday 11th February 2024.
Aston Villa will look to get themselves back on track when they return to action on Sunday.
Unai Emery's side will go in search of only their second win in six matches, and they will need to be at their best to beat an improving United outfit.
Villa were dumped out of the FA Cup in midweek, losing 3-1 to Chelsea, while Erik ten Hag's side come into the game on the back of a 3-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League.
While Villa are still sitting pretty in fourth, they have lost their last two at home, conceding six goals in the process. Emery's men have now conceded nine in four games at home, and that is good news for a United side who have got back into their groove.
While they were helped by two generous FA Cup ties, United are now unbeaten in five, and they racked up 15 goals during that time.
They also beat Villa 3-2 in the first meeting between the two sides, and this should be another high-scoring affair.
Emery and his team have once again looked to striker Watkins to guide them to glory, and the former Brentford man has scored 11 goals in 23 Premier League appearances.
The England international was on the scoresheet in their previous league win, as they thumped Sheffield United 5-0 at Bramall Lane. Watkins scored Villa's second goal and also picked up two assists on the night.
Watkins has now equalled his goal-contribution tally from last season, and he now has 11 goals and 10 assists. If anyone will cause United problems, it is Watkins.
Over 5.5 cards in the match @ 1/1
Sunday's match will feature two teams who have collected their fair share of yellow cards this season.
Only Chelsea and Sheffield United have picked up more cautions than Villa, with Emery's side collecting 63 yellow cards, while United are eighth in the standings with 54 yellows to their name.
There were four yellow cards dished out during the first clash between the two teams on Boxing Day, and we expect another fierce battle.
With an end-to-end matchup on the cards, both teams may need to concede some cheap fouls.
Earlier this month against Wolves, United won 4-3 at Molineux, but they picked up five yellow cards trying to get the job done, and we expect a similar pattern to form.
Winger Morgan Rogers is available for selection again, having been cup-tied for the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup.
The former Middlesbrough man will look to compete for a starting spot alongside Nicolo Zaniolo and Pau Torres, who have recently returned from injury.
Ezri Konsa will miss the game after suffering a knee injury that should see him miss the next month of action, and he joins Tyrone Mings, Jhon Duran and Emiliano Buendia in the treatment room.
Centre-back Lisandro Martinez suffered a knee injury in the recent win over West Ham, and the Red Devils have already confirmed he will be unavailable for at least the next two months.
Martinez should be replaced in the starting XI by Raphael Varane, while Anthony Martial, Mason Mount, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrell Malacia remain United's long-term injury absentees.
Aston Villa will fancy their chances of finding the back of the net, having scored in every home game since October 2022.
However, they will need to improve their recent performances, having won just one of their previous five in all competitions.
United have won three in a row away from home, but two of those came in the FA Cup against Wigan Athletic and Newport County.
In the Premier League, the Red Devils have won one in five on their travels, but that did come last time out against Wolves.
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