An easy game is expected for Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup, as they will face Aston Villa, who are currently the worst team in the English Premier League. This game will be played on Saturday, January 30th at Villa Park at 15:00.
These squads are in opposite directions in the local tournament, as the Citizens are located in the second place in the standings with 44 points, only three behind the leader (Leicester City). They have struggled away from home, and they have four wins, four draws and three defeats, scoring 12 goals and allowing 11.
They come to this match with six straight games with no defeat in the league, and their last loss on the road was versus Everton in the Capital One Cup three weeks ago. They rescued one point last weekend against West Ham on the road thanks to a goal from Argentine striker Sergio Aguero with nine minutes left on the clock.
In the English FA Cup Odds Aston Villa v Man City, the Citizens are favorites to win this game away from home. They are listed with 1.64, while the Villans are with 5.75, and the draw is with 4.5.
Aston Villa are in the bottom of the table with only 13 points, thanks to two wins, seven draws and 14 defeats, scoring 18 goals and accepting 38. They are the worst offense in the league at home with eight goals and their only victory in their pitch was versus Crystal Palace by 1-0 two weeks ago.
They have improved since the arrival of French manager Remi Garde, and they have a streak of five consecutive games with no defeat. In the previous round of this tournament, they beat Wycombe 1-0 at Villa Park with scores from Ciaran Clark and Idrissa Gueye.
Manchester City are the best offense in the league with 45 goals, but only 12 of them have been on the road. However, they are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 3.6 Odds to win this match by one goal and with 5.0 to do it by two. The Villans are rated at 8.0 to get the victory by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 5.5.
The first meetings between these two teams finished goalless at Villa Park two months ago, but the team led by Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini didn’t count with Sergio Aguero. The Citizens have four straight games with no defeat in the series, and they have not allowed any goal in three of them.
The last time the Villans won versus Manchester City was three years ago in the league when they did it by 3-2 at home. This will be the 11th meeting between these squads in the FA Cup, and the Citizens have the lead with six wins and two draws. Their last match in this tournament was in 2011 at Etihad Stadium, and the home side got the victory by 3-0.
Take Manchester City to win this game by two or more goals and advance to the fifth round for the third time in the past four years. They have lifted the Cup five times, and the last one was in 2011.