Ronaldo.com previews the FA Cup match between Manchester United and Aston Villa and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his FA Cup return on Monday as Manchester United and Aston Villa lock horns in a third-round tie.
Ronaldo famously won the FA Cup at the first time of asking in his debut season at Old Trafford in 2004, scoring a decisive header in the final to help Manchester United defeat Millwall 3-0.
His quest to lead the Red Devils to a 12th title starts on Monday against a Villa side that has improved under new manager Steven Gerrard.
Stats and facts for Manchester United and Aston Villa in FA Cup.
- Manchester United has won the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Manchester United has won in the last 10 of 11 matches at home;
- Manchester United scored the last 23 matches in a row at home;
- Manchester United scored in the last 18 of 20 matches.
- Aston Villa has lost the last 6 matches in a row;
- Aston Villa did not win the last 6 matches in a row when playing away;
- Aston Villa has lost in the last 6 of 7 matches;
- Aston Villa has lost in the last 5 of 6 matches when playing away.
Current form — Man United vs Aston Villa
The Red Devils look out of sorts
Results have been pretty much up and down lately for Manchester United. In their last 3 matches, they first drew 1-1 at Newcastle. A 3-1 win over Burnley followed, before Wolves handed them a 1-0 defeat last time out.
The Villans hope for quick turnaround
The Villans go into this encounter hoping to turn a page, as performances in recent matches have been pretty scrappy. In their last 3 matches, they began with a 2-0 win at Norwich City. Back-to-back defeats followed in a 3-1 loss to Chelsea, and then a 2-1 defeat at Brentford.
How do the bookies view it?
With home advantage on their side, Manchester United are the odds-on favorites. The prices for a home win are fairly priced, with Betfair offering 1.70 for the Red Devils to progress into the fourth round. A draw pays out at a tempting 4.15 with Mr. Green, which has also priced an away win at 6.50.
Man United vs Aston Villa — fixture history
The last match between these teams was in the Premier League last September and saw Aston Villa claim a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Manchester United enter the match against Aston Villa with a 4-0-0 record in their previous 4 encounters in the FA Cup. This amounts to a 100% winning ratio for the hosts, with the away side victorious in 0% of the last 4 encounters.
Primary goal getter
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the Manchester United players, who is expected to score on a regular basis. His current tally for the past few matches reads 4 goals.
The Portuguese icon’s overall stats in the FA Cup read 13 goals and nine assists in 26 games.
As for Aston Villa, the visitors could turn to Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings to cause an upset at the Theatre of Dreams.