After thumping Italian outfit Atalanta 5-1 in the Champions League in midweek, Manchester City’s attentions turn back to the Premier League and keeping up with Liverpool at the top of the table. City host Aston Villa on Saturday lunchtime.
For Pep Guardiola’s men to score exactly five goals for the second game in a row, it is 11/2. Raheem Sterling scored a highly impressive hattrick on Tuesday night too, and the England winger is 4/7 to net anytime or even 17/2 to replicate his treble.
Villa must not be underestimated however. The last time the Citizens took on a newly-promoted team was in that 3-2 defeat to Norwich City.
Dean Smith’s side are similarly a tidy footballing team in possession too and could even lay claim to be more structurally sound than their Norfolk counterparts.
It is 25/1 for an ambitious Villa clean sheet and a double chance of draw or away win.
With that being said, goals should be expected at the Etihad. Though it will take something special for Villa to recreate that aforementioned Norwich 3-2 win (125/1), over 2.5 goals at 2/9 for both teams seems a given.
Goals from midfield are also a common feature shared by both sides.
Jack Grealish has been involved in four in his last four league games and is 10/1 to score anytime here. For City, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne are priced at 7/4 and 5/4 respectively too.
The last time Villa won three consecutive Premier League matches was under Martin O’Neill in April 2010, with their last win over reigning top-flight champions coming in December 2009 also.
All signs point to a City win (1/12).
That illusive Champions League trophy may well be this season’s priority, but allowing Liverpool to waltz away with the league title like they seem to be doing at this moment in time will definitely be at the forefront of Guardiola’s mind as well.