Aston Villa have a significant opportunity to ascend to the top of the Premier League table in their upcoming match against Sheffield United at Villa Park on Friday with an 8pm kick-off.
As of now, Unai Emery’s side holds the third position in the league, trailing the leaders, Arsenal, by just one point. Playing before their title rivals, a triumph over the struggling Sheffield United could potentially place Aston Villa in a position where their competitors would need to play catch up. The outcome of this match could have a substantial impact on the league standings and the title race.
Aston Villa’s obstacle on their path to the top is Sheffield United, currently positioned at the bottom of the table. This match marks Chris Wilder’s fourth since his return as the club’s manager, with two losses and one victory in his three games so far.
Pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his predictions for the Friday night clash, favouring Aston Villa to secure all three points.
However, the Liverpool legend has issued a warning to the club, cautioning them about the pressure that accompanies their current position in the league standings. The outcome of the match will be closely watched as both teams aim to achieve their respective objectives.
“They’ve just got to keep pushing on, but it’s a real test for them now because everyone’s suddenly realised that they’ve got a chance of maybe, maybe, finishing in the top four and that’s when the pressure hits,” he told Paddy Power.
Could the pressure be too much for them and Sheffield United cause a huge upset at Villa Park on Friday?