Our resident betting expert expects Sergio Aguero to be the difference between the two sides, while elsewhere, our man-in-the-know is backing West Bromich Albion to inflict more misery on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
Sergio Aguero has yet to net a Manchester City goal outside of either Manchester or London. But the Argentine has impressed since swapping Atletico Madrid for the Eastlands outfit, scoring 15 league goals in an impressive first season to date. The 23-year-old netted on his last outing against Fulham – and evens for him to score at Villa Park on Sunday is great value.
City have won four of their last five league and cup games against Aston Villa. And Roberto Mancini’s side appear to have put their January wobble behind them with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Fulham last weekend. Villa, meanwhile, have won just once in their last four games. So, City to beat Villa in Sunday’s late kick-off is a good bet at 4/6.
Wolves have conceded in each of their last 21 league matches, including a resounding 3-0 defeat by Liverpool in their last outing at Molineux. Meanwhile, West Brom have not kept a Premier League clean-sheet away from the Hawthorns since winning 1-0 at Norwich in September. Over 2.5 goals in this one is a solid bet at 17/20.
Wolves approach Sunday’s game with one win in 10 Premier League matches – and despite last weekend’s victory over Queens Park Rangers, Mick McCarthy’s side are in terrible form. They’ve lost their last three league games at home and now face a difficult derby against West Brom. Roy Hodgson’s side have earned 18 of their 26 points on their travels – and the Tipster is backing the Baggies to beat Wolves at 15/8.
James Milner spent two happy seasons at Villa Park, scoring 19 goals for the Birmingham side. His form for Villa helped convince City to splash out £26m to bring the English midfielder to Eastlands. He will make the 300th league appearance of his career against his former employers, and will be eager to improve on his three league goals since joining the league leaders. So, the Tipster’s audacious long-range effort this time round is for Milner to come back to haunt his former employers at a tempting 5/1.
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