Aston Villa vs Manchester City 11/08/2015 Premier League Preview, Odds & Predictions
Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Sunday 8th November 2015 08:30(ET)
The Line: Aston Villa 13/2 Draw 4/1 Manchester City 2/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; NBC Sports
Sunday morning's early game will see top of the table Manchester City travel to Villa Park to take on bottom placed Aston Villa in what looks like a one sided Barclay's Premier League clash. Manchester City come into this game off the back of an impressive display against Sevilla in the Champions League. That game was probably the best Manchester City have played in their European adventures thus far with summer signing Raheem Sterling to the fore as the former Liverpool winger ripped Sevilla apart with his decisive runs. Fernando, Fernandinho and Ya Ya Toure showed they can play together in a diamond formation and overall Manchester City were very impressive and Manuel Pelligrini has to take great credit in bending tactically and adapting to the games that his side has to play. On Sunday they face a completely different task against an Aston Villa team that will be desperate for points.
New Villa manager Remi Garde will have his work cut out to turn things around here for Aston Villa as they have been terrible this season. While Tim Sherwood was possibly not given enough time he was partially at fault for his own sacking as he quite often put his foot in his mouth when speaking about his own ability as a coach as his team lay in the bottom three of the league. With Villa firmly rooted to the league table now and having lost their last seven and nine of their eleven games thus far this is a tough spot for Garde to come in but the former Lyon manager must pick his side up and get them to believe they can survive.
There is normally a bounce for teams who get a new manager, the players lift their effort in training and all the squad players work extra hard to try to convince this manager they should be a starter. Unfortunately for Aston Villa though their bounce here might not be enough as they face a Manchester City team that have been Machine like of late. Villa are already four points adrift, any more and it could become a problem too big to overcome. There is a chance after this weekend that the gap grows to seven. Tough game to handicap this one but I am going to take the overs. I think Manchester City will have far too much for Villa here but I do expect the home side to give it a go and get themselves on the scoresheet.