The pressure is off of one of these sides, and it’s Aston Villa! We will be playing in the Premier League next season so we can play this game with zero fear and I want to see our team go for it! Villa played well in last weekends 3-1 win over Hull City, Weimann and Bowery were the two stand out players. There is a bit of pressure on City to get a result, all they need is 4 points to secure the title. This should be a good game, especially with Man. City looking for revenge after Aston Villa beat City earlier in the season 3-2.
James Milner could play against his former team tonight. Milner played for Aston Villa on two occasions, he was first sent out on loan to Villa for the 2005-2006 season making 27 appearances scoring 1 goal. In 2008 he transferred permanently for a club record fee of £12 million. Milner made 73 appearances scoring 11 goals over the course of two seasons. Milner moved to Man. City in 2010 for a deal of around £28.5 million, including a player exchange Stephen Ireland whose value was £8 million.
Sergio Aguero is out with an injury and will miss the game against Aston Villa. Jesus Navas has recovered from an ankle injury and is set to feature while Yaya Toure has recovered to full match fitness.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is a major doubt after limping off with a knee injury against Hull. Joe Bennett is still out with an ankle injury.
Manchester City have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League (L1).
Aston Villa have taken just two points from their last seven Barclays Premier League away games (D2 L5).
Man City need four goals to score 100 in a league season for the first time since 2001-02 (scored 108 in a 46-game second tier campaign).
Villa need three points from their last two Premier League games of 2013-14 to match the total they recorded last season (41).
Samir Nasri has scored or assisted a goal in six of his last nine PL apps for Man City.
Yaya Toure has scored or assisted 26 goals in 33 Premier League appearances this season – he had a hand in 12 goals in each of his previous three PL seasons.
Man City’s total of 57 home goals in the Premier League is 18 more than the Villans have in total (39).
Man. City 3-1 Aston Villa
It wouldn’t be a dumb idea to bet on a draw, Aston Villa have nothing to lose, so they could just go for it. Man City have an entire title to lose in the space of two games. Pressure will be on, but I still expect City to score a couple of goals. Dzeko has been playing really well and a fit Yaya Toure is almost impossible to stop. Aston Villa have seriously struggled to score goals, Weimann did well but I think he’ll be closely marked. Still, this is the Premier League and anything can happen.