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Karine Grigoryan

20-01-2021 | 14:45 Football
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Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Manchester City vs Aston Villa

Manchester City are preparing to host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Wednesday, January 20. Ahead of the game, BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson stated his prediction. "A coronavirus outbreak at Aston Villa means their first team have not played since they went to Old Trafford on New Year's Day, which was the best part of three weeks ago. "The Villa players who did not test positive will still have trained so they will be fit but match sharpness will be an issue - you lose your touch when you don't play for that amount of time. For the ones who did have Covid-19, we don't know if they will be suffering any long-term effects. "Their situation is far from ideal in any circumstance, but it's especially tough with them going to Etihad Stadium to face a Manchester City side who are going extremely well. "By beating Crystal Palace on Sunday, City became the first top-flight team to win five successive league games this season and I am backing Pep Guardiola's side to make it six in a row here. "That should probably be enough to send them top - for a couple of hours at least." Lawrenson's prediction: 3-0 source - BBC / Join us on Telegram

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