Esteemed Kompany host Steven Mcinerney previews tonight’s game between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Villa Park. It has almost become a must-win game for the champions given Arsenal’s last-minute win over Luton Town last night. Pep Guardiola’s side will head into tonight’s game currently 6 points behind the league leaders.
With Rodri suspended will John Stones step into his spot in the starting lineup? Pep Guardiola told the media pre-game that the England international is ready to start the game against Unai Emery’s side. It does appear that Stones is the closest like-for-like replacement for City’s suspended midfield general.
How will the treble winners line up against Villa? Rodri and Jack Grealish will both miss the game due to suspension. Jeremy Doku is also in doubt after being substituted early in the second half of Sunday’s 3-all draw with Tottenham. It appears highly unlikely that City will risk the dynamic winger given his injury history.
With Erling Haaland, Jeremy Doku, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden in the starting eleven against Spurs the City lineup has dynamic weapons up front. Will Pep Guardiola change the set-up to counter Unai Emery’s side? Rico Lewis, Kalvin Phillips or John Stones may come into midfield to attempt to give the champions more control in midfield. It may be a key factor in tonight’s game.
After three successive draws in the Premier League Manchester City will take a hard-fought 1-nil win. While it isn’t desperate times in the season so far, it feels like the European champions do need to pick up three points.
Esteemed Kompany host Steven Mcinerney previews Manchester City’s clash with Aston Villa in the video below.