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Breaking down betting splits for Aston Villa-Sheffield United

Bettors favor Sheffield over Aston Villa ahead of the EPL’s return on Wednesday,

Dean Henderson of Sheffield United after the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Norwich City at Bramall Lane on March 07, 2020 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Aston Villa and Sheffield United will face off in the English Premier League’s first game since March on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports. Sheffield could crack the top five in the EPL after finishing second in the English Football League Championship last season, while Villa is looking to avoid relegation and is second to last in the standings.

DraftKings Sportsbook has the odds and betting splits for the match available, and we’ve broken down how bettors are playing it.

Sheffield (+125) is favored and hasn’t lost since it fell 2-1 to Manchester City in January. While it isn’t an elite squad when it comes to scoring, its defense has only given up 25 goals this term. Only first place Liverpool has given up fewer goals (21). Sheffield stacks up well against a team that’s struggled offensively and defensively.

Aston Villa has conceded a league-leading (56) goals this season while only scoring 34. It entered the break on a four-game losing streak and fell to Sheffield 2-0 in December. Wesley — the team’s second leading scorer — is out with a knee injury while John McGinn (ankle) will have his playing time monitored. The odds are stacked against the underdog in this game.

Sheffield has 69 percent of the handle and 68 percent of bettors are banking on a win for the favorite. Aston Villa has 21 percent of the handle and 19 percent of the bets while a bets on a tie (+230) account for 10 percent of the handle. Bets on a draw make of 14 percent of the total bets.

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