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Manchester City are coming in hot after the Manchester Derby and will now face Aston Villa on the road. The hosts played for a draw in the same competition and the two teams will now focus on Premier League duties. Manchester City have been in solid form lately but the title is almost gone.
Date/Time: 1-12-2020, 11:30 EST
Spread: Manchester City -2.25
Total: 3.75 Goals
Aston Villa (6-12-3) were really effective in their last league match against Burnley on the road. They scored two quick goals and were solid on the defense to win by 2-1. After that they lost to Fulham by 1-2 in the FA Cup but played for a 1-1 draw on the road against Leicester in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. Aston Villa will return home after four matches on the road but this is a tough one. They are sitting 17th in the league table with 21 points, just one above the red line. They have been quite feisty at home so far (4-4-2) but mediocre lately (2-3-0).
On the other hand, Manchester City (14-5-2) fought hard but eventually beat Everton by 1-2 at home in their last match. After that they easily overcame Port Vale by 0-4 in the FA Cup. And in their most recent match they blasted Manchester United by 3-1 on the road in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. They have kept just two clean sheets in their last 18 matches in all competitions though. City are now third in the league with 44 points, one behind Leicester and 14 behind Liverpool. They have lost more than they should on the road (6-3-1). But they have scored multiple goals in 14 of their 16 away matches in all competitions so far.
Manchester City easily overcame Aston Villa by 0-3 at home earlier in the season. They have now lost just once in their last 14 matches in all competitions against Aston Villa (11-1-2). Manchester City have been quite solid in this venue over the past two decades (8-4-6). I think that the spread is a little off on this one so I am going with the home team.
Premier League Aston Villa vs Manchester City Prediction: Aston Villa +2.25 (-103)
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