Man City v Aston Villa: Citizens to show their mettle


MANCHESTER CITY welcome Aston Villa to The Etihad on Saturday . Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) analyses the encounter.

Manchester City v Aston Villa | Saturday 26th October 2019, 12:30 | BT Sport

Manchester City are back in action on Saturday lunchtime, looking to eat into Liverpool’s advantage at the top of the league. They face an Aston Villa side that got a dramatic win last time out against Brighton thanks to Matt Targett’s late winner.

Since their shock defeat at home against Wolves, City have won both games they have played and scored seven goals in the process. They look like they are back on track and they should get more help at the back with John Stones coming back to fitness. City haven’t turned into a bad side overnight and they are clear favourites to win this game at 1/11 (Bet365).

Pep Guardiola’s side often get off to a fast start and are relentless when they get a lead. They’ll be up against Villa side that have conceded 13 goals in nine games. City to win and Over 2.5 Goals is 2/7 (Blacktype) which shows the expectancy of goals in this game.

This match isn’t an easy one for punters as the majority of goal angles are very short odds. One angle I do like is for Bernardo Silva to assist a goal for his side at 2/1(Ladbrokes).

Silva is playing at a high level and he is a creative force in this Man City side and he has two assists this term in eight Premier League games and I think if he gets the nod to start he should be able to unlock this Villa defence. Silva actually has five assists in 18 games this season, which is an assist every 3.06 games.

I mentioned that City should have Stones back and I think if they are able to start recognised centre-backs they could nullify what is a decent Villa attack. City to win ‘to nil' is 10/11 (Sport Pesa). I like this angle if City are able to get Stones and Nicolas Otamendi in the side as they should be able to have a more solid midfield by pushing Fernandinho back into their usual roles in midfield.

City have also kept three clean sheets this term and they’ll also dominate possession which should help to aide their cause for a clean sheet.

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Manchester City v Aston Villa – Bernardo Silva to assist a goal (2/1 Ladbrokes)

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