Manchester City VS Aston Villa Prediction
Manchester City and Aston Villa will close the English football schedule in Saturday, when the clash on “Etihad Stadium” in Manchester will cause the interest for all fans of the English football. “The Citizens” will have to defend their top 4 position, since Man City lost in their previous two Premier League games before to win over West Ham United in the last round. Now, five rounds before the end of season 2014-2015, “The Sky Blues” are with 7 points over the team of Liverpool, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men should be careful, because “The Reds” have 1 game less and every wrong step by Manchester’s club can be punished by Liverpool, if they manage to win their postponed game vs Hull, and the Saturday’s clash against WBA as well. However we are sure that top 4 finish won’t be something that will satisfy City’s board and we believe that the Chilean manager of the club can be sacked after the season’s end, or at least we won’t be surprised if this happens. But we are not Manchester City’s board, so we must focus only over the upcoming fixture and current reality is that Pellegrini is still manager at “Etihad Stadium” and the 61 years old manager will lead his club during the clash against Aston Villa.
His colleague, who was appointed as a manager of “The Villans” only less than 2 months ago, has already won the sympathy of the fans and Aston Villa will travel from Birmingham to Manchester in a great mood. “The Villans” are currently on 15th position with 32 points, which means that the club from Birmingham is with only 4 points over the teams of Hull City and Leicester City, who are respectively 17th and 18th in the EPL’s table, so for now Aston Villa can breathe calmly because they won’t be dropped in the relegation zone if they lose at “Etihad”, but we’re sure that Aston Villa’s approach will be exactly like in the last two games. Tim Sherwood’s presence at “Villa Park” is already admired and the English manager can be delighted from the last two results of his club, as Aston Villa manage to earn all the points from their last Premier League challenge – 1:0 win at “White Hart Lane”, where Tim Sherwood took his sweet revenge from his former club – Tottenham, while the last game of Aston Villa was in The FA Cup. “The Villans” had the opportunity to taste “Wembley” football, when in Sunday afternoon Aston Villa knocked Liverpool from the semifinals of the oldest football competition in the world, when Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph’s goals were crucial for the comeback which Aston Villa did against “The Reds” from Merseyside – from 0:1 to 2:1. The victory against Liverpool secured a final place in The FA Cup, where Aston Villa will have an opportunity to fight with Arsenal for the trophy, but this will be their last game for this season – on 30th of May. First of all Tim Sherwood must focus over the remaining 5 matches of his side, and the first one from them will be in Manchester, where Aston Villa already had suffered one defeat in the beginning of the current month – 1:3 vs Manchester United. Now “The Lions” will return with hopes to achieve something different from the “Sky Blue” team of Manchester but the main task of Sherwood will be to keep his players on the earth, mostly the youngsters. The job is far from done and we are quite sure that Aston Villa’s priority is the Premier League, while the domestic cup is just a bonus, since the club is without a trophy since season 1995–96, when Aston Villa lifted the League Cup.
Betting prediction and possible starting squads of Manchester City and Aston Villa – EPL 25.04.2015
Manchester City will have the role of favourite here and “The Citizens” will chase their fifth consecutive home success in the Premier League and we must mention that they’ve recorded clean sheets in all of them – 2:0 wins over Leicester City and West Ham, 3:0 over WBA and the 5:0 win over Newcastle United, which marked the start of this streak. However the home efforts remained in the background of the Champions League elimination, and in the 2:4 defeat in the Manchester derby, two weeks ago. Now Manuel Pellegrini’s side will chase the win and the most logical thing here will be if “The Citizens” manage to achieve their 8th successive home win against Aston Villa in the EPL.
“The Villans” remain the team with least scored goals in the league (only 24) but we believe that Aston Villa hos nothing to lose here. That’s why we will repeat our bet from the last Manchester trip of Aston Villa – Both teams to score. Belgian striker Christian Benteke is with 6 goals in his last 4 appearances, which adds extra confidence into our bet, especially when his compatriot Vincent Kompany will miss the game.
Possible starting XI:
Manchester City: Hart – Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov – Fernando, Fernandinho – Nasri, Toure, Silva – Agüero. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players – Vincent Kompany, Steven Jovetic. Doubtful: Gaël Clichy, James Milner, Wilfried Bony.
Aston Villa: Guzan – Richardson, Vlaar, Okore, Bacuna – Cleverley, Westwood, Delph – N’Zogbia, Grealish – Benteke. (4-3-2-1)
Missing players – Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker, Alan Hutton, Chris Herd, Aly Cissokho, Philippe Senderos, Libor Kozak, Gabriel Agbonlahor (last one is doubtful).