Aston Villa maintained their push for the top four in the Premier League thanks to a late Ollie Watkins equalizer that secured a 2-2 draw at lowly Bournemouth this weekend. That marked their fifth consecutive game without defeat (4 Wins) although they probably expected more from this game considering the hosts are mired in relegation battles. That said, the Villains sit pretty in 4th place, just 4 points off the leaders Arsenal and they have their fans dreaming of seeing their team competing with the top echelons of Europe should they maintain this great start to end. This visit of the champions is a great test for their credentials and they will be relishing the challenge
The champions were also held to a thrilling 3-3 draw at home by Tottenham at the weekend, albeit in very controversial circumstances with City left fuming at the referee’s decision not to allow an advantage right at the death in which they could have had a clear goalscoring opportunity as opposed to the foul that was called to stop the break. Still, City have looked vulnerable lately. This was their third successive draw in the Premier League which has allowed both Arsenal and Liverpool to leapfrog them atop the standings after 14 rounds. No panic buttons are being pressed though and coach Pochettino will be looking for his boys to respond to the challenge here.
One thing we can expect from this game is some end-to-end action from the start to the finish. Unai Emery has rejuvenated this Villa team and they play a beautiful brand of attacking football. Man City of course are known to also fire from all cylinders. As such we are likely to be treated to an attacking spectacle in this match and that is likely to result in a multitude of goals either way. For our initial Aston Villa vs Man City prediction here, we are backing at least 3 goals to be scored.
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Main tip: Over 2.5 Goals
Our Aston Villa vs Manchester City predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: Over 2.5 Goals
Both of these teams have been terrific upfront this season. After 14 rounds, they are the two teams that have scored the most goals, Man City leading with 36 goals with Villa a close second with 33 goals.
In their last 5 matches, they both average over 2 goals a match. This fixture has also had lots of goals historically. The last 10 games average 3.60 goals a match and 4 of the last 5 H2H have also had at least 3 goals scored.
With this in mind, we can expect a high-scoring encounter here and we are backing at least 3 goals to be scored with attractive prices for this option offered at 1Win
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The odd of 1.52 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 66% chance that this game will have at least 10 total corners taken
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Prediction 2: Man City Win
Despite Villa’s resurgence and renaissance this season, this fixture has not been very kind to them. It has been a one-sided affair in recent years with City winning 9 of the last 10 encounters!
City have stumbled in recent PL matches and will be looking to get back on track with a win here but it will not be as easy as they have had it before as Villa have proven to be quite formidable, especially at home
We nevertheless still feel Citizens have the quality to get the job done and we picking Man City to get the win in this clash
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The odd of 1.79 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 56% chance that Manchester City will emerge victorious in this match
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Prediction 3: Haaland Anytime Scorer
With 6 goals in his last 5 matches for Man City, Erling Haaland continues to carry the weight and expectations of the club as they continue their fight to retain the Premier League crown.
Many critics had expected his output to go down after De Bruyne’s injury but he has proven them wrong as he continues scoring week in, week out.
He is also on penalty duties for the club.
Although he failed to score at the weekend, he had an assist for the Grealish goal. We reckon he will be back on the we are therefore backing Haaland to score anytime as our final Aston Villa vs Manchester City prediction for this clash
Statistics for Aston Villa vs Manchester City
Assessing the last 10 meetings between these teams:
Man City dominate with 9 wins; 1 game was drawn
These meetings have had an average of 3.60 goals a match
City won the last encounter 3-1
Latest results Aston Villa
4 wins and a draw in the last 5 matches
11 goals scored in these 5 games; average of 2.20 a match
Drew 2-2 at Bournemouth in their last match
Latest results Manchester City
2 wins, and 3 draws in their last 5 matches
14 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.80 goals per match
Drew 3-3 at home against Tottenham in their last match
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Possible squad Aston Villa & Manchester City
Line upAston VillaManchester CityGoalkeeperMartínezEdersonDefenseKonsa, Carlos, Torres, DigneWalker, Akanji, Dias, AkeMidfieldTielemans, Kamara, Luiz, McGinnKovacic, Silva, FodenForwardZaniolo, WatkinsDoku, Haaland, ÁlvarezMissingHause (Knee), Traore (Undisclosed), Buendia (ACL injury), Mings (Knee)De Bruyne (Hamstring), Nunes (Muscle), Steffen (Knee)CoachUnai EmeryPep Guardiola
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