Aston Villa vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Aston Villa vs Man City prediction: Aston Villa 0-3 Man City

These two clubs are currently at opposite ends of the table and are not exactly where they want to be.

Manchester City are massively adrift of run-away league-leaders Liverpool in the title race.

Aston Villa meanwhile are battling hard against the threat of relegation.

Will Manchester City ease to a win at Villa Park?

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Aston Villa vs Manchester City: Who will win?

Unsurprisingly, Aston Villa are big underdogs to win this match at 12/1.

Manchester City are massive odds on favourites at 1/6 to claim the three points.

A draw, which would be an amazing result for the home side, is 13/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Manchester City to win and over 2.5 goals is 4/11.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester City at Turf Moor on December 3, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Jack Grealish will continue to be Aston Villa’s talisman. The captain is 11/1 to open the scoring and 3/1 to score anytime.

Anwar El Ghazi could also be a threat. He is 16/1 to score first and 4/1 to score anytime.

Sergio Agüero is always good for a goal. He is 13/5 to break the deadlock and odds on at 8/15 to net anytime.

Gabriel Jesus also could start up front. The Brazilian is 3/1 to score first and 7/10 to add to his tally.

Both Trézéguet and Grealish to score is 25/1.

Both Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz to score is 140/1.

Both Raheem Sterling and Agüero to score is 21/10.

Both Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to score is 6/1.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City: Match preview

Aston Villa’s Wesley (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with Trézéguet (left) and John McGinn during the Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Aston Villa are in desperate need of points.

They did actually win their last Premier League match, crucially too, beating Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor.

However, as it was only their third victory in 12 league games, they just climbed out of the drop zone, one point above Bournemouth.

Their next five leagues games are against Brighton, Watford, Bournemouth, Spurs and Southampton so some crucial fixtures to come.

However, like their visitors, they’ve been busy in cup action since that New Years’ Day success.

Last weekend, Dean Smith’s side crashed out of the FA Cup at the third round stage, losing 2-1 at Craven Cottage to Fulham.

Then, they travelled to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

Just before the half hour mark, Villa took a surprise lead when Anwar El Ghazi’s cross was fired in by right-back Frédéric Guilbert.

They defended admirably but, with just 20 to play, Douglas Luiz was caught on the ball and Leicester equalised.

Nevertheless, 1-1 it finished so it’ll be winner takes all in the return match in Aston later this month.

Despite this, their main priority remains Premier League survival.

Aston Villa have won only three of their 49 Premier League matches against reigning champions, losing the last 11 in a row.

Can they end that run because, if they don’t, they’ll end the weekend back in the relegation zone?

Another Manchester City win?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Carabao Cup Semi-final match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on January 07, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

As for Manchester City, in complete contrast, their focus is almost entirely on cup competitions.

In their last league match on 1 January, a quick-fire brace from Gabriel Jesus helped them beat Everton 2-1 at the Etihad.

Despite this, two league defeats in six in December mean they are 14 points behind Liverpool who also have a game in hand.

A third consecutive league title looks unlikely for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Thus, they’ll be doubly determined to retain their FA Cup and Carabao Cup titles, as well as trying to win the Champions League for the very first time when that resumes next month.

Last weekend, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Agüero, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden all scored as they easily beat Port Vale 4-1 in the FA Cup.

Then, on Tuesday, they made the short trip across the city to take on Manchester United in their League Cup semi-final.

The first half was surely one of the best 45 display Guardiola has ever witnessed.

Goals from Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and then an own goal had the Citizens 3-0 up at half time.

Man United did pull one back but, at 3-1 up, Manchester City are in the box seat to make the final with the second leg at the Etihad to come.

That win means Manchester City are responsible for four of Manchester United’s last 12 defeats at Old Trafford across all competitions.

Back in the league, despite the enormous gap at the top there will be no let up.

Although, under Guardiola, Man City have lost three of their four Premier League away matches in January, winning only against Huddersfield last year.

Will they avoid another winter wobble at Villa Park?

Aston Villa team news vs Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Despite putting in an energy sapping performance as recently as Wednesday night, Dean Smith has limited options so will not make too many changes.

With first and second-choice goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Jed Steer both out, Ørjan Nyland will keep his place in goal after a solid display in the Carabao Cup.

In defence, after the win at Burnley and the draw at Leicester, Smith will continue with the back five.

Ezri Konsa, Kortney Hause and Wednesday’s man of the match Tyrone Mings will continue as the centre-backs.

Björn Engels is injured.

As is Matt Targett so Neil Taylor will start on the left; Frédéric Guilbert will be preferred to Ahmed Elmohamady on the other side.

In midfield, with no John McGinn, Marvelous Nakamba will start.

Alongside him though Douglas Luiz could drop out with Conor Hourihane returning to the XI.

Further forward, Wesley is out for the season and Jonathan Kodjia is unlikely to be fit so they’ll play without a recognised striker again.

Captain Jack Grealish will be the key component of the fluid front three.

This season he has carried the ball a league-high 5,624 metres and has created more chances following a ball carry than any other player, with 24.

Anwar El Ghazi will also start after registering his sixth assist of the season in mid-week, the joint-most with Grealish.

Trézéguet is expected to be the other man in attack; Jota and young American Indiana Vassilev are the other options.

Can this depleted side cause an upset?

Manchester City team news vs Aston Villa

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City in action during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on September 28, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

As for Manchester City, they will almost certainly make more changes after they too claimed a good result in mid-week.

For starters, Ederson will return in goal with cup keeper Claudio Bravo dropping out.

This’ll be Ederson’s first appearance since his red card at Molineux just after Christmas.

In defence, Kyle Walker’s good form will see him keep his place ahead of João Cancelo.

On the other side, despite scoring his first goal for 360 days against Port Vale, Oleksandr Zinchenko is unlikely to displace Benjamin Mendy.

At centre-back, Fernandinho is expected to continue alongside Nicolás Otamendi with Eric García on the bench and John Stones massively out of favour.

In midfield İlkay Gündoğan could play the anchor role with Rodri dropping to the bench.

Further forward, Guardiola has an array of attacking talent.

Kevin De Bruyne’s form means he is undroppable and David Silva is also likely to return to the side.

In attack, they lined-up without a recognised centre-forward on Tuesday but are unlikely to try that again here.

Riyad Mahrez will start on the right.

He has started 19 games in all competitions for Manchester City this season and in those games he has been directly involved in 15 goals; six goals and nine assists.

Raheem Sterling will be back on the left with Sergio Agüero through the middle.

The Argentine forward has scored six goals in his last four Premier League starts versus Villa.

Also, since he joined in 2011, no player has more goals against promoted teams than his 31.

What’s frightening, if this is their XI, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus will all be on the bench.

Will Man City blow Aston Villa away?

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Manchester City

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Manchester City.

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Aston Villa.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Premier League table:

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1Liverpool FC23221054153967
2Manchester City24163565273851
3Leicester City24153652242848
4Chelsea FC2412484132940
5Manchester United249783629734
6Tottenham Hotspur249783832634
7Wolverhampton Wanderers2481063532334
8Sheffield United248972523233
9Southampton FC2494113142-1131
10Arsenal FC2461263234-230
11Crystal Palace247982228-630
12Everton FC2486102835-730
13Burnley FC2493122838-1030
14Newcastle United2486102436-1230
15Brighton & Hove Albion2467112734-725
16Aston Villa2474133145-1425
17West Ham United2365122738-1123
18AFC Bournemouth2465132337-1423
19Watford FC2458112136-1523
20Norwich City2445152447-2317
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