Pep Guardiola stands on the brink of a fourth Premier League crown as Man City welcomes Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the season. Steven Gerrard will be hoping to have the last laugh in the Premier League title race as his Aston Villa side travel to face Man City on the final day.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Preview
Manchester City is in control of their own destiny, but a draw or defeat would open the door for Gerrard’s beloved Liverpool to snatch the title as they entertain Wolves at Anfield.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, is stuck in a rut of draws after Burnley snatched a point at Villa Park in midweek, although they will be keen to end a turbulent season on a high. City, meanwhile, are no stranger to drama on the final day, having waited until the very end to clinch their league titles in 2012, 2014 and 2018.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Team News
Pep Guardiola is counting the cost of mounting defensive injuries, with Ruben Dias having endured a particularly horrid time with injury this season. The Spaniard welcomed both Kyle Walker and John Stones back to training this week, although it would be a risk if either were to start from the off.
As for Aston Villa, Ezri Konsa is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines which could eat into his pre-season preparations after sustaining a ligament injury. Elsewhere, Kortney Hause is likely to miss out, while winger Leon Bailey is struggling with an ankle problem.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Possible Line-ups
Manchester City Probable XI
Goalkeeper – Ederson;
Defenders – Joao Cancelo, Nathan Ake, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko;
Midfielders – Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne;
Forwards – Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez
Aston Villa Probable XI
Goalkeeper – Emiliano Martinez;
Defenders – Matty Cash, Tyrone Mings, Calum Chambers, Lucas Digne;
Midfielders – Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Jacob Ramsey:
Forwards – Dani Ings, Olie Watkins, Phillipe Coutinho
Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Aston Villa is likely to bunker in and ride a storm of Man City pressure in the early exchanges and they will need Emiliano Martinez to be at his best between the posts. After agonizingly missing out on Premier League gratification in 2014, Gerrard will be keen to play his part in a potential Liverpool title success, referencing the ‘pressure’ Guardiola’s side will be under on Sunday.
However, containing this City side at the Etihad Stadium is a nigh-on impossible feat for teams outside the traditional top six. Expect the Cityzens to score early to soothe the anxiety.
Final Prediction: Manchester City 3-1 Aston Villa