10. Manchester City have beaten Aston Villa in seven of their last nine meetings, including this reverse fixture last October. City are 1.25 to win.
9. Villa have won the other two fixtures over that period and there hasn’t been a draw between these two sides in 12 games. A draw is priced at 6.35.
8. Villa have not beaten City at the Etihad Stadium in their last seven attempts — since a 2-0 result in April 2007. Villa are 4.10 to win/draw on the Double Chance.
7. In fact, City have scored three or more goals in each of their last five home games against Villa. They are 1.95 to score +2.5 times this Saturday.
6. Two goals in the last eight minutes earned City victory over Villa last October. Manuel Pellegrini’s men have scored 29 of their 66 league goals in the last 15 minutes of matches. They are 4.20 to draw/win on the HT/FT.
5. City’s form since a 5-0 victory over Newcastle in February reads WLLWLLWLLW. They last won two games on the spin two months ago and are 12.00 to lose to Villa.
4. Villa, meanwhile, have won five games from eight — their best form since March/April 2013. They are 18.00 to win/win on the HT/FT.
3. Christian Benteke scored his 12th goal of the season last weekend when Villa beat Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. The Belgian boasts six goals in four games and is 9.50 to net first.
2. Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, bagged his third goal in two games during City’s 2-0 win over West Ham last Sunday. The Argentine averages a shot every 16 minutes in the Premier League and is 3.80 to score the opener.
1. Aston Villa boast just 14 league goals from open play this season compared to City’s 46. Both teams to score is priced at 2.06.