AVL vs MCI Dream11: Following Leicester City's 1-2 defeat at home against Southampton, Manchester City can finally move to the second spot when they play Aston Villa in the Premier League at Villa Park on Sunday night (IST). Credit to Brendan Rodgers' men for invading into the place between Liverpool and City in the title race, but the reality is seemingly dawning on the Foxes now and the best they can hope is to hold onto the third place.
The reigning champions playing for the second place!
Liverpool are not giving City even a whiff in the title race and continue to rack up wins, with the latest for the Reds coming against arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur. The 0-1 win steered Jurgen Klopp's men 17 points clear of City.
Pep Guardiola'sknows it's mission impossible to catch Liverpool in the title race. The former Barcelona manager also resigned to the fact that the best and the realistic position for his team his season is second. As things stand, City are 3rd but will be moving to second with a win at Villa Park.
Villa in danger!
When Aston Villa earned the promotion back to the Premier League back in the summer, the notion was tossed again and again that Villa are too big a club to spend life in the Championship. But Villa are finding it hard to cope with the ambitions and fans hopes. They are very much in the relegation scuffle this season, and there's more than a possibility that the Villa could drop back to the 2nd tier after only one season.
Host: Aston Villa
Visitors: Manchester City
Competition: Premier League
Match Venue: Villa Park
Match Timing: Sunday night, January 12, @10:00 PM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Aston Villa to win: 4.75 (15/4), Probability to happen: 21.05%
Manchester City to win: 1.66 (33/50), Probability to happen: 60.24%
Draw: 4.20 (16/5), Probability to happen: 23.82%
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Aston Villa vs Manchester City Team News:
Aston Villa Team News: Villa head coach Den Smith confirmed that striker Jonathan Kondjia, who is being linked with a move the Nottingham Forest, is a doubt for the game due to an illness. Though, even if the 30-year-old was fit, he wouldn't have featured straightaway.
Tom Heaton is out of the match due to an injury and is joined by Jed Steer, John McGinn, Keinan Davis, and striker Wesley.
Left-back Matt Targett is reportedly fit following a hamstring injury and may start the game, while new signing Danny Drinkwater, who arrived from Chelsea on a season-long loan, could make his debut against City.
Villa won back-to-back games after a while and that could force Smith to stick with the 3-man backline. Though, the wing-backs could eventually fall back to form a back-five against the mighty Manchester City.
Astin Villa key players:
Jack Grealish: 06 Goals and 05 Assists.
Anwar El Ghazi: 03 Goals and 04 Assists.
Trezeguet: 03 Goals and 1 Assist.
Manchester City team news: Aymeric Laporte has returned to light training but remains short of match fitness at the moment He won't feature here. Leray Sane remains out with a long-term injury.
Manchester City likely changes: First-choice goalkeeper Ederson will return to the starting line-up against Villa in what will be the first appearance for the Brazil international for City since he was sent off against Wolves on 27 December.
Sergio Aguero should get the nod ahead of Gabriel Jesus, while in-form Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva also getting spots in the playing 11.
Fernandinho will continue to play out of position as a centre-back alongside Nicolas Otamendi.
Manchester City key players:
Raheem Sterling: 11 Goals and 01 Assist.
Sergio Aguero: 10 Goals and 02 Assists.
Riyad Mahrez: 05 Goals and 06 Assists.
Astin Villa vs Manchester City predicted playing 11:
Aston Villa: Orjan Nyland (GK), Frederic Guilbert, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Matt Targett, Trezeguet, Marvelous Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi
Manchester City: Ederson GK), Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero
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