Manchester City vs. Aston Villa
The world will witness one of the most crucial soccer games on Sunday, May 22nd, at 11:00 AM ET. Manchester City will host Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium for their last game of the season, a game that will decide whether they will be crowned champions of England.
This game has a lot of importance as the table toppers, Manchester City, are separated by just 1 point from Liverpool FC, sitting 2nd in the table.
If Manchester City loses or even draws the game and Liverpool FC win their game, Liverpool FC will be crowned the champions of England. City can take no chances and has to go for the win against Villa if they are to be champions for two consecutive seasons.
Significance of this Game
This game on Sunday will decide which team becomes the Premier League champions for the 2021-2022 season. Manchester City are just a win away from the title, but Aston Villa can break their hearts if they beat City at the Etihad Stadium.
The biggest irony of this game is that Aston Villa’s manager is Steven Gerrard, Liverpool’s greatest ever legend. So, football fans expect that Steven Gerrard will make it very hard for Manchester City to clinch a win against Villa, giving Liverpool the chance to steal the crown off City.
However, this does not mean that Liverpool FC have an easy game in hand. They also welcome Wolves at Anfield for the last game of their season. They cannot afford to draw or lose if they want to have a chance of winning the league.
This season, Wolves have been an inconsistent team due to their inability to score goals. Their recent comeback against Chelsea, two games back, shows that they can indeed cause upsets for the big boys.
A win for both Manchester City and Liverpool FC in their last game of the season is a must if they are to have a chance at the title.
Manchester City vs. Aston Villa – Season so far
Manchester City have had an incredible season so far. They currently sit top of the league with a point difference and look set to become champions if they win their last home game against Villa.
Manchester City started their season with a loss against Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Nuno Espirito Santos was in charge. They got back to winning ways when they trashed Norwich City by a 5-goal margin.
They have lost only three games in the Premier League throughout the season. This gives us the idea of why they sit top of the table, with just a win away from being crowned champions again.
However, Manchester City was not in the first position until December. Chelsea was the team that was in the top spot till December until they were beaten 3-0 by an inspired West Ham team.
After Chelsea’s loss, Liverpool defeated Wolves, putting them in first place for a couple of hours. However, Liverpool’s lead lasted only a few hours as Manchester City beat Watford 3-1 to clinch the top position. Since December, Manchester City has been in the lead, but a roaring run of wins for Liverpool has cut down the gap from 10 points to just 1 point.
Manchester City were also one of the favorites to win the Champions League this season until they got knocked out by an inspired Real Madrid team. City won the game with a 4-0 scoreline in the first leg. The second leg was a much more controlled game where City scored a goal through Riyad Mahrez that put the tally to 5-3.
However, Manchester City fell apart in the last 10 minutes of the game when Benzema scored a goal. Rodrygo came on from the bench for Real Madrid and scored a brace which sent City packing. Since they have not won the FA Cup, League Cup, or the Champions League this season, City cannot afford to miss out on the Premier League.
Aston Villa had a difficult start to the season initially. They were having a bad run of games under Dean Smith, who brought them into the Premier League after getting promoted from the Championship. He was finally sacked in November, and Aston Villa appointed Steven Gerrard as their manager.
Steven Gerrard was the coach of Ranger FC in the Scottish Premier League before he had joined Aston Villa. He won the Scottish Premier League with Rangers for the first time in 10 years.
Gerrard arrived at Aston Villa with high expectations for a young manager. That was because he was considered one of the best midfielders in the history of the English Premier League. He was a legend at Liverpool, so the Villa fans had high hopes for Gerrard after arriving at the club.
Gerrard has since taken the club from 16th position, just two points above the relegation zone, to 14th position. They sit comfortably without the threat of relegation, so we can expect a very expressive and fearless Aston Villa team against Manchester City.
The fact that Steven Gerrard was Liverpool’s greatest captain will also play a part when Villa faces City. Gerrard will make sure his Villa team tries their best to upset Pep Guardiola’s team so that Liverpool can have a chance to win the league. The story sets in perfectly for this match-up.
We can expect a very resilient and physical team from Aston Villa as they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City this Sunday.
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