Lee Dixon fancies Manchester City to put Aston Villa firmly to the sword in Monday night Premier League Action.
Manchester City did a very professional job on Chelsea last weekend and it's extremely hard to argue with the Betfair market which has them @ Premier League Betting odds of (1.52) to defeat Aston Villa on Monday night.
The champions needed a reaction to the Southampton defeat and they got that last Sunday. Villa gave Arsenal a fright the day before but eventually succumbed to the 13th defeat of a tough season.
I talked last week of City's need to go on a long winning streak and they look ready to do that. No-one is predicting a slip-up from the leaders, but as long as City perform week-in, week-out they will give themselves a chance while fending off the chasing pack.
Villa are a young side and Paul Lambert has a hell of a fight to keep them believing as the season comes to its conclusion. I really fear for these Premier League stalwarts. Competition is fierce down there, they need a very swift turnaround in fortunes but the collateral damage of a long dispiriting season could just take its toll. Wigan are experienced relegation battlers while Saints have been putting together some decent results. Villa might just be doomed.
Ordinarily in a fixture like this you might give the home side a squeak but Villa have been almost as bad in front of their own fans as they have on the road. Despite boasting the league's most in-form striker - Christian Benteke has six in seven this year - they don't score many, with only QPR fans seeing fewer goals.
I was impressed by Manchester City last weekend and I can see them winning without even conceding. Roberto Mancini pulled a tactical surprise on us all by playing Jack Rodwell against Chelsea and he's very hard to second guess, but whether it really matters is debatable as the personnel is so impressive.
In a sense, with the title battle as good as lost, the heat is off City now and the real fight is to secure second place. I can't imagine they'll mess that one up and I certainly don't see any upsets occurring at Villa.
I was successful with a (13.00) correct score bet on Tuesday night so let's play that tactic again. The City backline has been impressive while the attack is potent - 0-3 @ (12.50) and 0-4 @ (20.00) it is.
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Back City to win 0-3 @ (12.50) and 0-4 @ (20.00)
The Tactical View: Michael Cox
I agree fully with Lee about City's chances here. Aston Villa have a tendency to concede multiple goals in games, and while City haven't scored as many as last season, or as many as Manchester United this season, they'll surely put away a couple at Villa Park. In fact, 'a couple' is the key - City have won three of their last six league games 2-0.
They thrashed Villa 5-0 in the reverse fixture, but big wins have been rare this season. Backing 0-2, at 8.615/2, makes sense - and there's a decent chance you'll be able to lay it off, if City look like scoring more.
The Betfair Trader's View: Alan Thompson
Let's face it the title race is over, but it was good to see Man City winning their first league match in four attempts last week when they defeated Chelsea 2-0 at the Etihad. That result ended a terrible run for City in the Premier League that saw them lose to Southampton and record draws against Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool. I agree with Lee - I don't see City slipping up again and they will want to tighten their grip on second place.
Villa though also have plenty to play for as they try to avoid being relegated for the first time in 26 years. However, this young Villa side could be in for a torrid evening on Monday night. When they have faced top four opposition so far this season they lost every game, conceding 22 goals and scoring only twice. Lee has gone for a high scoring City win to nil and I can't disagree with that, rather than play in the Correct Score market though I am going into the Asian Handicap market to back Man City -1 & -1.5 @ anything over (2.10).