Aston Villa v Man City betting tips: Toughest test yet for Gerrard
Preview and odds for Wednesday’s match
Steven Gerrard faces his biggest test since becoming a Premier League manager as we pick out some Aston Villa v Man City betting tips.
Gerrard has won his first two matches since taking over as Villa boss but City are in fine form and could go top if Chelsea drop points in their match at Watford.
Wednesday’s game at Villa Park kicks off at 8.15pm and is live on Amazon Prime.
Aston Villa v Man City match odds
City are missing key players but their results do not show it and they have responded to the shock defeat at home to Crystal Palace last month by reeling off five straight wins in all competitions.
Club Brugge (4-1), Manchester United (2-0), Everton (3-0), Paris St-Germain (2-1) and West Ham (2-1) have all been brushed aside with victories which were often more emphatic than the scoreline suggested.
They have beaten Brighton (2-0) and Crystal Palace (2-1) after persuading Gerrard to leave Rangers and return south of the border but they head into this match as 17/2 underdogs or 23/10 to avoid defeat, with the draw 4/1.
Villa have a poor record against the top teams this season, with their highest scalp being that of eighth-placed Manchester United.
Five matches against the current top seven all ended in defeat but they did manage to score in four of those.
Aston Villa v Man City head-to-head
Recent history does not bode well for Villa, who have lost the last six meetings with City.
They made a dream start in this fixture in April when John McGinn gave them a first-minute lead but goals from Phil Foden and Rodri saw City clinch a 2-1 win with both teams also having a man sent off.
The best that Villa have managed in the last 11 meetings is a 0-0 draw in 2015 but they have restricted City to two goals in each of the last three clashes so a City win and under 3.5 goals is an option at 6/5.
Aston Villa v Man City key battles
McGinn opened the scoring in this match last season and is in fine form, having scored his third goal of the season at the weekend.
Gerrard praised the Scotland international for two “outstanding” performances since he arrived at the club and McGinn is 9/2 to be on target again.
McGinn will need to be at his best against City’s midfield, even if they continue to be without Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish as they were at the weekend.
Ilkay Gundogan (pictured above) stepped up with City’s opener against West Ham and his midfield battle with McGinn will be vital.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication