In the Premier League, Aston Villa will host Manchester City on Thursday, 12:45 AM IST. And we’ve made some educated predictions about this Aston Villa vs Manchester City.
The Citizens require 11 more points to win their third league title in the last four seasons under Pep Guardiola. Guardiola recently commented on his club’s decision to participate in the Super League.
Jack Grealish recently suffered a setback in his road to recovery from a painful shin issue. So, Villa will play without the England midfielder until early May.
Trezeguet could miss the rest of the season after sustaining a knee injury in the defeat to Liverpool. Anwar El Ghazi will likely replace the Egypt winger on the left flank.
On the other hand, the head coach may go with an unchanged XI, heavy on the midfield once again.
Morgan Sanson will likely be among the substitutes. He’s also rested for the trip to Anfield due to a minor knock to his knee.
Wesley is still working his way back to full fitness following a serious knee injury. So, he will remain absent for the match against Man City, but hopes to play before season end.
Aston Villa possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Nakamba; Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi
Guardiola’s team have seen their Premier League lead dwindle and they need a stronger lineup to reclaim three points.
City lost to Leeds United at home recently, but that was because Pep rested several players.
Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, and Bernardo Silva will start on Thursday. They were all named as substitutes against Chelsea on Saturday.
The club has announced that De Bruyne will miss the trip to Villa Park. He is crippled under the foot and ankle injury he suffered at Wembley. However, no timetable for his return to first-team action has been given.
Sergio Aguero could miss out again having been left out of the last two squads too.
Thus, Gabriel Jesus will potentially lead the line as a more orthodox striker once more.
Manchester City possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
- Villa will be without Grealish, and thus may not be able to put a glove on City.
- City, moreover, want to recover from losses to Leeds and Chelsea.
- A win will go a long way toward winning the club’s second league title, and we expect City to win a close match on Wednesday.