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- Man City have won four of their last five home league games by three or more goals.
- City have won each of their last eight games against Aston Villa.
- Pep Guardiola’s men have scored five goals in three of their last five league games.
- Ex-Villa star Jack Grealish scored a key goal against West Ham last time out for City.
City on verge of title defence
Manchester City entertain Aston Villa on Sunday knowing a win will be enough to secure the Premier League title irrespective of how Liverpool fare against Wolves.
For a long time it looked as if City would run away with the league but Liverpool have managed to fight back and take the battle to the final day of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s men have had a few slip-ups along the way and there is the intriguing sub-plot of Reds legend Steven Gerrard in the opposite dugout on Sunday, but it is still hard to see the defending champions falling short this weekend.
Handicap market appeals
City were held at West Ham in their last league outing and they have failed to win four of their last 10 games in all competitions, but all of those setbacks came away from the Etihad Stadium.
The league leaders thrashed an in-form Newcastle side 5-0 in their last home assignment and have four wins in their last five at home, drawing once with title rivals Liverpool. All of those wins came by three or more goals and a home win with a -2 handicap is the main bet.
Villa were in action on Thursday as they played out a 1-1 draw with a Burnley outfit scrapping for survival. Gerrard’s men put plenty of effort into that game, and with nothing other than pride to play for here they could well be overrun by City.
Another five-star showing?
City have scored five goals in three of their last five Premier League games, hitting four against Leeds and two against West Ham, so it may pay off to be bold with our correct score prediction and a 5-1 win for the hosts is the pick.
Villa have only failed to score in one of their last six away and could get on the scoresheet, but the home side have enough quality to claim a comfortable win regardless.
Jack Grealish has perhaps underwhelmed since his move to City from Villa last summer but he did grab a goal in the comeback draw against West Ham last time out. Players do have a habit of scoring against their former clubs and the England international looks a good option as an anytime scorer bet at odds-against.
Manchester City predicted lineup: Ederson, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko, Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus, Grealish
Aston Villa predicted lineup: Martinez, Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey, Coutinho, Watkins, Ings
- Manchester City’s last five Premier League matches have finished with four goals or more
- Win & BTTS has been a winner in three of Manchester City’s last four Premier League meetings with Aston Villa
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