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Preview | May 22

Manchester City-Aston Villa

Man City meet Villa at the Etihad.

The season comes to a close. A league leading Man City side welcome 14th place Villa to the Etihad for one last match. City should take to their home turf with confidence, as they defeated the Villans 2-1 in their last league meeting. A deeper look through the history of this matchup also benefits Man City. City have secured at least a point in thirty-six of the last forty-three Premier League meetings between the sides.

Man City | DWWWW | 1st | Top Scorer: K. De Bruyne (15)

Man City arrive with confidence, unbeaten in the last 11 games. Goal chances have been frequent, their last 5 matches average xG (expected goals) of 3 has been highest in the league over that span. João Cancelo will be front and center in their attempt to prolong success. He has been their top shot-taker this year with 77 shots (13th in the EPL). Gabriel Jesus will be leaned on for opportunity creation. He has been their top setup man this season with 8 assists (8th in the EPL).

Villa | DDLWW | 14th | Top Scorer: O. Watkins (11)

Villa are a side feeling down rather than up. They haven't been able to secure a win in any of their last 3 matches. Scoring has proved more difficult than they would hope, their average xG (expected goals) of 1.2 is the 8th lowest in the league. Top distributor John McGinn will be looking to improve after recording 1.6 passes into the box per match in their last 5. There are reasons to believe though, key goal scorer Ollie Watkins has been on an exciting roll with 3 goals in their last 5 matches.

Man City-Villa Prediction: 2-1

This one could go either way, but the firepower of Man City looks likely to be the difference.

Did you know? The most common scoreline between the two teams in Premier League history is 1-0 to Man City – which has occurred 6 times.

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Report | May 22

Manchester City

3 - 2

Aston Villa

Ilkay Gündogan 76, 81 Matty Cash 37
Rodri 78 Philippe Coutinho 69

Man City crowned Premier League champions.

Matty Cash opened the score for Villa in the 37th minute following some good work by Lucas Digne. Philippe Coutinho doubled the lead in the second half but Man City responded with a scoring barrage, netting 3 goals over the rest of the match to complete a remarkable comeback.

The Overview

    • City saw a lot of the ball with 74% possession and created plenty of chances too, racking up 24 shots.
    • The lack of attacking threat proved the Villans' downfall. They will know that 4 shots isn't enough to win games at the top level.
    • City got the job done, but it should've been more comfortable, their shot accuracy was only 21%.

The Details

Kevin De Bruyne continually probed down the flank, getting 12 crosses into the box. Contributing to the win, City's technical superiority was evident as they completed 344 more passes than the Villans. For Villa, Jacob Ramsey only registered 18 touches in a frustrating game for the midfielder.

Man City finish the season in top spot, the Premier League champions, what a season they have had. Meanwhile, Villa end the season in 14th spot, and managed to avoid the end of season relegation battle.

Top Performers

Ilkay GündoganPhilippe Coutinho
2 goals scored1 goal scored
Completed 13 passes (12th on their team)Drew 1 foul (2nd on their team)

Top Performers

Ilkay GündoganPhilippe Coutinho
2 goals scored1 goal scored
Completed 13 passes (12th on their team)Drew 1 foul (2nd on their team)

That rounds off another scintillating Premier League season. August 6 can't come soon enough.

Report | May 15

West Ham United

2 - 2

Manchester City

Jarrod Bowen 24, 45 Jack Grealish 49
Vladimir Coufal 69 [OG]

Vladimir Coufal's own goal saves Man City's from disaster.

Jarrod Bowen scored the match's first goal for West Ham in the 24th minute following an assist by Pablo Fornals. He then struck once again in the 45th minute to give West Ham a 2-0 lead. But Man City did not fold over, as Jack Grealish's score and Vladimir Coufal's own goal salvaged a split of the points.

The Overview

    • The Hammers managed to get 6 shots away despite having only 22% possession.
    • Despite having 31 shots, City paid the price for not taking advantage of their chances.
    • The scoreline could have been more impressive if the Hammers had their shooting boots on, their shot accuracy was 33%.

The Details

Manuel Lanzini put on a show, interceptng the ball 4 times. For Man City, Riyad Mahrez did his best to create opportunities, but his 13 crosses weren't enough to affect the outcome. Despite the loss, City were dominant in the passing game, completing a massive 476 more passes than the Hammers.

West Ham's unpredictable form continues. Meanwhile, Man City's run of wins comes to an end.

Top Performers

Jarrod BowenJack Grealish
2 goals scoredBlocked 4 shots (3rd in the Premier League)
Drew 1 foul (1st on their team)Took 6 shots (1st in the game)

Top Performers

Jarrod BowenJack Grealish
2 goals scoredBlocked 4 shots (3rd in the Premier League)
Drew 1 foul (1st on their team)Took 6 shots (1st in the game)

Both squads play next on Sunday, May 22nd. West Ham meet Brighton at the AMEX, while Man City meet Villa at the Etihad. Can the Hammers do better next time? Will City continue to climb the table?

