Man City v Aston Villa Trader Tips: Fernandinho could play the villain on Saturday

City can score for fun when they're in the mood, but they're not assured at the back, and Fernandinho slotting in as a centre-half should give Villa hope

On paper this looks like a cakewalk for Man City and, to be honest, I would be lying if I saw this any other way.

No doubt the Villains will take heart from City’s shaky start to the season but I see this game being mainly one-way traffic.

With this in mind, how do we find an angle for a bet that isn’t a restrictive 1/12 in the win-draw-win market?

City’s up and down start to the season is centred around having issues at the back and most teams know about them at this stage.


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Rodri and Fernandinho were the centre half partnership in the midweek Champions League tie, with the senior partner in that pair giving away the penalty that allowed Atalanta to take the lead.

City came back strongly and, in the end, ran away with the game, but it’s likely the veteran Brazilian midfielder will start again at the back alongside Nicolas Otamendi on Saturday.

With Aston Villa not being shy in scoring this season in the EPL, they stand a fair chance of notching a goal or two this weekend.

The champions won’t mind what the score is as long as they win and put Liverpool back under the spotlight on Sunday.

Back Both teams to score in both halves @ 14/1

Back Man City to win 4-2 @ 30/1

Raheem Sterling’s currently flying high with five goals in his last five games, including a 12-minute hat-trick during the week and it’s hard to look past him to score first here.

Sergio Aguero has found the net again and played the full game during the week so will be a contender too but I’ll stick my hat on Raheem in this game.

Back Raheem Sterling to score first @ 11/4

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