Manchester City faces Aston Villa in Sunday’s final game of the season. The Citizens currently hold a one-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table, and will give them the title. There’s a great range of betting markets and props at our sportsbook for the top soccer leagues.
City’s Attacking Firepower
The Premier League title race has come down to the season’s last day. Man City are currently on top of the Premier League table, one point ahead of second-place Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s Premier League final day. Man City opposes Aston Villa, Liverpool will tackle Aston Villa. Man City must navigate a final-day fixture against former Liverpool standout Steven Gerrard. This gives Gerrard a chance to help his old club secure a result against the current leaders.
Let’s not forget Man City signed Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. There’s a clause in the contract that his former team will benefit from Man City winning the English top-flight league. Aston Villa will reportedly earn a bonus of $18.5 million if Grealish, who joined Guardiola’s side last year for a British transfer record of $125 million, wins the Premier League. Strange, but true
The Citizens have reached 96 goals scored in the Premier League this season. They will be determined to make it 100, having the necessary weapons to score at least four goals in Sunday’s game. Given their head-to-head record against Aston Villa, we expect them to celebrate with their fans as they’re crowned the champions. We will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
City may be handed a couple of injury boosts ahead of the final day, with Kyle Walker and John Stones both returning to training earlier this week. There were initial fears they would miss the rest of the season. Guardiola will definitely be without Ruben Dias and his injured hamstring.
Gerrard never won a Premier League title at Liverpool, but the Villa boss could now help Liverpool win the title. Philippe Coutinho played alongside Gerrard at Liverpool, and now he plays under him at Villa Park. Like Gerrard, Coutinho has an impressive record against City. Coutinho ended on the winning team in three of his seven meetings against City, drawing in one match and losing three.
After Gerrard took over, the visitors enjoyed some games that were solid, but lack consistency. We will see what they can do in the summer transfer window, how they will come back next season. Gerrard has all the motivation that he needs to try to get a result in the final game, but not since January, 2000, has Villa won a Premier League match against the league leaders on the road.
Defender Ezri Konsa has begun his 16-week road to recovery from a seriously-injured knee, and he’s joined in the treatment room by Kortney Hause and his troublesome abdominal. Leon Bailey is nursing an injured foot. Calum Chambers will continue to partner Mings in the defensive line, while Hause and Konsa are both out. Another former Liverpool player, Danny Ings, could provide some extra value in the final third.
If you’re soccer betting, try to first understand the difference in quality between the two teams, but also the importance of the game for Pep Guardiola and his troops.
City vs Aston Villa Head-to-Head
City and Villa have played one another eight times since the start of 2016. All eight of those games have resulted in City wins. The Citizens have scored 25 goals and conceded four. They also covered the spread five times, at least three goals on the scoresheet in seven of the last eight head-to-heads between the two sides. The Citizens are one of the best home sides in the league, earning those 44 points in 18 games while netting 55 goals. Conversely, Aston Villa have a decent away record, winning in seven of 18 games while allowing 22 goals.
City vs Aston Villa Game Information
- Game: City (28-6-3) vs Aston Villa (13-6-18)
- Location: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
- Day/Time: Sunday, May 22nd, 11:00 a.m. ET
- City vs Aston Villa Streaming: fubo.tv
City vs Aston Villa Betting Lines
City vs Aston Villa Predictions
To no one’s the hosts enter this clash heavy favored, priced at -630 on the three-way moneyline, according to the latest soccer odds. The goal line is set at 3½.
Citizens will go out aggressively from the very beginning. We wouldn’t be surprised if Manchester City manage to score in the first 20 minutes, putting he game away by halftime. There’s nothing but pride on the line for Villa in this one.
There’s no reason to back Aston Villa and lose stakes. The Citizens are fully focused, and will attacking from the outset. Everything is favoring the hosts, including the goals line and the spread. They should win by at least two goals, We also expect at least four goals in this match, but in our official pick, we will go with City’s goals.