iBet: Villa Unlikely To Get Anything From City Encounter
Aston Villa V Manchester City, Sat, kick off 3pm
Back Manchester City to be winning at half time and full time at 11/8 (Betfair Sportsbook)
Also back Liverpool to beat Sunderland at 4/6 on Sunday
It’s been quite a slow burn start to the season with some of the big teams faltering, but Manchester City went up several gears in their demolition of rivals Manchester United on Sunday and it’s very hard to see Aston Villa living with them for long. Regular readers will know that I really like the way Villa and manager Paul Lambert are going about things, but the fact is that they are much more dangerous away from home than at Villa Park, where they really struggle to break teams down.
They also almost always concede and indeed the last time they kept a clean sheet at Premier League level in front of their home fans was on the 8th of December last year in a 0-0 draw with Stoke.
With Benteke out injured, I think it’s fair to say that Manchester City have better players in every position. If they can get a goal early I can see them winning this with the minimum of fuss and with Villa’s threat severely blunted by the absence of the Belgian, 11/8 about the away side winning at half time and full time looks worth a punt.
He won’t win many popularity contests but Luis Suarez really impressed in his comeback game midweek and bookies make him 11/8 to score at any time in Sunday’s 4pm kick-off against Sunderland. Despite losing in the league to Southampton and in the cup to Manchester United in their last two games, I’m very impressed with Brendan Rodgers team this season and I make them a bet at 4/6 to win on Wearside.
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