Man City vs Aston Villa – Home strikers to continue cup record

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Manchester City will be hoping that Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez continue their good goalscoring records in this year’s FA Cup to ensure a smooth passage through the fifth round of the competition at the expense of Aston Villa.

Match Odds

It is 4/7 in the FA Cup betting that Manchester City win at home to Aston Villa and this is a fixture that has been kind to them in recent seasons.

Manchester City have won their last four home games against Aston Villa, including over the Christmas period in the current Premier League season, when they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

However, Aston Villa may be buoyed by the fact that they have improved immensely since this defeat and have the superior FA Cup head-to-head record over Manchester City.

Villa have won five of the previous nine meetings between the pair in the competition, while Manchester City have only won one of their last six FA Cup games against fellow Premier League clubs.

Aston Villa’s betting odds are 5/1 to beat Manchester City, while the draw that would secure a replay at Villa Park is priced at 11/4.

First Goalscorer

Aston Villa have only kept one clean sheet in their 21 games in all competitions, while they have failed to shut out the opposition in an away game all season.

They may struggle to improve upon this record against Manchester City as strike duo Tevez and Dzeko have been in inspired form in the FA Cup of late.

Tevez has scored in each of his last three FA Cup appearances, while Dzeko has found the target in both of his last two.

It is 3/1 in the FA Cup betting that Tevez opens the scoring against Villa, with Dzeko 7/2 in the same market.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.