Manchester City will hope to extend their lead at the top of the league table to 11 points, by securing all three points against Aston Villa.
Manchester City will travel to Villa Park on Wednesday, for the Premier League fixture against Aston Villa. The Sky Blues will hope to bounce back from their weekend defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup, which also ended their quadruple dreams. Pep Guardiola‘s men have an eight-point advantage at the top of the table, with just six games left to be played.
The league leaders will hope to secure all three points against Aston Villa after they lost out on an opportunity to extend their lead last weekend. Pep Guardiola is expected to ring in a few changes from the side that lost to Chelsea, a few days ago.
Ederson will start between the sticks for the visitors. The Brazilian was on the bench over the weekend, with Zack Steffen being the first choice goalkeeper for FA Cup matches. John Stones will come back into the starting lineup and replace Aymeric Laporte. Stones and Ruben Dias have formed a strong partnership at the centre-back position and will hope to put in another solid performance.
Kyle Walker will replace Joao Cancelo at the right-back position, whereas, Oleksandr Zinchenko will start at the left-back position. The Ukraine international was on the bench for the weekend clash against Chelsea and is expected to be handed a start against Villa. Rodri will continue to operate as the centre-defensive midfielder. The Spaniard has been in top form this season and has safeguarded City’s defence.
Kevin De Bruyne suffered an injury to his right foot in the FA Cup and will miss the away fixture against Aston Villa. Ilkay Gundogan will be a certain starter in the midfield after he started from the bench over the weekend. The Germany international has had a terrific season so far, scoring 16 goals in all competitions. Bernardo Silva will drop into the centre of the park to complete the midfield for the visitors.
Riyad Mahrez did not feature against Chelsea and is expected to come back into the starting lineup. The Algerian has scored 11 times this season in all competitions and is a constant threat at the right-wing position. Raheem Sterling has fallen down in the pecking order at City, with Phil Foden getting the nod over him.
The former Liverpool winger was not at his best against Thomas Tuchel’s side and failed to make most of his opportunity. Foden will be drafted back into the starting lineup in place of Sterling and will operate as the left-winger.
Sergio Aguero‘s last start came against Leicester City a few weeks ago. The Argentine can be expected to start on Wednesday, with Pep Guardiola giving the 32-year old another opportunity to find his goal-scoring form. Gabriel Jesus played for the entirety of the 90 minutes against the Blues and might start from the bench against Aston Villa.