Remi Garde, for the first time will take charge of an Aston Villa side that is badly in need of points and goals. He replaced Tim Sherwood as the manager of the club which is now sitting at the bottom of the table with just 4 points from 11 games. And the biggest test for Garde will be this game against the high-flying table toppers Manchester City.
City have been in tremendous form and in spite of injuries have been able to brush aside most of the teams in the Premier League this season. This article is a preview of the game along with the Team News, Expected Lineups, Predictions and Betting Odds.
The Aston Villa vs Manchester City match will be played on Sunday the 8th of November at the Villa Park in Birmingham. The kick-off is scheduled at 2:30 pm BST (7:00 pm IST).
Villa have a new manager for this game and there can be a number of changes to the squad. Micah Richard will be available for selection against his former team after serving a one match suspension against Tottenham. Agbanahor picked a slight strain in that game and will be put to a late fitness test. Westwood, Gana and Traore are expected to be fit for this game.
The Citizens are still without four of their first team players in Silva, Nasri Aguero and Zabaleta all of whom are expected to return after the International break. However, mid-fielder Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy are back in training and will be in contention for a place in this game.
The home team were put under tremendous pressure at the White Hart Lane last week as they played with their new manager in the stands. This will be the first game that Garde will be in charge of in the Premier League and will be interesting to see the way he sets his team up for this big clash against the table toppers.
Pellegrini’s men have scored plenty of goals this season and also look a formidable team at the back. They have not really made many mistake and have stuck to the task given by their manager. Raheem Sterling and de Bruyne, the summer signings have settled well into the team and have given the Citizens plenty of depth in the squad.
Villa may well be forced to play a defensive game against the leaders but the new manager will surely give some confidence to the players that can reflect on their game on the day. They will however have to contend with the likes of Bony in front of goal and try and reduce his impact on the game to a bare minimum if they want to get anything out of this game.
Guzan, Hutton, Clark, Lescott, Richards, Ayew, Bacuna, Westwood, Grealish, Gestede, Agbonlahor.
Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Sterling, De Bruyne, Bony.
Manchester City have been in marauding form in all competitions and look a real force to reckon with. They have some superb players in their squad and should be able to take all three points from their visit to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
Aston Villa 1-4 Manchester City
Aston Villa: 7/1
Mancehster City: 10/21