Aston Villa v Manchester City 16:00 Sun
Struggling to piece together a decent string of victories, its easy to see why Bet365 make Mancini’s men heavy odds on favourites and one could understand why Aston Villa may not feel too confident going into their fixture against league leaders Manchester City.
Alex McCleish’s side have won just twice in their last eight league matches but will be hoping to surprise all and replicate their performance against Chelsea six weeks and run out shock victors.
As predicted however, statistics don’t run in the favour of the Birmingham outfit as Villa currently hold the Premier League’s 12th best home defence, conceding an average of 1.33 goals per game when playing at Villa Park.
When you then consider that the claret and blues are going up against the league’s best attacking side, scoring an average of 2.17 goals per game away from home, things start to look dim.
However, one would have stated the same before Aston Villa travelled to Stamford Bridge and the underdogs could prove triumphant once more.
Roberto Mancini will be hoping to see the return of Vincent Kompany on Sunday, with the Belgian international in contention to return from injury along with summer signing Samir Nasri.
On the home side of things, Gabriel Agbonlahor could also make a recovery this weekend after picking up a hamstring injury earlier on in the month.
One man who may not feature for the Villans is summer signing Charles N’Zogbia who reportedly had a bust-up with manager Alex McCleish following the loss against Newcastle United last weekend.
Should Villa win on Sunday, they can make the jump into 10th place providing other fixtures help them out this weekend.
However, City have the incentive of extending the lead between them and Manchester United at the top of the table which may prove too powerful for McCleish’s Villa to gain anything from this fixture