The Citizens requiring 11 more points to be assured of winning their third league title in the last four seasons under Pep Guardiola when Aston Villa host them in the Premier League on Wednesday. The match will take place at 00:30 IST on 22nd April. Find our Aston Villa vs Manchester City prediction below.
Villa is expected to remain without Grealish until early May after he recently suffering a setback in his road to recovery from a painful shin issue.
Trezeguet sustained a knee injury in the defeat to Liverpool and could miss the rest of the season. Anwar El Ghazi looks likely to replace the Egyptian winger on the left flank.
Morgan Sanson suffered a minor knock to his knee and should be named among the substitutes. The match against Man City is likely to come too soon for Wesley, who will hope to feature at some point before the end of the campaign as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following a serious knee injury.
Guardiola has seen his side’s lead at the top of the table dwindle in recent weeks and could be forced to field a stronger lineup. He rested several players in the Premier League loss at home to Leeds United last time out.
Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, and Bernardo Silva were all rested in the FA Cup loss to Chelsea. They could all come back into the starting lineup.
De Bruyne will miss the trip to Villa Park due to the foot and ankle injury he suffered at Wembley, the club announced. Gabriel Jesus will potentially lead the line as a more orthodox striker. Sergio Aguero could miss out again having been left out of the last two squads due to what Guardiola described as a “number of niggles”.
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Nakamba; Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi
Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
Manchester City will be desperate to avenge recent losses to Leeds and Chelsea. We expect City to win a close match on Wednesday with a win going a long way toward winning the club’s fifth league title.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City Prediction : 0-2