Manchester City vs Aston Villa is the upcoming match in the Premier League as Manchester City look to lift the EPL trophy for third straight season on the last day.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Match Preview:
It’s difficult to imagine a scenario where Pep Guardiola’s machine-like side lose out on both the domestic title and Champions League in the space of a few days, although it could somehow be the case.
Only a win will completely ensure City wrap up their fourth League title in five years and the fact Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is in the opposite dugout simply cannot be ignored.
Their performance against West Ham was slightly concerning and Aston Villa’s ability to push Liverpool close last week does suggest City could be in for a nervy afternoon. That, however, is something City are more than experienced in.
Manchester City could yet be handed a couple of injury boosts ahead of the final day of the season, with Kyle Walker and John Stones both returning to team training earlier this week after initial fears that they would miss the rest of the campaign.
Stones could displace Fernandinho at centre-back if he is fit enough, but Walker may not be risked, and Guardiola will definitely be without Ruben Dias and his new hamstring injury.
Guardiola did not make a single substitution at the London Stadium and may elect to keep Grealish in the starting XI against his former club, although Raheem Sterling could still return if penalty villain Riyad Mahrez makes way.
As for Villa, defender Ezri Konsa has begun his 16-week road to recovery from a serious knee injury, and he is joined in the treatment room by Kortney Hause and his troublesome abdominal problem.
Leon Bailey is also facing an uphill battle to make himself available due to a foot injury, and the quick turnaround should tempt Gerrard into a couple of alterations, starting with either Bertrand Traore or Philippe Coutinho displacing Carney Chukwuemeka.
Calum Chambers will continue to partner Mings at the back while Hause and Konsa remain out, while Danny Ings – another former Liverpool man – could provide some welcome fresh legs in the final third.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Head to Head:
Manchester City have dominated the recent head-to-head record between the two sides, having won all of their last five meetings.City came away as 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Manchester City boast the best defensive and attacking records in the league having scored 96 goals and only conceded 24 in their 37 games this campaign.
Recent performances in all competitions:
4-0 win over Leeds United
3-1 loss against Real Madrid
5-0 win over Newcastle United
5-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers
2-2 draw against West Ham United
2-0 win over Norwich City
3-1 win over Burnley
2-1 loss against Liverpool
1-1 draw against Crystal Palace
1-1 draw against Burnley
Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Predicted Line-ups:
Manchester City:Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Sterling, Jesus, Grealish
Aston Villa:Martinez; Cash, Chambers, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey; Coutinho; Watkins, Ings.