Aston Villa hosts Manchester City in round 22 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Sunday, January 12th at Villa Park (Birmingham)
Aston Villa is in the track of Fulham. Despite the solid transfers, the team is only in 17th place. The main reason for unsuccessful performances is the constant failure of the Lions in defense. Only 21 rounds are behind, and they already conceded 37 goals (only two teams of the Premier League have worst fixtures). Moreover, matches with rivals from the upper half of the standings are especially hard for Aston Villa. In all matches with representatives of the top eight, Aston Villa conceded at least two goals. In general, the Villains have only three clean sheets this season.
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Man City defeated Manchester United in a recent cup match without any particular problems. The advantage of the Citizens reached three goals, although they could well hammer their neighbors. In general, Man City started the new year briskly: it gained three victories, having sent goals to the opponents' nets. Even Everton conceded two goals, despite the closed game. That is, the team of Guardiola doesn’t experience any problems in the attack and is in good shape.
The newcomer to the Premier League failed to score in only five matches, and it is significantly inferior only to the Premier League’s leaders in terms of scoring. The Birmingham team scored in nine home games in a row, and during this period, the Lions breached the defense of Leicester and Liverpool. With such impressive statistics, the home goal is really to be expected. Moreover, Man City kept a clean sheet in only one of the last nine away matches (visiting Arsenal). And it is worth noting that the Citizens took advantage of the problems of the “Gunners”, headed by inexperienced Ljungberg at that time. In all three games of 2020, Man City also failed to keep a clean sheet. Moreover, the men of Guardiola conceded even from Port Vale - a club from the fourth division of England... In general, Man City’s statistics are depressing in recent months: only two clean sheets in 18 last matches. Therefore, I believe that a goal scored by the hosts is very likely.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score - yes