Manchester City will be hoping to raise the pressure on leaders Liverpool when they welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s Premier League clash.
The Citizens go into the weekend six points adrift off top spot, although they have won their last nine league home games against this opposition by a combined 30-4 scoreline.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa latest odds
Indeed, they are overwhelming 1/10 (1.10) favourites with 888Sport to move to within a win of Liverpool by coming out on top here.
Dean Smith’s side have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since May 2015, but are 25/1 (26.00) to make it three in a row at the home of the champions.
Just one of the last 16 league meetings between this pair has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 10/1 (11.00) available on this one finishing up all square.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa team news
Rodri is unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Atalanta, joining Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane in the treatment room.
Jota is a long-term absentee after undergoing hernia surgery, while Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester are both short of match practice.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa preview
Having lost to Wolves and newly-promoted Norwich already this season, Pep Guardiola’s men will be wary of a Villans outfit that is unlikely to sit back and defend at the Etihad.
Indeed, only the current top four have scored more goals than the Villans, who must fancy their chances of adding to that tally considering the hosts’ injury problems in defence.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa predictions
Nevertheless, with City boasting 21 goals to their name in just six home games in front of their own fans this season, odds of 13/10 (2.30) look like solid value on them coming out on top despite conceding against a Villa team that has failed to score just twice in 11 fixtures.
Man City to win & both teams to score at 13/10 (2.30) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport