Manchester City will visit Aston Villa who will host the Premier League match on Wednesday. Citizens need 11 more points to be ensured of winning their next league title in the last four seasons under Pep Guardiola. Here is everything required to know about Aston Villa vs Manchester City predictions, lineups, and team news.
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Nakamba; Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi
Grealish is expected to be ruled out of Villa until early may as the England midfielder recently suffered a setback in his road to recovery from a painful shin issue.
Trezeguet is not available for the rest of the season after he injured his knee injury in the defeat to Liverpool, with Anwar El Ghazi possible to substitute the Egypt winger on the left flank. Otherwise, Smith could name an unchanged XI as he looks to pack the midfield once again.
Morgan Sanson should be named among the substitutes having been rested for the trip to Anfield due to a minor knock to his knee, but the match against Man City is likely to come too soon for Wesley, who will hope to feature at some point before the end of the campaign as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following a serious knee injury.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
Guardiola rested several players in the Premier League loss at home to Leeds United last time out and will be forced to field a stronger lineup after seeing his side’s lead at the top of the table dwindle in recent weeks.
Manchester City’s Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, and Bernardo Silva were all named as substitutes against Chelsea on Saturday and are expected to return to the starting lineup.
De Bruyne suffered foot and ankle injury at Wembley, therefore the club announced that the 29-year-old would miss the trip to Villa Park, although no timetable for his return to first-team action has been given.
With Gabriel Jesus potentially leading the line as a more orthodox striker once more, Sergio Aguero could miss out again having been left out of the last two squads due to what Guardiola described as a “number of niggles.”
Aston Villa vs Manchester City Prediction
Without Grealish, Villa will find it difficult to defeat City, who will be desperate to avenge recent losses to Leeds and Chelsea. To achieve club’s second league title a victory will go a long way and we expect City to win a close match on Wednesday.
Our Prediction: Aston Villa vs. Manchester City 0-2
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