Ace Football previews the Premier League game between Manchester City and Aston Villa and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Manchester City welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium as they chase their sixth consecutive Premier League win.
As it stands, Guardiola’s men are the most in-form side in the league.
They became the first side to register five consecutive Premier League wins this season as they beat Palace 4-0 last time out. It saw them continue an unbeaten run that stretches back 15 competitive matches.
If results go their way, City can go top of the Premier League with a win tonight and they’ll no doubt be fired up to do so.
Elsewhere, Villa have seen a tough run of fixtures of late. They managed a point against Chelsea but lost out to Manchester United last time out.
A fixture against Manchester City is another daunting task but they’ve proven they can deliver an upset so far this season.
Villa might be 12 points off leaders Leicester City but it’s important to note that they have at least three games in hand. A number of their games have recently been postponed due to a covid-19 outbreak in the team.
It remains to be seen what becomes of those games but a certainty is that City are favorites against Dean Smith’s men and look primed for all three points.
Manchester City Form and Stats
Manchester City look the current favourites to win the Premier League title after winning their last eight matches in all competitions.
Pep Guardiola’s team are back to their best and have recently beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United. They have also won their last three home matches, starting with wins over Birmingham and Brighton.
Last time out, City beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium. John Stones bagged a brace, while Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling also got on the score-sheet.
Key Team Stats
- Manchester City have won their last 8 matches (all competitions).
- Manchester City HT/FT has played out correctly in 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
- Manchester City have won to nil in their last 4 home matches (all competitions).
- Manchester City have won 10 of their last 12 home matches (all competitions)
Aston Villa Form and Stats
Aston Villa’s first team squad will play their first match since New Year’s Day due to Covid regulations.
It will be another tough test for Dean Smith’s side who have failed to win in their last three matches. Villa drew 1-1 with Chelsea, before losing 2-1 away to Manchester United on January 1.
Their last match saw a team of teenagers assembled to take on Liverpool in the FA Cup. Jurgen Klopp’s team won 4-1 at Villa Park.
Key Team Stats
- Aston Villa have lost 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).
- Aston Villa have lost 8 of their last 9 matches against Manchester City (all competitions).
Manchester City: Nathan Aké, Aymeric Laporte (injured). Cole Palmer, Sergio Agüero, Eric García (isolating/illness).
Aston Villa: Trezeguet, Ross Barkley and Wesley Moraes (injury).
Head to Head
Manchester City have 75 wins in this fixture while Aston Villa have 57. They have also played out 41 draws.
The most recent meeting saw Manchester City beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the League Cup Final.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)