2019-20 Premier League: Week 22 – Aston Villa vs Manchester City

Aston Villa continue their fight against relegation as they welcome Manchester City to Villa Park in the second Super Sunday match. 

A win will move Villa away from the relegation zone, whereas Man City look to leapfrog Leicester into second if they can take victory. 

 

Team news

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Jonathan Kodjia is a doubt for Aston Villa after struggling with illness throughout training this week. 

Matt Targett meanwhile is set to return from a hamstring injury which sidelined him in recent weeks. 

Jed Steer (Achilles), Tom Heaton, Wesley (both knee), Keinan Davis (thigh) and John McGinn (ankle) are all ruled out. 

Manchester City are set to start Ederson in goal after he was benched for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup match at Manchester United, having missed their three previous games beforehand through mix of illness and suspension. 

Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane are still out as they continue to step up their recoveries from knee injuries. 

 

Form

Villa have won just two of their last nine matches in all competitions (W2, D1, L6), although they have taken six points from their last five home league games (W2, L3). 

Man City have lost just two of their last nine in all domestic competitions (W7, L2) but have lost two of their last five away league games (W2, D1, L2), whilst keeping just one clean sheet across those five away trips. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Aston Villa have taken just a single point from their last six league matches against Manchester City (D1, L5).
  • Man City have conceded in just one of their last five league trips to Villa Park, losing 3-2 in September 2013. 
  • City’s Raheem Sterling has scored once in each of his last three appearances against Villa. 
  • Villa are yet to receive a penalty in any of their 39 previous Premier League meetings against City, who had scored seven of their nine penalties. 
  • Both teams have received two red cards apiece in this Premier League fixture. 

 

Prediction

Villa produced a solid performance on Wednesday at Leicester but this is going to be a tougher test because City are incredibly difficult to beat, no matter what type of team is put out, 

I therefore am struggling past a City win but the Villains have a strong goal-scoring record at home this season, no matter the result so I can’t see a massively dominant away win but it should be a comfortable result for the Citizens. 

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester City

Result: Aston Villa 1-6 Manchester City

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