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Manchester City vs Aston Villa Prediction & Match Preview

 

Manchester City vs Aston Villa Prediction & Match Preview

Manchester City vs Aston Villa
England – Premier League
Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City will be aiming to regain top position in the standings when they face Aston Villa in Wednesday’s postponed fixture. 

The Citizens look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their ninth consecutive win in all competitions. 

Pep Guardiola’s men recorded a routine 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend, and it is no wonder bookies see them as hot favourites to win the midweek clash.

As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Kevin De Bruyne, who provided a beautiful assist for John Stones in the triumph over Palace. 

Sergio Aguero, on the other hand, remains quarantined. Aston Villa were not in action at the weekend due to a number of positive cases in the training center. 

Even though Ross Barkley could recover in time to face Man City, we are tempted to put our money on the in-form hosts this time out.

Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Manchester City Aston Villa played so far 39 matches.
Manchester City won 26 direct matches. Aston Villa won 7 matches. 6 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.13 goals per Match.

Manchester City vs Aston Villa Prediction

Manchester City in actual season average scored 1.93 goals per match. In 12 (85.71%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (57.14%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Aston Villa average scored 1.85 goals per match in season 2021. In 8 (80.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (70.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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Sergio Aguero is again expected to miss out following a period of self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Argentine, who has scored 10 goals in just seven starts against Villa including a hat-trick last season, could be in contention if he returns a negative test in time, but he is unlikely to be thrown straight back in regardless.

Gabriel Jesus led the line against Palace but failed to get amongst the goals, so Guardiola could look to shuffle his pack a little up front with the likes of Ferran Torres, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez pushing for starts after sitting out on Sunday.

Rodri, Joao Cancelo and Benjamin Mendy may also be hopeful of coming back into the side, but one player expected to start again is Kevin De Bruyne following his exquisite 100th assist for Man City last time out.

The playmaker has now provided more assists in all competitions than any other Premier League player this season and was withdrawn with 20 minutes to play on Sunday in order to keep him fresh for this match.

The in-form Stones and Ruben Dias will also expect to keep their places, despite the likelihood of Aymeric Laporte recovering from a hamstring injury. Nathan Ake and Eric Garcia could also be available, but Guardiola may view the weekend FA Cup trip to Cheltenham Town as a better opportunity to rest his new first-choice centre-back duo.

Predicting which Aston Villa team they come up against will be an exercise in guesswork for Guardiola given the coronavirus problems the visitors have experienced in recent weeks.

Ten first-team players tested positive, but who those players were and how badly they were affected remains unclear. Every player was affected in some way, though, with the Villa training ground being forced to close for 10 days.

Trezeguet is the only confirmed case and he could miss out, while Wesley is still a long-term absentee too, but the break should have given Ross Barkley the chance to get back up to speed following a thigh injury.

Villa fans will be hoping that Man City-linked Jack Grealish, more than anyone, is available; the talismanic skipper has been directly involved in 12 goals from his 15 Premier League games this season - the most by a Villa player in their first 15 games of a top-flight season since Dalian Atkinson in 1992-93.

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Mendy; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; El Ghazi, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins


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