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  1. Lawro's predictions: Man Utd v Aston Villa, published at17:31 24 September

    Mark Lawrenson takes on legendary drum and bass DJ and producer Friction for the latest round of Premier League predictions.

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    Lawro's prediction: 2-0

    Manchester United are still not quite right for me. They are going to win a load of games this season, but there will be times where they unexpectedly come unstuck.

    The big question for me is can United win without playing well? I know they won at West Ham last week, but they got away with that one really because of the penalty save at the end. Then they changed their whole team when they lost to the same opposition in the Carabao Cup in midweek, but so did the Hammers.

    Aston Villa beat Everton comfortably last time out and, before that, they showed against Chelsea how they can make life difficult for the top sides. United should still win this one, but it might not be straightforward.

    Friction's prediction: Villa made some good signings over the summer but I think Bruno Fernandes is going to be on form for United, and Cristiano Ronaldo is going to enjoy himself too. 2-1

    Find out how Lawro and Friction think the rest of this week's fixtures will go

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  2. Team news: Man Utd v Aston Villa, published at16:15 24 September

    Edinson Cavani and John McGinn

    Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani has overcome a muscle strain and returns to the squad.

    Amad and Marcus Rashford also remain unavailable because of injuries.

    Aston Villa defender Axel Tuanzebe is ineligible to face his parent club, so Kortney Hause will start if boss Dean Smith persists with a back three.

    John McGinn has overcome concussion but Leon Bailey is out until mid-October with a thigh strain and Morgan Sanson will be sidelined for a month.

    The midfielder, who made a first appearance since April against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, suffered a hamstring injury during that tie.

    Who makes your United team this weekend?

    Pick and share your Villa XI

  3. Villa unlikely to be cowed by reputation, published at15:46 24 September

    Mike Taylor, BBC Radio WM

    The past three games have underlined both how difficult it will be for Aston Villa to keep pushing up the Premier League and continue the forward momentum of last season - but also how much potential there is, especially in the younger players, at the club to help them achieve it.

    Perhaps the 3-0 margin of victory over Everton last weekend was a little generous, just as the previous 3-0 defeat at Chelsea had been a harsh verdict, but that result gave more evidence that Villa have invested well again, and can score goals when chances arise.

    The side that plays at Manchester United will probably be rather different to the Carabao Cup team at Chelsea, but Emi Buendia showed that he’s ready to go again, and Villa’s squad depth was demonstrated to good effect.

    They may need all of that against United - and you know who, of course - but this Villa side stand on ceremony for nobody, and are unlikely to be cowed by reputation.

  4. Smith on Tuanzebe, youth & belief, published at11:34 24 September

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith used his Friday news conference to praise Axel Tuanzebe, stating the on-loan Manchester United defender is "a future captain for whichever club he’s at".

    Tuanzebe is ineligible to face his parent club when Villa visit Old Trafford on Saturday but Smith praised his form, adding: “He’s a fantastic player, that’s why we wanted him. On top of that, he’s got an unbelievable attitude and application to the game."

    Smith also told reporters:

    • Academy players Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Carney Chukwuemeka and Cameron Archer - who all featured in Villa's EFL Cup shootout defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday - are all "players who are capable of playing at Premier League level;"

    • Villa have "a lot of confidence and belief in the group" after last weekend's home win over Everton;

    • Villa will go "toe-to-toe" with Manchester United, who Smith believes will be "pushing to challenge the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea" this season.

    You can read more on what Smith had to say and catch up on all the comments from the Premier League's managers in our live page

  5. Aston Villa 3-0 Everton: Fantasy football top performers, published at11:33 24 September

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    Aston Villa ended Everton's unbeaten run in a 3-0 win at Villa Park in the fifth round of Premier League fixtures - but who were the top fantasy football performers from the match?

    Unsurprisingly, the bonus points went to Villa players:

    • Matty Cash (3)

    • Emi Martinez (2)

    • Leon Bailey (1)

    So which Aston Villa and Everton players - if any - should be making it into your team for gameweek six?

    Read Alistair Bruce-Ball's fantasy football tips to find out

    And listen to the Fantasy 606 podcast on BBC Sounds

  6. Weekend fixtures at a glance, published at11:27 24 September

    Premier League fixtures: Chelsea v Man City (Sat, 12.30 BST), Man Utd v Aston Villa (Sat, 12.30 BST), Everton v Norwich (Sat, 15.00 BST), Leeds v West Ham (Sat, 15.00 BST), Leicester v Burnley (Sat, 15.00 BST), Watford v Newcastle (Sat, 15.00 BST), Brentford v Liverpool (Sat, 17.30 BST), Southampton v Wolves (Sun, 14.00 BST), Arsenal v Tottenham (Sun, 16.30 BST), Crystal Palace (Mon, 20.00 BST)
  7. A World Cup every two years: What do you think?, published at09:00 24 September

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    Former Arsenal manager and now Fifa's head of global development Arsene Wenger is proposing a biennial World Cup.