Report | May 11

Wolverhampton Wanderers

1 - 5

Manchester City

Leander Dendoncker 11 Kevin De Bruyne 7, 16, 24, 60
Raheem Sterling 84

Man City thrash Wolverhampton in style.

This match was quite the high-scoring affair. Kevin De Bruyne began the scoring for Man City in the 7th minute after a set up by Bernardo Silva. Following the initial score, Man City proceeded to add on 4 more goals, compared to Wolverhampton's 1 as Man City took the three points.

The Overview

    • City converted lots of possession (67%) into lots of chances, with 16 shots at goal.
    • The Wolves didn't generate enough chances, only mustering 7 total shots.
    • Although they easily got the win, City were wasteful in front of goal, only getting 31% of their total shots on target.

The Details

In a further display of dominance from City, they completed a massive 401 more passes than the Wolves. For Wolverhampton, Pedro Neto did his best to create opportunities, but his 6 crosses weren't enough to affect the outcome.

Wolverhampton's mixed form continues. Meanwhile, Man City extend their winning streak and strengthen their hold atop the table.

Top Performers

Kevin De BruyneRaheem Sterling
4 goals scoredAssisted 1 goal
Drew 1 foul (1st on their team)1 corner won (1st on their team)

Top Performers

Kevin De BruyneRaheem Sterling
4 goals scoredAssisted 1 goal
Drew 1 foul (1st on their team)1 corner won (1st on their team)

Both squads play next on Sunday, May 15th. Wolverhampton take on Norwich at Molineux, while Man City meet West Ham at London Stadium. Can the Wolves improve their form? Will City keep their great form going?

Report | May 8

Manchester City

5 - 0

Newcastle United

Raheem Sterling 19, 90
Aymeric Laporte 38
Rodri 61
Phil Foden 90

Raheem Sterling stars in Man City win. 

Raheem Sterling began the scoring for Man City in the 19th minute after being found by João Cancelo. After the first goal, Man City proceeded to add on 4 more goals on the way to a 5 point thrashing of Newcastle.

The Overview

    • City saw a lot of the ball with 71% possession and created plenty of chances too, racking up 21 shots, which is 8 shots over the league average.
    • The Magpies didn't generate enough chances, only mustering 7 total shots.
    • The scoreline could have been more impressive if City had their shooting boots on, their shot accuracy was 43%.

The Details

Kevin De Bruyne posed a threat out wide all game, registering eleven crosses. In a further display of dominance from City, they completed a massive 421 more passes than the Magpies. For Newcastle, City did a good job of cutting off the supply to Chris Wood, limiting him to only 20 touches.

Man City extend their winning streak and hold on to the top spot in the table. Meanwhile, Newcastle hope this isn't the start of a losing streak.

Top Performers

Raheem SterlingJoão Cancelo
2 goals scoredEarned a clean sheet
Took 2 shots (3rd on their team)Assisted 1 goal

Next up, Man City meet Wolverhampton at the Etihad on Wednesday, May 11th. While Newcastle take on Arsenal at St. James' Park on Monday, May 16th. Can City keep their great form going? Will the Magpies get out of this rough patch?

Report | April 30

Leeds United

0 - 4

Manchester City

Rodri 13
Nathan Aké 54
Gabriel Jesus 78
Fernandinho 90

Man City take three points away from Leeds. 

Rodri opened the score for Man City in the 13th minute after being assisted by Phil Foden. Nathan Aké then doubled the lead with a goal in the 54th minute. Man City proceeded to tack on two more to easily win this one against Leeds.

The Overview

    • City converted lots of possession (60%) into lots of chances, with 19 shots at goal, which is 6 shots over the league average.
    • The Whites had their chances, 7 shots were not enough.
    • Although they got the win, City were wasteful in front of goal, only getting 32% of their total shots on target.

The Details

Phil Foden posed a threat out wide all game, registering seven crosses. In support of the win, City moved the ball about nicely, completing 213 more passes than their opponents. For Leeds, Stuart Dallas seemed off the pace defensively, committing 5 fouls in a frustrating game.

Leeds' mixed form continues as they squander an opportunity to move up to 15th in the table. Meanwhile, Man City extend their winning streak.

Top Performers

Phil FodenGabriel Jesus
Assisted 2 goals1 goal scored
7 crosses (1st in the game)Had 2 shots on target (1st in the game)

Top Performers

Phil FodenGabriel Jesus
Assisted 2 goals1 goal scored
7 crosses (1st in the game)Had 2 shots on target (1st in the game)

Both squads play next on Sunday, May 8th. There's no let up for Leeds United who face Arsenal, while Man City meet Newcastle at the Etihad. Can the Whites improve their form? Will City keep their great form going?