Manchester City vs Aston Villa Prediction, 1/20/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Location: Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England
Odds/Point Spread: Manchester City (-486) Aston Villa (-175)
Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City (10-5-2, 2nd in the EPL) host Aston Villa (8-2-5, 10th in the EPL) at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The starting goaltenders will be Ederson for Manchester City and Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa. Aston Villa are at at -175 while the Citizens are priced at -486. The over/under has been set at 3.5.
Manchester City faced off with Crystal Palace in their last match and notched a win by a score of 4-0. When discussing the passing game, they ended the game with a 90.8% received passes percentage by completing 711 of the 783 targeted passes in their last outing. Manchester City attempted 17 dribbles in this match and completed 6 of those attempts for a percentage of 35.3%. In terms of shooting accuracy, Manchester City walked away from the pitch at a 46.2% clip by landing 6 SoT out of 13 total shots. Manchester City averages 1.71 goals per 90 min (29 goals in total) and are sitting with 20 assists in all matches for the year.
Kevin De Bruyne is a guy who can be a difference maker for Manchester City. Bruyne has been given a starting assignment in 310 matches so far in his career and accounts for 0.26 goals per 90 mins. The midfielder from Belgium has totaled 77 goals in 27,007 professional minutes played. He has 135 assists while earning 33 yellow cards so far in his career. Another player who should impact this match is Phil Foden, the midfielder born in England. Foden has been on the field for 1,987 mins in 19 starts and has been given a total of 0 yellow cards. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 5 times thus far in his career while he has scored 10 goals. He scores 0.45 goals per 90 mins during his soccer career.
The guy protecting the net for Manchester City is Ederson. Ederson (133-34-31 mark in his professional soccer career) has 89 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 44.9% shutout percentage. The keeper born in Brazil has seen 519 shots attempted against him in 198 starts. His goals against per 90 minutes is 0.78 (153 total goals allowed) and he has a save % of .728. Ederson has defended the goal for 17,702 mins and has tallied 376 stops in his pro soccer career.
For their last outing, Aston Villa walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-1 against Manchester United. They finished this game by connecting on 369 of the 451 passes they attempted for a percentage of 81.8%. Aston Villa finished the match with a 69.2% successful dribble rate by connecting on 9 of the 13 dribbles they tried. Aston Villa connected on 5 shots attempted out of 15 shots attempted which had them at a 33.3% clip in their last outing. With 28 goals and 22 assists for all their games, Aston Villa averages 1.87 goals and 1.47 assists per 90.
Jack Grealish will be someone to watch for Aston Villa. He sports an average of 0.19 G/90 and has started 169 matches so far in his career. The forward hailing from England has earned 15,524 minutes while scoring 33 goals. He has earned 36 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 32 times. You should also keep an eye on Ollie Watkins, the forward representing England. Watkins has been handed a total of 27 yellow card warnings in 17,272 minutes played (190 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average during his pro soccer career is 0.38. He has 72 goals during his career while assisting on a goal 22 times.
Emiliano Martinez will be residing in front of the net for Aston Villa. Martinez has 29 shutouts while seeing 386 shots attempted against him in 7,609 career mins. He sports a save % of .738 and his clean sheet rate is 34.5%. He has allowed 1.25 goals per 90 while holding a record of 32-20-32. During his professional soccer career, Martinez has conceded 106 goals and has totaled 281 saves in 84 starts.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Manchester City (-486)
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