Manchester City are looking for a third win in their last six away Premier League games when they travel to struggling Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
Pep Guardiola’s champions have lost two of their previous five away trips, including a 3-2 defeat at Wolves last time out, but will hope to get back on track at Villa Park.
Sitting in 17th, Villa have picked up just one of their 20 points against a team currently in the top-half, although they will take some heart from Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Leicester in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City Latest Odds
bet365 make Man City just 2/11 (1.18) to pick up a seventh away win of the season and do the double over Villa, having eased to a 3-0 win against them back in October.
Dean Smith’s men are 12/1 (13.0) to spring a shock by handing City their sixth defeat of the season and giving the hosts their third win in four.
Villa have drawn just one of their last 14 Premier League fixtures and it is 7/1 (8.0) that these sides share the points on Sunday afternoon.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City Team News
Pep Guardiola made a raft of changes for City’s 3-1 win over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, but should revert to a stronger line-up here.
Villa fielded arguably their strongest starting XI on Wednesday and should do so again with Tom Heaton and Wesley both out for the season.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City Preview
With a 14-point gap to make up on leaders Liverpool in the next 18 matches, City can ill afford to drop many more points this season.
It is unlikely they will slip up in the West Midlands, considering the odds, and with 27 away goals to their name – more than any other team in the league - should have few problems seeing off the Villans.
That being said, their defence remains a problem with just two clean sheets in their last 18 games in all competitions, whilst Villa have scored in each of their last seven Premier League games in front of their own fans.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City Tips and Predictions
With all that in mind, Man City to win and both teams to score at 5/4 (2.25) looks the best bet for this Sunday afternoon Premier League fixture.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.