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Manchester City vs Aston Villa live match

Manchester City vs Aston Villa live match

Pep Guardiola’s side have an exceptional record against Aston Villa and they are unbeaten in their last 6 outings against the West Midlands club.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa are 11th in the league table and they are coming into this game on the back of a 4-2 defeat against Leicester City.

Villa have shown considerable improvement since the appointment of Unai Emery and they will be hoping to dent Manchester City’s title hopes with a positive result away from home.

 

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Manchester City

The home side will be without the services of John stones because of an injury.

Phil Foden missed out against Tottenham Hotspur but he is expected to return from illness here.

Pep Guardiola is likely to persist with his favoured 4-3-3 formation with Ederson Moraes in goal.

Rico Lewis and Nathan Ake are expected to be deployed as full-backs with Manuel Akanji starting alongside Aymeric Laporte at the heart of the defence.

The likes of Walker failed to impress in the last outing and Guardiola could make changes to his backline here. In the middle of the park, Rodri is set to anchor the midfield and break up the opposition’s play.

While Ilkay Gundogan will look to control the tempo of the game and recycle possession, Kevin De Bruyne will look to add creativity and goals from the midfield.

Erling Haaland will look to continue his impressive goal-scoring form with Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish on either side of him.

Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Lewis, Akanji, Laporte, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish

Aston Villa

Unai Emery will be without the services of Diego Carlos and Jed Steer because of injury problems.

Villa are set to line up in a 4-4-2 formation with World Cup winner Emiliano Martinez in goal.

Ashley Young and Lucas Digne are set to be deployed as the full-backs here with Ezri Konsa partnering Tyrone Mings at the heart of the defence.

Douglas Luiz and Boubacar Kamara will look to sit deep and break up the Manchester City play here. Midfielders Jacob Ramsey and Emiliano Buendia are likely to be used as inverted attacking midfielders from the wide areas. They will look to create opportunities for Villa during transitions and drop back into the midfield to outnumber the Manchester City players.

Ollie Watkins will lead the line alongside Leon Bailey.

Probable Lineup (4-4-2): Martinez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Digne; Ramsey, Kamara, Luiz, Buendia; Bailey, Watkins

Key Stats

  • Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 13 home matches against Aston Villa in all competitions.
  • Man City have won their last 7 home matches against Aston Villa in all competitions.
  • Man City have picked up 5 wins and a draw in their last six outings against Aston Villa.
  • Aston Villa have won 4 of their last 5 matches in the Premier League.
  • Man City have conceded in 4 of their last 6 matches across all competitions

Manchester City vs Aston Villa live match
Manchester City vs Aston Villa live match

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