Aston Villa vs. Manchester City: Bold Predictions for EPL Week 28 Clash

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 2, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot, to make the score 2-0 during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Defending English champions Manchester City will take on cellar dwellers Aston Villa at home in the English Premier League this weekend, with the visitors entering as the firm favorites to win here.

City have been very good once again this season and currently sit second on the league table, though they are a whopping 15 points behind leaders Manchester United heading into this one with little hope of winning the title away from their crosstown rivals in 2013.

Aston Villa, on the other hand, sit inside the relegation zone with just one win from their last 10 matches—perhaps the polar opposite of their opponents here.

Thus it seems that the Citizens will enter as favorites, but it's hard to predict what will transpire in this one. The English champions might have one eye on the FA Cup match they have next weekend (the only trophy they can still win this year), whilst the threat of relegation could force the league battlers into an inspired performance against Roberto Mancini's men.

A lot could happen in this one—read on to see some bold predictions for this Week 28 clash in the English Premier League.


Aston Villa Score First

For a team that's sitting near the bottom of the ladder, Aston Villa have had remarkable success at scoring early—netting in essentially half of their games so far.

Given the success of Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann this year, it's not that surprising to suggest that they will take the opening goal against a City side that have showed vulnerability in defense away from home.

Vincent Kompany will likely still be missing from the team, which could open up the reigning champions at the back. Which, given the talent on hand, could well spell the opening goal of this match going to the home side.


Edin Dzeko Equalizes Just Before Half-Time

Yet it's hard to see Manchester City not fighting their way back into this one.

City have been ruthless in attack this season and completely dominated Chelsea's defense in their last encounter—making it more than likely that they will find a goal here. The fact that they'll do it through Edin Dzeko and just before half-time is simply a numbers thing.

Dzeko has been unstoppable for the Citizens attack this year, and it's hard to see the Villans' fragile defense holding out against the Bosnian.

City have carried draws into half-time in nearly half of their league fixtures to date as well, which makes a deadlocked first half even more likely here.


Carlos Tevez Seals the Win in the 64th Minute

However, the thing that's the most likely of them all is that City will run away with this game in the second half, and it will be Carlos Tevez who seals the win.

The defending champions are such a strong attacking team that they will no doubt create a plethora of chances. With 64 percent of their goals coming in the second half, it's more than likely that they'll finish incredibly strong and topple the Villans.

Tevez was great last week against Chelsea and should see game time again here, and he's a nice pick to find the back of the net as a result. 

The 64th-minute thing might be a little bold, but hey—we said bold. City have scored more goals in the 60-75-minute time frame this year than in any other 15-minute interval, so it's not completely unlikely that it might happen here, even if it is just a little bold.


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