Aston Villa vs Manchester City Predictions and Betting Tips

20:15, Dec 01 2021
Aston Villa vs Manchester City predictions for Wednesday’s Premier League fixture at Villa Park. Champions City travel to Birmingham off the back of three straight Premier League wins and five straight overall. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City key stats

  • Aston Villa are 15th in the form table with two wins and four losses, however, their two wins have come in their last two matches.
  • Man City are top of the form table with five wins and one loss, scoring 13 goals during this time while conceding just four.
  • Aston Villa are the second worst first half team in the league. They’ve only been winning at half-time in two matches out of 13 and have scored only four goals.
  • Man City perform slightly better in the first half of games compared to the second half. They’ve been winning seven times out of 13 and have conceded just one first half goal all season.

Villa on Targett again

Aston Villa made it two wins out of two for new boss Steven Gerrard as he became the first Villa manager since John Gregory in 1998 to win his first two Premier League matches in charge.

In an entertaining game, Villa took the lead early as Matt Targett scored, then Villa secured all three points with a late goal from John McGinn to make it 2-0 as Crystal Palace were threatening an equaliser. Palace later scored a consolation deep into injury time.

Gerrard will face the toughest test of his young managerial career as Villa welcome a rampant Manchester City to Villa Park.

Five of the best from City

Man City won at home to West Ham on Sunday to take their winning streak in all competitions to five.

Goals from Ilkay Gundogan and late substitute Fernandinho secured the three points. West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini scored a very late consolation for the Hammers.

After watching leaders Chelsea drop points to Manchester United, City will see this as an ideal opportunity to keep the pressure firmly on the Londoners with a win away against a resurgent Villa.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City predictions

This game now looks to be a tougher challenge for Man City than it may have done a month ago, however, City alongside Liverpool and Chelsea are playing in a league of their own and we can’t see Villa upsetting the apple cart.

Due to the differences in first half form between the two sides we believe Man City will take a first half lead and keep Villa at bay. We therefore predict that Man City half-time, Man City full-time.

Aston Villa are a far better second half team than first half. At home they’ve scored eight second half goals compared to just three first half goals. Although we believe City will win this one reasonably comfortably, we predict Villa will score in the second half.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City team news

Aston Villa team news

Ashley Young may keep his place after an assist and an overall good performance against Crystal Palace.

Emiliano Buendia and Danny Ings are competing for recalls to the starting line-up.

Manchester City team news

Kevin De Bruyne could make the bench after his absence due to Covid-19.

Former Villa star, Jack Grealish has missed the last few games with a knock and also looks set to miss out on a return to Villa Park here.

Also missing the past few games, Phil Foden looks the likeliest of these three to make a return to the team. Ferran Torres continues to miss out with a foot injury.

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