Manchester City vs Aston Villa Premier League – Match preview and betting tips

City vs Villa bettingManchester City will host Aston Villa today in the Premier League at 16:00 CET in what could be a determining match in the fourth place race for the two teams. The importance of the match for both clubs is immense and it could easily turn out to be one of the most interesting games of the season. We have looked at the two teams before the battle and found some interesting betting tips.

Three teams left

At the moment three teams are battling for the last Champions League ticket in the Premier League, where all three clubs could qualify for the first time. Before today’s matches Tottenham and Aston are level in points, while Manchester City is one point behind, but both Tottenham and Manchester City have a game in hand. This leaves Tottenham in the driving seat before this round and forces both Manchester City and Aston Villa to win today, if they are to reach the Champions League playoffs.

Aston Villa looks very strong going into the match today as they are undefeated in the last five matches. Recently they have won against Portsmouth, Hull and Birmingham, with two of the games played away. On the other hand Manchester City played 0-0 away against Arsenal, while they lost 0-1 to Manchester at home and won 5-1 home against Birmingham. But although 1-1-1 is not very impressive, you have to take the opponents strength into consideration, and the fact that they were unlucky not to draw against Manchester United.

Manchester City has a few problems before today’s game after goalkeeper Shay Given’s injury against Arsenal. At the same time Emmanuel Adebayor and Gareth Barry are doubtful, which might force manager Mancini to play with only one man in front like last week. Aston Villa manager O’Neill reported only just a couple of problems, which likely means they will have a full squad today.

Previous tie

This season the two teams played 1-1 at Aston Villa in their previous encounter and we will likely see a close match again today. Manchester City have invested a lot of money before this season and they are the favorite on paper. At the same time Carlos Tevez seems in very good shape this season with 22 league goals and could be the deciding factor today.

The match odds for today’s game are at 1.83 for Manchester City to win, 3.40 for the draw and 4.50 for Aston Villa to win at 888sport. Our prediction for the match will be Manchester City to win, which are more than playable at 1.83. Their many expensive players should come to shine in today’s match, where their routine should play a big part. At the same time we expect quite a lot of goals today and another good betting tip could be over 2.5 goals in the match, which can be played at odds 1.83 at 888sport. None of the teams can really use a draw and they are both likely to attack, if they concede goals today, making over 2.5 goals a great bet.

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