- Man City have kept eight clean sheets in their last 10 home games in all competitions.
- Man City have won each of their last eight matches in all competitions.
- Aston Villa have dropped points in seven of their last 12 league assignments.
- Man City have won seven and drawn two of their last nine Premier League fixtures.
City eyeing top spot
Manchester City can move to the summit of the Premier League table with a victory against Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium this week, where the defensively robust Citizens look capable of securing another clean sheet along with three points.
Pep Guardiola’s increasingly formidable charges flexed their considerable muscle with a comfortable 4-0 triumph in their last outing at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday, pushing their winnings streak to eight games in all competitions in the process.
Remarkably, City have shipped just two goals in their last 720 minutes of football, and on Wednesday, the dominant Sky Blues are targeting their fifth shutout on the spin at the Etihad Stadium.
Villa could be rusty
Aston Villa’s first team players will have gone 19 days without a game by the time Wednesday’s fixture rolls around, following some COVID-19 led disruption to their calendar, and match rhythm could be difficult to find as a result.
The Villains dropped to 10th place in the league while the teams around them continued to play on, and Dean Smith’s men now have three games in hand to squeeze into their already packed schedule.
City to keep Villa at arm’s length
With summer signing Ruben Dias continuing to excel and mid-week two goal hero John Stone’s resurgence an added bonus, Manchester City have been defending exceptionally well this season, and Citizens have conceded just once in 10 matches when those centre-halves have been paired together.
City are conceding fewer shots per game on average (7.4) than any other team in the Premier League in 2020/21, and their watertight backline has been beaten just three times in their last nine league assignments overall.
Armed with an eight-match winning streak in all competitions, Man City are playing with confidence with and without possession at present, and the Citizens are favoured to win to nil for the seventh time in eight games at the Etihad against Aston Villa this week.
The Villains impressed in this season’s early exchanges, though a run of dropping points in seven of their last 12 league matches points to a return to the mean. A purring City with their eyes on top spot should prove too strong for their misfiring visitors on Wednesday, and our 3-0 correct score prediction points to a comfortable home win for the Citizens.
Manchester City injuries and team news
Pep Guardiola has a clean bill of healthy and selection dilemmas galore ahead of City’s meeting with Aston Villa, with Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake all just about ready to go.
Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden will all want to force their way back into the XI having been rested aganst Palace.
Aston Vila injuries and team news
Aston Villa’s had a large number of positive coronavirus cases, including ten first team players, to contend with, and at present it’s unclear who will or won’t be available for them at the Etihad Stadium.