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- Manchester City have won each of their last nine Premier League away games.
- Man City have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last four matches.
Villains slip into bottom half
Aston Villa’s poor form in 2021 has finally caught up with them and their 2-1 reverse at Liverpool last weekend knocked the Villains into the bottom half of the Premier League table for the first time since December.
Dean Smith’s side have now won just four of their last 13 top-flight fixtures and a campaign that promised so much in its early exchanges now looks like petering out to a limp finish.
With the hugely influential Jack Grealish still out injured and many of their other players looking tired, the out of sorts Villains look ill-equipped to upset Manchester City’s title charge on Wednesday evening.
City blow quadruple chance
Manchester City’s hopes of landing a historic quadruple this season collapsed on Saturday when they were edged out by Chelsea in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley.
With one piece of silverware off the table, City will be determined to wrap up the Premier League title as quickly as possible, and a victory at Villa Park on Wednesday would re-establish an 11-point lead at the summit ahead of Manchester rivals United in second.
The Citizens will likely have to pursue points in the Midlands without Kevin de Bruyne however, after the Belgian midfielder came off injured against Chelsea.
Back City to bounce back
Manchester City have rebounded with a victory straight after every defeat they have suffered so far this season, and the Citizens’ powers of recovery should allow them to bounce back with a win at Aston Villa on Wednesday.
City have been dominant in this fixture, winning each of their last six encounters with the Villains and the champions-elect can claim three points for the tenth straight Premier League away game at Villa’s expense this week.
Pep Guardiola’s defence has looked a little less assured of late however, keeping zero clean sheets in their last four assignments, and Villa – who have notched in nine of their last 12 home games – could grab a consolation effort.
With that considered, the City win and both teams to score combination is worth backing at the prices on offer, while our 2-1 correct score prediction tips the Citizens to net twice for the sixth time in eight fixtures.
Aston Villa injuries and team news
Jack Grealish is joined on the sidelines by Trezeguet after the winger sustained a knee injury, while Wesley is also absent as he continues his recovery from a long-term issue.
Morgan Sanson will hope to be available having missed Villa’s defeat at Liverpool however.
Manchester City injures and team news
Sergio Aguero is still out for Man City, while Kevin de Bruyne also looks set for a spell in the treatment room having come off injured against his former club Chelsea.
Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Ederson are in line for recalls having been benched in the FA Cup semifinal.
- Aston Villa have failed to score in six of their last eight meetings with Manchester City in the Premier League
- No other team has scored in more of their Premier League games this season than Manchester City’s total of 29
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