Making another statement in Europe on Tuesday night, Manchester City will now look to close the gap on Liverpool when Aston Villa make the trip to the Etihad on Saturday lunchtime.
Eventually putting five past Serie A outfit Atalanta in midweek, Pep Guardiola’s men have now landed back-to-back victories since entering the international break with a shock 2-0 loss against Wolves.
On the flip side, the defending Premier League champions are not the only side who are enjoying an eye-catching run.
Battling from behind to pick up a 2-1 win over Brighton last time out, Aston Villa are now in the midst of a four-match winning run across all competitions and enjoying their most successful spell since making their return over the summer.
Although the mood in the Midlands is certainly on the rise, they do hold some very unpleasant memories when coming up against the free-scoring champions.
Suffering back-to-back 4-0 defeats when the two sides met back in 2016, you might be interested to know that an identical outcome can be found at 8/1 with Bet365.
City look to close the gap
Although Manchester City may have already suffered shock defeats against Norwich and Wolves, the mood around the Etihad still remains at a high.
Still dreaming of clinching what would be a famous domestic and European double, Pep Guardiola’s men do, however, sit six points adrift of title contenders Liverpool.
Heading into November, the defending champions are currently priced at 11/10 with Ladbrokes to lift their third domestic crown come May.
One man to watch out for on Saturday will be Wednesday’s hat-trick hero, Raheem Sterling.
Now scoring five goals in his last three matches for club and country, the Ballon d’Or nominee has continued to shine alongside leading marksman Sergio Aguero.
You might be interested to know that the England international is pencilled in at 3/5 with Betfair to extend on that tally this weekend.
Sadly for Guardiola, the former Barcelona boss has seen his side hit with yet another huge injury headache.
Having to fill the void left by the injured Aymeric Laporte, fans around the Etihad also saw summer arrival Rodri limp off on Tuesday due to a hamstring injury.
Guardiola has confirmed that the Spaniard will not feature this weekend and it appears John Stone’s will feature at the heart of City’s defence.
Aston Villa starting to shine
Battling from behind to snatch three points off of Brighton last weekend, Aston Villa are a side really starting to find their feet.
Securing back-to-back top-flight victories, including a thumping 5-1 win away at Norwich prior to the break, another extremely surprising victory this weekend would see them break into the top-10.
With the mood around Villa Park the highest it has been since marking their Premier League return over the summer, the former Brentford boss now has one eye on guiding his side to what would be a remarkable top half finish.
You might be interested to know that Saturday’s guests can be found as high as 4/1 with William Hill to finish in the top-10 come May.
A huge part of Villa’s impressive run has come down to some rather eye-catching displays in the final third.
Led by leading marksman Wesley, the Villains have scored nine goals in their last three Premier League appearances and Smith’s men have scored two or more goals in each of their last five matches across all formats.
With City failing to record a clean sheet in back-to-back matches at the Etihad, the top-flight returners are pencilled in at 10/11 with Paddy Power to breach the host’s defence at some point.