Reds Draw Opens Door For City

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Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko has been in fine form in recent weeks. Source: Getty Images/

A win for Manchester City  over Aston Villa  on Thursday morning (AEST) will see them top the EPL table heading into the final weekend.

Liverpool blew a 3-0 lead with 11 minutes remaining to draw 3-3 at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, leaving Manchester City in the driver’s seat to take out this year’s title. With two games remaining, a win and a draw for City will be enough to see them crowned champions of England for the fourth time. Their first test will be against 14th place Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium. Manuel Pellegrini will be very weary of Villa, with City losing 3-2 against them earlier this year at Villa Park. The Sky Blues though are in much better form this time round, having lost just one of their past 12 league matches. Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko is in fine form with three goals at his past two outings. His partnership with midfielder Yaya Toure has been second to none and it was the two in-form City players who got on the score sheet at Villa Park earlier in the season.

Aston Villa won their first game in seven matches against Hull City on Saturday to confirm Premier League status for yet another season. It has been an indifferent campaign for Paul Lambert’s men, who have been patchy throughout the year. Villa fans had reason to dream after their opening day win over Arsenal, but a season-ending injury to one of the league’s most prolific strikers Christian Benteke has severely affected their results. Gabriel Agbonlahor has once again been Villa’s saviour and is a key in Thursday morning’s clash.

This is the typical match you see at the end of the season where a team like City, who has title ambitions, comes up against a mid-table side in Aston Villa, who really has nothing to play for. That seemed to be the case in the Liverpool-Crystal Palace match though and that produced a surprising outcome. City however has far more to lose and should possess too much class for Paul Lambert’s side.

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