Manchester City can claim another routine victory against an understrength Aston Villa, and as well will rack up the goals in the last Premier League game of match day 22.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday 12th, January
Venue: Villa Park
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has won their last four games in all competitions, the latest at Old Trafford where they showed class to brush past their city rivals 3-1 in their EFL Cup semifinal game on Tuesday.
Thus, the Citizens have a big chance of earning their 15th win of the league season at Villa Park against a Villa side that continue to battle relegation amidst a string of erratic results.
Villa who drew 1-1 with Leicester City in their EFL Cup meeting hover just above the bottom three, a point more than Bournemouth in 18th. The hosts have lost three of their last five home league games, and have taken just a solitary point from 10 games against teams in the top half of the standings.
Though they have only failed to score once in a dozen home games this campaign, they have not breached Manchester City in each of their last four meetings, conceding eleven goals in the process.
Jonathan Kodjia missed the Leicester game due to illness and is a doubt for this one.
Matt Targett is back in contention, but Tom Heaton, Jed Steer, John McGinn, Keinan Davis and Wesley are all ruled out.
New signing, Danny Drinkwater can make his debut here.
Aside Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte who are still classed as injured, Guardiola have a fully fit squad for this game. Ederson Moraes is back in the side.
Head to Head
Manchester City have won 73 of the previous 171 meetings between these two, with Aston Villa managing 57. 41 games have ended as draws.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Aston Villa’s last 16 games in the Premier League.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Manchester City’s last 12 games in the Premier League.
Manchester City have won six of their last seven games against Aston Villa in all competitions.
Aston Villa were denied a morale-boosting victory against the Foxes in midweek, but will find it even more tougher when they host the high-flying Citizens. Aston Villa’s last five games in all competitions (WLWLD)
Manchester City are on a strong run of results, having won all of their last four since that narrow loss to Wolves. Manchester City’s last five games in all competitions (LWWWW)
Given that Manchester City are expected to come away victorious from this game, their odds(1/6) are understandably short for a straight win, but you can back over 3.5 goals at 4/5, bearing in mind that City will attack from the start, a move which could give rise to goals, and loads of it.
On the goalscorers markets, Kevin De Bruyne at 7/5 to score anytime takes our fancy here.