Aston Villa vs Manchester City preview, potential line-ups & prediction

Saturday’s Premier League programme rounds off at Villa Park as Aston Villa and Manchester City go head-to-head in contrasting circumstances.

Given City’s emphatic start to the season, you’d be brave to bet against the visitors adding another win to the tally.

With gambling in Canada handing you the best welcome bonuses for sports betting, you’d be well advised to consider staking the Cityzens’ landslide triumph here. 

It’s hard to be in Steven Gerrard’s skin these days. The man at the helm has guided Villa to their worst league start in 25 years after losing four of his opening five Premier League matches (W1). 

Since beating an out-of-sorts Everton 2-1 at home on matchday two, the Lions have strung together three league defeats on the spin, including a 2-1 midweek slump away to Arsenal. 

With the calls for Gerrard’s dismissal increasing in volume as the season progresses, Man City’s upcoming visit to the West Midlands could put the final nail in the coffin of the Englishman’s ill-fated managerial stint at Villa.

Inspired by Erling Haaland’s second Premier League hat-trick in succession, Pep Guardiola’s high-flyers dismantled newly-promoted Nottingham Forest 6-0 at home on Wednesday.

The current Premier League top scorer with nine goals, Haaland stole the spotlight as Man City battled back from a 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace 4-2 last weekend. 

Only Arsenal, with a 100% win ratio this term, have bettered the Cityzens’ haul of four victories from five Premier League games so far (D1), meaning Guardiola’s team won’t be taking any prisoners in Birmingham.

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Aston Villa

Villa’s bid to pick themselves out of a major crisis will require them to defy their underwhelming streak of 15 defeats from their last 16 Premier League meetings with reigning champions (W1).

Speaking of Villa’s fortunes against defending top-flight holders, they are winless in their last 11 league clashes against Man City (D1, L10), including an abysmal run of seven consecutive reverses via an aggregate score of 22-5.

On top of that, only Everton (15) have lost more matches in England’s elite competition in 2022 than the Lions (13), suggesting this could be another long weekend for the Villa faithful.

Manchester City

As evidenced by Man City’s pre-season United States Tour over the summer, the Cityzens’ fanbase in North America is expanding faster than the coronavirus pandemic (rest its soul). 

Much of the credit for the Cityzens’ worldwide recognition goes to their tremendous run of four Premier League titles in five seasons, the last of which came as a courtesy of a come-from-behind 3-2 win at Villa on the final day of 2021/22. 

The back-to-back Premier League winners have racked up a stellar 14 triumphs in their last 16 top-flight encounters against the Lions (D1, L1), and there’s a good chance they’ll make it 15 out of 17 on Saturday.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City potential line-ups

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne; Boubacar Kamara, Jacob Ramsey, Emiliano Buendia; Leon Bailey, Philippe Coutinho, Ollie Watkins.

Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Kyle Walker; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan; Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City prediction 

With Arsenal and Liverpool battling it out for the signature of Douglas Luiz on deadline day, Gerrard is about to lose a significant piece of his midfield jigsaw at the worst possible moment. 

The Brazilian’s imminent departure will likely open up more defensive holes in front of Emiliano Martinez’s goal, potentially leaving a highway for a ruthless Haaland to exploit.

So it’s reasonable to expect Man City to maintain their jaw-dropping streak of scoring 3+ goals in four consecutive Premier League fixtures and take home another clear-cut win.Aston Villa 1-4 Manchester City

Aston Villa vs Manchester City preview, potential line-ups & prediction

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