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12 January 2020 - 11:30

England - Premier League

Day 22

Aston Villa
Aston Villa
VS
Manchester City
Manchester City

Tip :

Half Time: Draw, Full Time: Manchester City

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Tip Aston Villa - Manchester City

 by Steve Ashfield |

Could this be a rehearsal for the EFL Cup final? That's possible but both teams return to Premier League action as 17th placed Aston Villa host Manchester City who are in third. Villa could well be in the bottom three by the time this game begins and will be if there is a positive result in the early Sunday game between Bournemouth and Watford. They did well to draw at Leicester in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final but need to get some points in the Premier League or face an immediate return to the Championship.  They have won two of their last three league games to escape the bottom three but only by a point. Getting a good result this weekend isn't going to be easy as they host an in-form Manchester City side. A difficult task at the best of times but Villa have an injury crisis at present.

Manchester City could be 17 points behind Liverpool before this match begins. If Liverpool beat Tottenham on Saturday, they will have gone through the 60 point mark and City are only on 44 points. It's looking like a battle for second place and to win as many other competitions as possible. They already look to be in the EFL Cup final after their 3-1 win at Manchester United in midweek. The goals are starting to flow again for them with 11 goals in their last four league and cup matches, all ending in wins. City have one loss in their last nine matches and have scored at least twice in each of them. They can be vulnerable at times on their travels but with Villa understrength, this has to be a win for them with City leading at both half and full time.

Teams form

Ranking

17e
Aston Villa
Premier League
2e
Manchester City

Last matches

Aston Villa
Aston Villa Last matches
D V D V D N

8 Jan 2020 - EFL Cup

Leicester
1 :  1
Aston Villa

4 Jan 2020 - FA Cup

Fulham
2 :  1
Aston Villa

1 Jan 2020 - Premier League

Burnley
1 :  2
Aston Villa

28 Dec 2019 - Premier League

Watford
3 :  0
Aston Villa

26 Dec 2019 - Premier League

Aston Villa
1 :  0
Norwich

21 Dec 2019 - Premier League

Aston Villa
1 :  3
Southampton
Manchester City
Manchester City Last matches
V D V V V V

7 Jan 2020 - EFL Cup

Manchester United
1 :  3
Manchester City

4 Jan 2020 - FA Cup

Manchester City
4 :  1
Port Vale

1 Jan 2020 - Premier League

Manchester City
2 :  1
Everton

29 Dec 2019 - Premier League

Manchester City
2 :  0
Sheffield United

27 Dec 2019 - Premier League

Wolves
3 :  2
Manchester City

21 Dec 2019 - Premier League

Manchester City
3 :  1
Leicester

Head to head

Aston Villa

0 %

Draw

17 %

Manchester City

83 %

26 Oct 2019 - Premier League

Manchester City
3 :  0
Aston Villa

5 Mar 2016 - Premier League

Manchester City
4 :  0
Aston Villa

30 Jan 2016 - FA Cup

Aston Villa
0 :  4
Manchester City

8 Nov 2015 - Premier League

Aston Villa
0 :  0
Manchester City

25 Apr 2015 - Premier League

Manchester City
3 :  2
Aston Villa

4 Oct 2014 - Premier League

Aston Villa
0 :  2
Manchester City
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Players list

Aston Villa
Aston Villa
Goalkeeper O Nyland Defender E Konsa K Hause T Mings A Elmohamady N Taylor Midfielder H Lansbury M Nakamba Trezeguet A El Ghazi Forward J Grealish
Manchester City
Manchester City
Goalkeeper Ederson Defender J Stones J Cancelo B Mendy Midfielder I Gundogan N Otamendi P Foden D Silva Forward R Mahrez S Aguero G Jesus

Substitutes

Aston Villa
Aston Villa
Goalkeeper L Kalinic Defender F Guilbert J Chester Midfielder I Vassilev H Lansbury M Nakamba Trezeguet
Manchester City
Manchester City
Goalkeeper C Bravo Defender K Walker N Otamendi Midfielder B Silva I Gundogan P Foden Forward R Sterling

Key points Aston Villa - Manchester City

  1. Manchester City have one loss in their last nine matches.
  2. Manchester City have scored 11 goals in their last four away league games.
  3. Aston Villa have an injury crisis and that won't help them one bit in this game.
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Our prediction

Manchester City's hopes of successfully defending their Premier League title are getting slimmer and slimmer. They just have to keep winning games and that's what has happened recently but City keep having the occasional blip that is costing them dearly. Now they travel to an Aston Villa side battling to avoid relegation and with key players out injured. City are scoring lots of goals and a win with them ahead at both half and full time is the suggested bet here.

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