    The Frenchman believes it is a "gamble" worth taking to "make football better".

    “We can organise a World Cup every two years because that is where the best play against the best and that makes everybody better," Wenger told BBC sports editor Dan Roan.

    “Today, I would say that out of 211 countries in the world, 133 have never been at the World Cup. I believe as well to have more chances to go to a World Cup and to play more often World Cups, countries will do something about their football.”

    So how do you feel about a World Cup every two years? Let us know here

    Listen to the full , exclusive interview with Wenger on The Sports Desk podcast on BBC Sounds

  8. Hear from the Villa boss on Friday, published at07:48 24 September

    Dean Smith

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is due to speak to the media after 08:45 BST on Friday.

    Find out the key lines from his news conference on this page later.

    Follow Friday’s Premier League news conferences here

  9. Man Utd v Aston Villa: Pick your Villa starting line-up, published at17:14 23 September

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    Aston Villa visit Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, but who will make it into Dean Smith's starting XI?

    You'll be able to pick - and share on social media - your own line-up for every Premier League game throughout this campaign.

    It's up to you how to approach it - you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your Villa team to face Manchester United

  10. Man Utd v Aston Villa: What does the form show?, published at15:53 23 September

    Man Utd v Aston Villa - form past five games: Man Utd: Loss v West Ham (h), Win v West Ham (a), Loss v Young Boys (a), Wins v Newcastle (h) and Wolves (a). Aston Villa: Loss v Chelsea on penalties (a), win v Everton (h), loss v Chelsea (a), draw v Brentford (h), win v Barrow (a)
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    *Aston Villa lost 4-3 to Chelsea on penalties following a 1-1 full-time result in the Carabao Cup third round

    • Manchester United are the highest scorers in the Premier League so far this season with 13 goals. With an expected goals total of eight, the Reds are also overperforming their xG more than any other side this season.

    • Aston Villa have lost both of their Premier League away games this season, conceding three goals in each defeat. Indeed, the Villans have lost five of their last eight away league games (two wins, one draw), more than they had in their previous 15 on the road (seven wins, four draws, four lost).

    • No side has had more direct attacks in the Premier League this season than Aston Villa (15). A direct attack is one that starts just inside a team’s own half, with at least 50% of movement towards the opposition goal that ends in a shot or touch in the opposition box.

    • Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes has scored in all three Premier League games against Aston Villa, with all three of his goals coming from the penalty spot. Only one player has scored more goals against an opponent with 100% of them being penalties in the competition – Troy Deeney against United (four).

  11. Man Utd v Aston Villa - Last time out, published at12:23 23 September

    Aston Villa's Bertrand Traore challenges Manchester United's Luke Shawimage source, Getty Images

    Manchester United host Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend - but what happened when the two sides last met in the top flight?

    The Reds guaranteed a Champions League place by coming from behind to win 3-1 at Villa Park in May - one of 10 occasions last season when comeback kings United turned a deficit into victory on the road.

    Just three days after reaching the Europa League final by completing an aggregate victory over Roma, United fell behind when Bertrand Traore lashed into the top corner midway through the first half.

    Victory for Villa would have handed Manchester City the title but United kept their arch-rivals' champagne on ice - for a few days at least - with a second-half fightback.

    Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot after Douglas Luiz felled Paul Pogba, then Mason Greenwood fired United ahead and Edinson Cavani headed their third before Villa forward Ollie Watkins was sent off late on, picking up a second yellow card for simulation.

    Defeat continued Villa's rotten run against one of their bogey sides - it was their 13th loss in 17 winless matches against United since a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in December 2009.

  12. Man Utd v Aston Villa: Head-to-head stats, published at11:06 23 September

    Man Utd v Aston Villa, head-to-head stats over 52 Premier League meetings (Man Utd number first): Wins 37-3, Goals 97-31, Clean sheets 27-6
    • Manchester United have won 18 of their last 21 home league games against Aston Villa (drawn two, lost one), failing to score on just one occasion in that run.

    • Aston Villa have picked up just one win in their last 45 Premier League games against Manchester United (D11 L33) and are winless in their last 17 against them since a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in December 2009.

    • In Premier League history, no side has won more games against an opponent than Manchester United’s 37 victories against Aston Villa.

