Manchester City will be desperate for three points against Aston Villa as they look to maintain their very slim title hopes.
Aston Villa – 7/1 with Paddy Power
Draw – 4.5/1 with Bet365
Man City – 1.5/1 with Bet Victor
The home side go into this match with just one win in their last ten league games and they haven’t left the relegation zone since the start of January. That solitary win at home to West Ham is their only victory in six games at Villa Park and during that period, the team have managed just three goals. Their goal scoring record at home has been poor all season – the 19th worst in the division and they have averaged less than one goal a game in front of their home support. Christian Benteke has been the one highlight of this difficult period of the season and he has five goals in his last five games.
City will come into this game feeling confident after their impressive defeat of Chelsea last weekend. They will start as heavy favourites for this game despite some patchy recent away form – just two wins in their last five games, including defeats to Sunderland and Southampton, and a draw at QPR. Defensively, they are much improved though and the clean sheet against Chelsea means they have now had five shut-outs in their last seven games. Carlos Tevez also scored for the first time in nine games in the win and both he and Sergio Aguero scored twice against Villa in November.
Villa haven’t beat City in the league for over two years and the game at the City of Manchester Stadium earlier this season finished 5-0 to the champions. Whilst you would expect them to win again, don’t expect it to be so comfortable this time around.
Man City to keep a clean sheet – 2.38/1 with Boylesports
Man City half-time/full-time – 2.25/1 with Coral
Sergio Aguero to score anytime – 2.1/1 with Boylesports
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