Manchester City - Aston Villa Betting Preview: Expect a lightning start from the hosts in their quest for the title

With destiny in their own hands, Manuel Pellegrini's men face Paul Lambert's side at home, with our tipster backing a quick start from the hosts
With Liverpool slipping up in their last two matches, Manchester City are in a fantastic position to reclaim their Premier League title they lost to Manchester United last season.

City face Aston Villa on Wednesday with a chance to jump above the Merseysiders in the league with the final game of the season being played at the weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini's men come into this match after a hard fought victory last time out against Everton away from home. They went behind before eventually coming out on top 3-2. This win saw City win their last three on the bounce which has put them in a strong position to claim the title. Paddy Power price them at 1/7 (1.14) to take the much needed three points.

Aston Villa picked up a vital win at the weekend, beating Hull City 3-1 at Villa Park to confirm their place in the Premier League next season. This brought an end to a run of six games without a win, with five losses in that period.

Paul Lambert's men have struggled towards the end of the season and will be delighted to have staved off relegation with the City match to play and Tottenham away next weekend. Paddy Power price them at 16/1 (17.00) to cause an upset, with the draw priced at 15/2 (8.50).

With a one-sided affair expected, it's tough to find value in backing City in a game they must win. With Villa having nothing to play for, it would be a big ask for them to come to Eastlands and put a dent in City's title hopes.

With over 2.5 goals and the anytime goalscorer bets also very skinny, it's worth looking elsewhere to find value.

City have fired out of the blocks in recent weeks to really take the games they are playing by the horns. Pellegrini's men have netted at least two goals in the first half of their last three matches.

The price of City to score 2 or more goals in the first half at 5/4 (2.25) is certainly worth backing with Paddy Power. With Villa conceding nine goals in their last three away games, expect City to overrun a side with nothing to play for.

Despite missing Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure will be able to fill his boots, with the pair firing on all cylinders at the moment.

Over 1.5 first half goals from Manchester City at 5/4 (2.25) 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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