Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Match preview, key facts, team news, and predicted lineups

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Premier League Matchday 14 is all set to be underway as the defending champions Manchester City travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Manchester City is 2nd in the Premier League table. Just one point behind league leaders Chelsea and City will be hoping to put more pressure on the leaders with a win over Villa. While Aston Villa is 13th in the Premier League table. Aston Villa has picked up 16 points from 13 games so far.

Manchester City are coming off a good 2-1 win against Top-4 contenders West Ham United. While Aston Villa had a shaky start to the season. But since Steven Gerrard’s appointment, the club has won two games in a row. Last time out Aston Villa beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Key Facts

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  • Aston Villa have lost 12 of their last 14 Premier League meetings with Manchester City.
  • Villa have conceded 39 goals against City in these 14 fixtures.
  • The Citizens have won 10 out of their last 11 meetings with Villa in all competitions.
  • The Villans have lost 13 out of their last 154 league meetings with the reigning Premier League champions.
  • In the 2020-21 season, Aston Villa won just one of their eight midweek(Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) Premier League games.
  • The Premier League champions have won their last 15 matches played on Wednesday. Scoring 36 goals and conceded just six in this time.

Team news

Aston Villa winger Trezeguet is close to making his return back from injury but this clash is too early for his return. Fellow winger Bertrand Traore is still a few weeks away from full fitness.

Douglas Luiz initially saw a red card after just seven minutes since coming on. But the red card was later turned to a yellow card by VAR and the midfielder should be fine to face City. Luiz could start ahead of Marvelous Nakamba who has played in the last few games.

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Steven Gerrard may also call upon the likes of Danny Ings and Anwar El Ghazi to provide some fresh legs in the starting line-up. Former Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish is a major doubt for the clash.

Kevin De Bruyne is again likely to miss the clash due to the coronavirus infection. Phil Foden is a massive doubt. Ferran Torres is still recovering from his foot fracture. John Stones will definitely come in for Aymeric Laporte who is suspended for the fixture.

Predicted lineups

Manchester City:

Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

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Aston Villa:

Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Ramsey, Buendia, Ings, Watkins

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