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Aston Villa vs Manchester City December 6 2023, 3:15 PM EDT
Aston Villa odds+350
Manchester City odds-138
Over\Under1.5 -625/+459

As bizarre as it may sound, this is an important clash. Aston Villa is fourth, while Manchester City is third after slipping up against Tottenham (3-3). 

  1. Arsenal – 33 points
  2. Liverpool – 31 points
  3. Manchester City – 30 points
  4. Aston Villa – 29 points
  5. Tottenham – 27 points

A win for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City would temporarily bring them level with Arsenal in the standings, a much-needed boost following their disappointing performance against Tottenham. 

However, this match is on Unai Emery’s turf, where his team has proven to be formidable, suffering only three losses in the Premier League this season (against Forest, Everton, and Liverpool). Aside from these setbacks, they have mostly secured victories in their other games, including a notable win against Brighton.

In his signature style, Unai Emery lines his team up in a classical 4-4-2 with Watkins and Diaby leading the attack upfront, similarly to how he’s often set up his team against other teams, such as Villarreal. 

Aston Villa vs Manchester City Main Match Info

Aston Villa vs Manchester City, Prediction, Odds

Though counter-attacking mid-blocks used to be Pep’s kryptonite, it’s expected that the Citizens will take the three points. With Pau Torres and Diego Carlos at the heart of the defence, Aston Villa suffers much instability, with both of their weaknesses (Pau is not physically imposing, while Carlos is not the smartest defender) being prone to City’s usual threats, endlessly finding the score. 

Although City is without Stones, with Akanji stepping into his role, the current form of Foden, Aké, and Alvarez presents a multitude of threats that Aston Villa’s defence may find overwhelming to contain. However, it will not be an easy victory either, with the likes of Diaby and Watkins showing great form and taking advantage of City’s average high position to counter in the few opportunities they will be given.

In this type of clash, Unai Emery prefers being over-defensive and posing a turtle shell to calm the storm, but City will be having none of that. 

Aston Villa vs Manchester City Betting Tip

Erling Haaland may not have scored in the last match, but he made his mark by providing an assist. Haaland’s reputation as a constant threat in front of goal is well-established. Facing two less formidable defenders, it’s hard to envision him being kept quiet. In fact, it seems more probable that he’ll find the net against Aston Villa. 

Even without De Bruyne’s presence, the team has the capability to continue delivering quality crosses to Haaland. Given Emery’s tendency towards overly defensive tactics, it’s likely that Aston Villa will eventually be overwhelmed.

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