The match is over.
Aston Villa have looked very impressive on their return to the Premier League – but the trip to the Etihad to take on the champions is the biggest test yet.
Ederson is enjoying another good season at City and could well finish with another clean sheet to his credit. Villa have goals in them and City’s defence has been hit by injury, but Ederson remains a formidable presence.
MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN TO NIL
The bookmakers predict a thrashing here but Aston Villa have defended well so far this season – and although they may well end up losing, it should not be by too many.
TOTAL GOALS UNDER 3.5
This is still a very convincing score line for Manchester City but nowhere near what many of the bookies think will happen.
MANCHESTER CITY TO WIN 3-0
Head to Head
These two have not faced each other since the 2015/16 season when City scored eight goals in three games (including an FA Cup tie).
Manchester City to win
The way Aston Villa has started playing suggests that the odds for them to go straight back down again were far too short. This will be a real test for Dean Smith’s side however and Manchester City should pick up three more points to challenge Liverpool at the top of the table.
Darren Williamson is an experienced football writer and tipster, covering everything from the Premier League to League Two. Darren also closely follows European football, cricket, and tennis and lives just outside London with his family. He counts music, food and travel among his non-sporting interests, but can’t go too long without taking in a sporting event or two.
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