Aston Villa and Hibernian will face off on Thursday night at Villa Park, following last week’s opening leg in their Europa Conference League playoff match.
The Villans have to finish the paperwork against opponents seeking new management after mauling their hosts in Edinburgh to advance to the group stage.
Aston Villa vs Hibernian
In the Europa Conference League play-off round, it’s a Battle of Britain. In the first leg at home, Scottish Premiership team Hibernian welcomes Aston Villa from the English Premier League. The winner advances to the group stages of the Europa Conference League. Since the 1950s, Hibernians haven’t experienced a lot of European glory.
Aston Villa remarkably managed to return on the winning track by collecting three straight victories across all competitions after an unexpected 1-5 loss to Newcastle United in the season opener.
Their latest victim was new Premier League newcomers Burnley, who prevailed with a score of 3-1. The Villa Park team is on the verge of reaching the group stage of a European club competition, this time the Europa Conference League, something they haven’t been able to do since the 2010–11 campaign, thanks to Spanish coach Unai Emery.
Speaking of the visitors, Hibernian is the only team without a point after its first three games, which is an unexpectedly poor start for them this year, especially in the Scottish top division. However, it appears that the weekend’s 2-3 home loss to Livingston served as the catalyst for the decision to fire manager Lee Johnson. The Hibees won’t exactly have high hopes when they play at Villa Park on Thursday due to the current negative trend, but they will undoubtedly go out there to compete for their lives.
Following the Villans’ commanding performance that helped them to an astounding 5-0 first-leg triumph on Scottish turf, the Thursday opponents were left with a seemingly impossible deficit to close in the second leg. Villa head coach Unai Emery could fully rotate the squad in order to keep important players for the upcoming Sunday Premier League match against Liverpool because their berth in the Europa Conference League group stage is already secured. The Premier League team is anticipated to once again demonstrate their skill on the Villa Park field, even with their reserve players.
The under 3.5 goals option, however, seems like a wise wager because of their cautious approach in attack, we are reasonably positive that Thursday’s game will lack any dynamic. It’s also crucial to point out that Aston Villa managed to keep a clean sheet in six games while only allowing two goals during their excellent home run.
Villa are in fantastic form and are operating at full capacity this season. Emery’s team should defeat a struggling Hibernian team and continue their impressive play in the offensive third of the field. Following their 3-2 loss to Livingston on Saturday, Hibernian, who are currently struggling, fired manager Lee Johnson.
When they travel to the Midlands, they will just be playing for pride, but the difference in quality between the sides’ previous encounters makes it likely that they will lose again.
Tip: Aston Villa to Win / Under 3.5 Goals
Aston Villa to Win – ✅
Under 3.5 Goals – ✅
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