Manchester City will be aiming for maximum points against Aston Villa as they look to secure their fourth Premier League title in five seasons.
Manchester City will be relishing the chance to be crowned 2021-22 Premier League champions when they face Aston Villa on the final day of the campaign at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday evening.
The defending champions will come into the game looking to bounce back after West Ham United came from two goals down to secure a thrilling 2-2 draw against City when a brace by Jarrod Bowen cancelled out an own goal from Vladimir Coufal and a goal from Jack Grealish at the London Stadium this past weekend.
Manchester City currently sits in first place with 90 points from 37 games, with Liverpool hot on their heels occupying second place and a point behind them.
Aston Villa are hoping to return to winning ways after they were held to a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Villa Park as Ashley Barnes opened the scoring in the 45th minute before Emiliano Buendía’s 48th-minute equaliser saw the two teams share the spoils on Thursday evening.
Villa will come into the final game of the season sitting in 14th place with 45 points after 36 matches, a point behind Palace and two points behind Newcastle United and Brentford, respectively.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says: “Our stadium will be sold out, we will give them our lives and they will give theirs, all together.
“To do it is an incredible privilege, after many years.
“To have our chance with our people, to win one game to be champions. I’m looking forward to it.
“If they lose or win it depends on us do the most perfect game we possibly can do.
“Against this Liverpool you cannot win the league four games ago. You have to fight until the end. The big privilege is that it is at home and it is in our hands.”
In the last five meetings between the two sides, Manchester City have been the dominant side, having won the last five fixtures against Aston Villa by at least two or more goals.
Guardiola will have to rethink his squad for the game with the likes of Ruben Dias and Benjamin Mendy for the match while John Stones and Kyle Walker remain doubtful despite returning to training.
Steven Gerrard will be without the services of Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause, while Leon Bailey and Emiliano Martinez’s fitness is in doubt for the final match of the season.
Kevin De Bruyne will definitely play a leading role in their final push to successfully defend their league title after he bagged four goals in his last two matches.
Ollie Watkins will look to continue his form in from of goal after scoring three goals in his last four matches, while also getting his name on the score sheet when Villa last faced City in the league.
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