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Man Metropolis vs Aston Villa: Preview, predictions and lineups

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One other large residence sport beckons for Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League title race as they welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night time.

Metropolis, who’re searching an unprecedented fourth-straight league title, are taking part in catch-up in direction of the summit after they have been held to a stalemate by Arsenal on the weekend. Pep Guardiola’s facet have been capable of management a lot of the bout, however they didn’t breach a stellar Gunners backline.

Because of this, Metropolis are three factors adrift of league leaders Liverpool with 9 video games to play. One of many trickiest fixtures left on their schedule arrives in midweek as Champions League hopefuls Villa come to city.

Unai Emery’s facet have been dominant within the reverse fixture, profitable 1-0 whereas fully shutting out the visiting Cityzens. It ought to be a special story on Wednesday given Metropolis’s proficiency on the Etihad, though their scoring streak on residence soil was snapped by Arsenal final day out.

Man Metropolis vs Aston Villa H2H Document (Final 5 Video games)

Present Kind (all competitions)

Man Metropolis

Aston Villa

Man Metropolis 0-0 Arsenal – 31/03/24

Aston Villa 2-0 Wolves – 30/03/24

Man Metropolis 2-0 Newcastle – 16/03/24

West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa – 17/03/24

Liverpool 1-1 Man Metropolis – 10/03/24

Aston Villa 4-0 Ajax – 14/03/24

Man Metropolis 3-1 FC Copenhagen – 06/03/24

Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham – 10/03/24

Man Metropolis 3-1 Man Utd – 03/03/24

Ajax 0-0 Aston Villa – 07/03/24

Nation

TV channel/stay stream

United Kingdom

TNT Sports activities Final, discovery+, discovery+ App, TNT Sports activities 1

United States

Peacock

Canada

fuboTV

Pep Guardiola, Nathan Ake

Nathan Ake was compelled off in opposition to Arsenal / Danehouse Images Ltd/GettyImages

Guardiola has confirmed that he’ll be with out Ederson, Kyle Walker, and Nathan Ake on Wednesday. The latter picked up his damage setback throughout Sunday’s draw.

John Stones has an opportunity of returning, with minutes off the bench extra possible.

Jack Grealish might come into Guardiola’s XI having made an look off the bench in opposition to Arsenal.

Man Metropolis predicted lineup vs Villa (3-4-2-1): Ortega; Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Bernardo, De Bruyne, Foden, Grealish; Haaland.

Ollie Watkins has prevented a serious hamstring damage, however he isn’t out there for Wednesday’s sport. Thus, there may very well be a uncommon Premier League begin for Jhon Duran.

Villa’s prolonged checklist of absentees contains Emi Buendia, Tyrone Mings, Boubacar Kamara, Jacob Ramsey and Matty Money.

John McGinn can also be serving the final of his three-game suspension.

Aston Villa predicted lineup vs Man Metropolis (4-2-2-2): Martinez; Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Moreno; Tielemans, Luiz; Rogers, Bailey; Diaby, Duran.

The way of Villa’s victory within the reverse fixture was vastly spectacular, and so they have little motive to concern Metropolis on Wednesday night time. They’re susceptible.

Guardiola’s males merely have not clicked into gear simply but and so they might succumb to a facet of Villa’s savvy and high quality. The Villans, nonetheless, are with out their main goalscorer, which is a big blow.

We should always anticipate Emery to be extra cautious and put males behind the ball akin to Arteta, but it surely’s exhausting to envisage Metropolis enduring back-to-back residence shutouts. Guardiola will certainly tinker a factor or two to assist his facet recover from the road in midweek.

Prediction: Man Metropolis 2-1 Aston Villa

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