Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Key Stat: Manchester City made it eight wins in a row last time out, taking their unbeaten run to 15 matches.
Expert Verdict: Another dominant Manchester City win last time out means they are on the brink of returning to the top of the Premier League table. In the form they are in, they would have been big favourites for this game anyway but especially after Villa's enforced isolation period.
Manchester City will look to continue their fine form when they take on Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium. It is a baptism of fire for Aston Villa as they return to Premier League action for the first time since their enforced isolation. The match takes place on January 20 and the live action starts at 18:00 at the Etihad Stadium.
Defenders:Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo
Midfielders:Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan
Forwards:Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden
Defenders:Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett
Defensive Midfielders:Douglas Luiz, John McGinn
Attacking Midfielders:Bertrand Traore, Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi
Manchester City beat Aston Villa three times last season as Villa returned to the Premier League for the first time since 2016. City won 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium, put six past them in a 6-1 victory at Villa Park and then won 2-1 in the Carabao Cup Final. In that most recent meeting, at Wembley, Sergio Aguero and Rodri put City 2-0 up but Mbwana Samatta pulled a goal back and it took a fine late save from Claudio Bravo to ensure City claimed yet another Carabao Cup title.
Manchester City are big odds-on favourites to win at home to Aston Villa and can be backed at 1/4 to win with 10Bet, 888sport and Betway.
Part of City’s resurgence has been built on sone excellent defensive form and you can back against both teams to score at a best price of 10/11 with Bet365.
Ilkay Gundogan continued his excellent goalscoring form in recent weeks and he is 13/8 with Bet365 to score at any time.
Aston Villa have been impressive so far this season, but their enforced break would have paused their momentum. At the same time, Manchester City have continued to play so impressively and are big favourites for this match.