Opta Stats: Manchester City v Aston Villa

Manchester City have won more Barclays Premier League games (20) and scored more goals (65) v Aston Villa than against any other team. City are [1.29] to win.

Aston Villa have scored just six second-half goals all term; the Premier League record-low for a season is 11, last set by Derby in 2007/08. City are [1.81] to win half-time/full-time.

Indeed had only second-halves counted, the Villans would be bottom of the table on just 20 points, eight points behind 19th place QPR. The draw half-time/City full-time double result is [4.8].

Yaya Toure has scored in his last three Premier League appearances against Aston Villa. Toure is [2.54] to score.

Aston Villa have scored the same number of league goals under Tim Sherwood this season (12 in eight games) as they managed under Paul Lambert (12 in 25 games). Over 2.5 goals is [1.53].

Sergio Aguero has now reached 20 goals in two different Premier League seasons; only four players have done it more often in the competition’s history (Shearer 7, Henry 5, Van Nistelrooy 4, L.Ferdinand 3). Aguero is [1.71] to score.

Christian Benteke has scored nine goals in nine competitive games under Tim Sherwood. Benteke is [3.75] to score.

Aston Villa have picked up more red cards than any other team in the Premier League this season (7). The odds of a player being sent off are likely to be around [4.5].

The average age of Manchester City’s starting line-up this season has been 28 years and 331 days old; the oldest in the Premier League. You can lay their ageing side at [1.3].

The two players to have attempted the most shots (excl. blocked) without scoring in the PL this season could play in this game – Jesus Navas and Fabian Delph (30 shots each). Under 2.5 goals is [2.72].