8/11 for Citizens to Defeat Villans

City's away form is only marginally better than Villa's form at home

Manchester City travel to Villa Park on Sunday to take on an Aston Villa side managed by under pressure boss Alex McLeish.

Yaya Toure and Kolo Toure are still away on international duty with the Ivory Coast while Mario Balotelli serves the final game of his four-match ban. Vincent Kompany looks set to return to the starting line-up.

Alex McLeish is hoping to have James Colllins, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton back from injury to face the Citizens. 

The Villans have not won any of their last six home games and failure to beat City would see them extend their longest ever run without a Premier League home win.

City's away form is only marginally better than Villa's form at home having won just one of their last six away games in the Premier League, scoring only three goals in the process. In spite of their recent slump on the road, Roberto Mancini's men remain the league's top scorers and, given that Villa have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four games, City will expect to get back in the goals on Sunday.

City's height advantage may also play a part. They have scored more goals from corners than any other side in the league while Villa have conceded more from corners than any other side. At 6'4" tall, Edin Dzeko may be worth a punt at 7/5 with Sportingbet to score his 17th goal of the campaign at any time during the game. Coral offer a best-priced 5/1 for Dzeko to break the deadlock.

In any case, Roberto Mancini will demand a win in order for his side to maintain its lead at the top of the table and, with the imminent return of Balotelli and the Toure brothers, he will expect a strong finish to the season as City go in search of their first league title since 1968. An away win is available at odds of 8/11 with Betfred.

City have been level at half-time in six of their last seven league games and almost 80% of their goals have been scored in the second half. The half-time/full-time markets may therefore be worth a second look. Most bookmakers offer 7/2 for the sides to be drawing at half-time and for City to go on and win.

Recommended Bets:

Back Manchester City to win @ 8/11 with Betfred

Back Edin Dzeko to score at any time @ 7/5 with Sportingbet

Written By:- Dean McHugh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 12/02/2012 - 09:10 AM
Filed in:- Bournemouth Betting News, Bournemouth, Manchester City