Aston Villa vs. Manchester City — preview, prediction, score

Aston Villa (7-5-5, 23 points) vs. Manchester City (17-2-1, 49 points)

Saturday, 5 p.m. EST

Stadium: Villa Park


At Villa Park, goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor and Leandro Bacuna lifted Villa into third place, one point ahead of Cardiff City, which has already lost one game on the road in the Premier League. Aston Villa’s three Premier League wins have come against sides who are a combined record of 6-19-5. But their win over Swansea City, in their last game, was Villa’s first victory over a team outside the bottom three in the Premier League since March 2015.

Villa, which started the season with victories over QPR and Watford, lost at home to Burnley in their last game. Swansea City, in their last match, lost 3-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

In the last two matches, Manchester City have scored six goals.

Villa has played one game more than Manchester City.

So, the scoreline looks pretty much set.

But this one should be really, really good.

Here’s how Post soccer writers Steve Galluzzo and Peter White preview the game.

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