Aston Villa v Manchester City: Dzeko at the double for visitors

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Aston Villa may be hosting Manchester City for this televised encounter with memories of their 3-2 win over the Citizens at Villa Park last season still fresh in the mind but it’s the visitors who remain favourites for victory.

Villa start the game as 11/2 outsiders for the win, with the draw available at 10/3, while Manuel Pellegrini’s team are a 1/2 shot for the victory against the Birmingham club, who head into this game off the back of defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea.

Ahead of kick-off, we’ve looked over the numbers to bring you three of the best bets available.

Manchester City (-2) to beat Aston Villa @ 29/10

The Sky Blues raced into an early two-goal lead against Hull in a game that was shaping up to be a hiding for the Tigers until a couple of mad moments from Eliaquim Mangala saw the hosts draw level at the KC Stadium.

City still went on to win 4-2 though and given Villa’s current plight, a big win could be on the cards. Paul Lambert’s team have shipped six goals without reply in their last two games and lost 4-0 the last time these two met in the Premier League.

Edin Dzeko to score two or more @ 6/1

The Bosnian bagged a deserved brace to help sink Hull last week and we are predicting a similar return when City travel to Villa Park.

Dzeko scored a double the last time the Sky Blues played the Villans in the Premier League and is looking in red-hot form for the reigning champions in the English top-flight at present.

Manchester City to beat Aston Villa 3-0 @ 9/1

City may have recorded a 4-0 win the last time these two met but there is a case to be made for them turning it down a little with a 3-0 victory in the Midlands.

Villa’s two recent defeats to high-flyers Arsenal and Chelsea came by a 3-0 scoreline and with Pellegrini keen to keep up with his title rivals, backing a repeat could pay dividends given the great odds available.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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