It’s in our hands. With two games to go – two home games that tease with what should, on paper at least, be sweeping home victories – hopes of reclaiming the Premier League title burn strongly. Following Liverpool’s remarkable collapse last night against Crystal Palace, the pressure has been relieved to some extent but we know more than most not to relax. Aston Villa can be dangerous, their unpredictability leading to the occasional shock, but should we display similar levels of grit as on our travels in the past couple of games, the three points will be ours and we can look forward moving that one tantalising step closer.
Aleks Kolarov will replace Gael Clichy on the left of defence, his attacking thrust a potential weapon with which to break down the visitors. Javi Garcia is expected to drop to the bench with Fernandinho’s energy and dynamism likely to be recalled, whilst Sergio Aguero’s absence could lead to an opportunity for Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic or the fit-again Jesus Navas.
Here is the side Pellegrini could select:
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Prediction: MAN CITY 3 – 0 Aston Villa – There is the sense that this is a determined squad, a group of now together players who will battle with all their strength to top the league. Throw in the return of David Silva and there will be a greater attacking fluency to our play. An early goal and this should be quite a comfortable win. I’m predicting goals to be scored by Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri and Alvaro Negredo.