Manchester City vs Aston Villa Prediction & Match Preview 3/4/24

Manchester City go head-to-head against Aston Villa on Wednesday. Read our Predictions and Betting Tips with Match Preview, Head-to-head stats (h2h) and Team Form Analysis.

This match will be played on 03/04/2024 at 22:15

Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Manchester City X Aston Villa

After failing to impress in a goalless draw with Arsenal. Man City will be looking to stay in the title race when they take on Aston Villa in yet another home fixture. The Citizens failed to create a descent goal-scoring opportunity against Mikel Arteta’s troops. But they are still seen as hot favourites to beat the Villans at their Etihad Stadium. Nathan Ake has joined fellow defender Kyle Walker in the recovery room, while first-choice goalkeeper Ederson should be fit to face Villa. John Stones is widely expected to replace Ake in the starting XI.

Unai Emery’s men, on the other hand, did well to beat Wolverhampton 2-0 at the weekend. With the team remaining in the Champions League berth. Man City, though, do not suit Aston Villa and given their 13-game losing run at Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, home win should be considered. John McGinn is banned for the match, while Jacob Ramsey is a major doubt.

How the bookies view it

Manchester City remain heavy favourites despite their punchless display on Sunday and their best price is just 3/10 with AUGBET. Aston Villa are a whopping 9/1 at 888Sport and even the draw is pretty big at 11/2.

Recent head to head

Aston Villa may have won when these sides faced off back in December but they had a terrible record before that in this fixture, going 15 games without a victory. The Etihad hasn’t been a happy hunting ground and you have to go back to 2007 for Villa’s last triumph there.

Players to watch

Phil Foden has a quiet game against Arsenal but has delivered so many times for Manchester City this season. The winger is 15/8 with AUGBET for anytime scorer while Betway price him at 13/5 for an assist.

With Ollie Watkins a major injury doubt for this one, Emery may have to rethink his tactics. I’d imagine Leon Bailey will start after impressing of late and he grabbed the winner. When Aston Villa beat Manchester City earlier in the season. The Jamaican is 11/2 at Paddy Power for another strike while SkyBet price him at 3/1 to either score or assist.

Manchester City vs Aston Villa Prediction

Manchester City have been struggling to get their offense going in recent weeks. They have scored one or fewer goals in five of the previous six Premier League matches. Guardiola’s troops did not show much offensively against Arsenal on Sunday either.

That said, we are still talking about Manchester City. They have conquered the planet last year and they are still among the very best teams in the world right now. The Citizens are unbeaten at Etihad Stadium this season. They will be super-motivated to rebound in style after subsequent league draws.

Aston Villa’s back line is anything but reliable despite the weekend’s clean sheet against injury-crippled Wolves. More importantly, the Lions will most likely be without their talisman Ollie Watkins on Wednesday. We will back Manchester City to have the lead at the half time and win the game at the end at the 1.83 odds.

As Erling Haaland has struggled to find his best form of late. Phil Foden has stepped up as the team’s hero in many recent matches. Foden was subbed out at the hour-mark of the weekend’s derby against Arsenal.

As Kevin De Bruyne played the full 90 minutes on Sunday. We would not be surprised to see the Belgian on the bench and Foden being trusted in the central attacking midfield role. Phil has 11 goals to his name so far in the season. We like the 2.87 odds offered for him to score anytime on Wednesday.

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