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 fast opening from the Premier League challengers
With Liverpool slipping up in their last two matches, Manchester City are in a fantastic position to reclaim the Premier League title they lost to Manchester United last season.

The Citizens 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.

City come into this match after a hard-fought victory last time out against Everton away from home. Manuel Pellegrini's men went behind before eventually coming out on top 3-2. This win was City's third on the bounce and 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 Man 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 grasp the initiative in matches. Pellegrini's men have netted at least two goals in the first half of their last three games.

The price of City to score two 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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