Aston Villa take on the visitors Manchester City in the round 15 match of English Premier League. The match will be played on Wednesday, December 6th at Villa Park (Birmingham).
Since 2013, Aston Villa have been unable to defeat Manchester City in their head-to-head encounters. It's unlikely that we'll witness a long-awaited victory for the hosts' fans now. However, attempting to secure points against the opponent or, even more so, assisting them in breaking the Over 2.5 goals barrier is clearly within reach for Birmingham's players. Unai Emery's team is a pleasure to watch both on the field during matches and in the Premier League standings, currently occupying the fourth position. In 14 rounds of the championship, the claret and blue army has scored 33 goals, triggering Over 2.5 goals with their opponents 11 times. At home in the current competition, the Lions have yet to play through the bottom. And if they do, it certainly won't be against Manchester City. The latter has recently been conceding goals in bundles while still consistently disappointing opponents.
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The efficiency of the Citizens are logically higher than that of their opponent—36 accurate shots in 14 Premier League rounds. Ten times, under Pep Guardiola's guidance, the team has hit the required Over 2.5 goals mark with their opponents. Holland predictably leads the list of scorers in the championship. However, Manchester City have been drawing more frequently lately: 1-1 with Liverpool, 3-3 with Tottenham, 4-4 with Chelsea. In the last round, they frustratingly missed a victory at home against Spurs in the very end, sliding down to the third position in the table. However, after the double loss to Wolves and Arsenal at the end of August and the beginning of September, the team has remained unbeaten in the league. It's unlikely that the country's champions will lose in Birmingham. But at least three goals are almost guaranteed in this match.
In this match, it's logical to expect many goals. However, the odds for bets on Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals are predictably negligible. Okay, let's find a way out of this situation: add the guests' unbeaten status to the overall total, and you'll get a fantastic odds of around two. Yes, Aston Villa are not an easy opponent; this season, the Birmingham team looks great, trailing Cityzens by only one point in the table. I wouldn't be surprised even if the hosts manage to secure a draw in this meeting. However, I don't believe in the defeat of the guests. After all, Manchester City are far superior to the opponent in class. And they haven't lost to them for 15 consecutive head-to-head encounters. I think the Sky Blues will take at least one point from Birmingham this time. Scoring at least three goals between two such attacking powerhouses is a piece of cake. My prediction is X2+Over 2.5 goals.
Prediction for the match: Manchester City not to lose and Over 2.5 scored goals.