We’re looking forward to a top-flight showdown between Aston Villa and Manchester City on Wednesday 6 December, with the home side hoping to preserve a 100% home record and there is plenty to recommend them right now. Ollie Watkins’ scoring form continues to be impressive, with Unai Emery having a settled team who recently claimed a 2-1 victory at Tottenham.

Some of the eye-catching home wins include a 6-1 triumph over Brighton and it’s easy to see the Villans finding the net against the champions, even if any goals might represent consolation efforts. Manchester City are trading as the odds-on favourite although it’s interesting to note that they have conceded nine away goals this term.

Four of these came at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea demonstrating what can happen if you get on the front foot against a team not used to being put on the back foot. However, the Cityzens are still a difficult team to beat, with Erling Haaland continuing to pilfer goals at a rate of knots and he’s benefitting from the current set-up.

Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez and Jeremy Doku are all playing strong supporting roles and the best ploy could be to look at a goal-filled game here. Manchester City to win, both teams to score and Erling Haaland to find the net could be a nice combination play, while there’s the alternative of including Ollie Watkins who is comfortably the most likely Villa player to score.


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