Aston Villa Man City Odds : Absence of Benteke signals flurry of betting on Manchester

The latest Aston Villa Man City odds as Manchester City attract all the attention from punters in the betting with Villa missing Christian Benteke.

The Belgian is out with a hip injury as punters look to lump on the away win at a best price of 1/2 with Paddy  Power.

The Citizens will look to secure their first away win of the season when they travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on Saturday.

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Manuel Pellegrini’s side has proved a formidable force on home turf winning all three of their home games to date, including a 4-1 win over Manchester United in their most recent outing in front of their home fans.

They have however found life more difficult on the road, losing 3-2 to Cardiff before failing to break down a stubborn Stoke City side in their 0-0 draw.

Twelve goals and three successive wins in all competition has restored the belief that City will challenge on all fronts this season.

That belief has grown further with the return of some key men to the squad.

Stefan Jovetic is hoping his brace against Wigan in the League cup midweek will see him feature against Villa. The former Fiorentina star has struggled since injury since his summer move but he looked sharp in the 5-0 win over the Lactics and could feature from the bench.

Another player who made a welcome return to action midweek was Micah Richards and the 25 year old will be hoping he can put his recent injury woes behind and challenge for a first team spot with right back his targeted position.

“We have some great central defenders at the club with Kompany, Nastasic and Joleon Lescott and we also have Martin Demichelis now so I can’t see when I’ll get a good run in central defence.

“Right-back is more realistic. We’ll be playing two or three games a week and it’s not physically possible for one player to keep up that sort of pace. Right-back is where I need to concentrate on.”

Gael Clichy is also set to return however the game comes too soon for Spanish star David Silva and defender Martin Demichelis.

Villa meanwhile will hope to build on their 1-0 win over Norwich last weekend, their first win in four games following three successive defeats.

Paul Lambert’s men will have to do so however without last season’s top scorer Christian Benteke after he was ruled out for six weeks with a hip injury.

Villa, who lost 4-0 to Spurs in the Capital Cup midweek, will also be without Jose Okore and Charles N’Zogbia.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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