Aston Villa vs Manchester City
After two impressive victories over Manchester United and Wigan Athletic, high-flying Manchester City side will be looking to record yet another win when they take on Aston Villa, who are facing a lot of injury problems ahead of Saturdayˈs showdown at Villa Park.
Aston Villa did remarkably well to pick up all three points at Carrow Road after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Canaries. Nevertheless, it has to be noted that the hosts missed a chance to take the lead from the penalty spot in the first half as Bradley Guzan saved Robert Snodgrassˈs shot. The Villans did record a victory, but the bad news is that key players Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke both suffered injuries, meaning that the duo will miss the match against Manchester City on Saturday. In midweek game against Tottenham Paul Lambertˈs men were defeated 4-0 in the Capital One Cup, but the most important thing for the Villans is to continue with good displays in the Premier League. Last season Aston Villa avoided the relegation in the season finale and it seems as if the team will fight for the Premier League survival for yet another term. Seeing that Paul Lambertˈs team host Manchester City with key men missing, I am not sure if they are capable of avoiding defeat at their Villa Park this time out.
Agbonlahor, Westwood, NˈZogbia, Okore and Gardner are all sidelined for Manchester City game. Key players Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke also miss Saturdayˈs match.
A magnificent Manchester City display earned them a 4-1 victory over bitter city rivals in the Manchester Derby. The Citizens continued with excellent displays on Tuesday as they trashed Wigan 5-0 in the Capital One Cup match, with newly-signed striker Stevan Jovetic scoring a brace on his debut. The confidence is soaring at the Etihad Stadium ahead of the clash against Aston Villa and this will be an ideal chance for Manuel Pellegriniˈs men to record a victory on the road. Manchester City have yet to win on the travels this term as they lost to Cardiff City and played out a draw with Stoke. On the other hand, the Citizens are on a three-match winning run at their Etihad Stadium after they outplayed Manchester United, but in order to make this victory even more valuable, the team need to defeat the Villans on Saturday. Kun Aguero and Alvaro Negredo are likely to return to the starting line-up after the duo was rested in the midweek game against Wigan Athletic.
David Silva will be ready to play against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but he will miss the game against Aston Villa. Argentine defender Martin Demchelis is still sidelined with injury.
Given that Manchester City have outplayed Aston Villa in last four Premier League encounters and considering that the hosts will be severely-weakened on Saturday afternoon, everything but the Citizens victory in this match will be a major surprise. Manuel Pellegriniˈs men face a must-win situation in every match they play as they are fighting for yet another Premier League title.
Pick: Manchester City
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