  13. Team news: Chelsea v Aston Villa, published at14:32 22 September

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    Edouard Mendy will miss Chelsea's Carabao Cup third-round tie against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues goalkeeper is still battling a hip complaint, and faces a race to be fit for Saturday's Premier League encounter with Manchester City.

    Christian Pulisic is also a doubt as the forward recovers from an ankle issue.

    Emi Buendia could return for Aston Villa after being an unused substitute in the 3-0 win over Everton following his return from Croatia - where he had been training to avoid quarantine following international duty - earlier that day.

    John McGinn is likely to miss out after coming off against the Toffees with concussion, while Leon Bailey is unlikely to be risked after a quad injury and Trezeguet (knee) is a long-term absentee.

    Pick your Chelsea XI to take on Villa

    Choose your Villa side to face Chelsea

  14. Chelsea v Aston Villa: Who makes your Villa starting line-up?, published at17:00 21 September

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    Aston Villa take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday, but who makes it into your starting XI?

    Will Dean Smith choose to rest some of his key players after Saturday's 3-0 win over Everton or will he go with his best team?

    You can pick - and share on social media - your own starting line-up. You could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your Villa team to face Chelsea

  15. Villa's Cash on the money to impress Garth, published at10:52 21 September

    Aston Villa ended Everton's unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 3-0 win over the Toffees - and their fine display has been reflected with Matty Cash's inclusion in Garth Crooks' team of the week.

    Garth's team of the week

    Cash: If you're going to score your first goal for your club, you might as well do it in front of your home supporters, make it memorable and be on the winning side. Matty Cash managed to do all three.

    This lad is a decent defender but it's the first time I've seen him drive into the opposition's penalty area with goals on his mind. This is a right-back who finished brilliantly with his left foot. This was an excellent performance by Villa and not before time. They've been very ordinary until now.

    Find out who else made it into Garth's team of the week

  16. Aston Villa 3-0 Everton: In pictures, published at08:08 21 September

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    Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn was withdrawn as a concussion substitute just before the break after suffering a blow to the head 20 minutes earlier

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    Villa recovered from the blow of losing McGinn as Matty Cash fired home his first Premier League goal for the hosts' opener

    Lucas Digne scores an own goal against Aston Villaimage source, Getty Images
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    Everton's Lucas Digne scored an own goal for Villa's second, heading in a corner whipped in by substitute Leon Bailey

    Leon Bailey scores for Aston Villa against Evertonimage source, Getty Images
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    Bailey rounded off the scoring for Villa, nodding the ball down before firing into the roof of the Everton net, as Dean Smith's side secured their second Premier League win of the season

  17. Cash opens Premier League account, published at16:24 20 September

    Matty Cash stat - Matthew Cash scored his first Premier League goal for Aston Villa, in what was his 33rd appearance in the competition. The full-back had three shots today, more than any other player in the match.
  18. Bailey's your tipple for star man, published at10:04 20 September

    Leon Bailey was your man of the match with an average score of 8.70

    Aston Villa new boy Leon Bailey was your man of the match in our Player Rater as he sparkled in a second-half substitute appearance in their 3-0 win over Everton.

    Summer signing Bailey became the second Villa player to be subbed on, score, and then be subbed off in a Premier League match, after Julian Joachim against Derby in September 2000.

    Read the match report and see how all the players rated

  19. Bailey inspires claret and blue blitz, published at08:41 20 September

    Tom Marlow, BBC Radio WM

    As far as Premier League home debuts go, few in the recent history of the competition will be able to boast the impact of Leon Bailey’s 20-minute cameo for Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

    Dean Smith’s new jet-heeled Jamaican joined the action at a time when in-form Everton were enjoying the better of a tight game. Alex Iwobi had just forced a near-post save from Emi Martinez, who had only returned to the UK in the early hours of the morning, while Demarai Gray then whistled a shot inches wide.

    Bailey was on the other side of the penalty area to watch Matty Cash cut inside to wallop home his first for the club to make it 1-0, before the £25 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen took centre stage at a packed Villa Park.

    First, the winger’s corner was flicked into his own net by the unfortunate Lucas Digne, then the 24-year-old ran onto a wonderful Danny Ings pass to rifle past Asmir Begovic to cap a clinical claret and blue blitz.

    It was never going to happen overnight having lost their talisman in Jack Grealish and with new signings bedding in, but – after disappointment against newly-promoted Watford and Brentford – this was a big result for Dean Smith’s side ahead of a tricky run of fixtures.

    The Villa squad’s new-found strength-in-depth offers plenty of promise, with game-changers such as Bertrand Traore and Emi Buendia starting the match on the bench.

    Villa v Everton is the most played fixture in English top-flight history, and one of the oldest too. In Bailey, Villa fans may well have a new hero to create plenty more memorable moments.