Carabao Cup semi finalists Aston Villa and Manchester City turn their attention back to the Premier League as the pair meet at Villa Park on Sunday.
Both sides picked up impressive away results in the League Cup in midweek - Villa drawing at Leicester and City comfortably beating their Manchester rivals at Old Trafford - but in the Premier League table there is a huge gulf between the two teams;
But with Villa coming into a bit of form, and City shipping goals on the road, could Sunday's game throw up an upset? Thanks to Opta, here are all the best stats ahead of the weekend clash.
Villa with a Mountain to Climb
Dean Smith's side go into the fixture with a poor recent record against City. The Villans have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League meetings with the Citizens,
City have conceded 14 goals in their ten away league games this season, three more than they did in 19 games on the road last term. They’ve conceded three or more goals in three different away league games this season, as many as they had in their first three seasons under Pep Guardiola combined.
Villa's Purple Patch
After a disastrous run of results saw them hurtle towards the relegation zone, Aston Villa have come into a bit of form of late.
The Argentinian striker heads into Sunday's fixture with history in his sights.
Battle of the Ball Carriers
Aston Villa's talisman Jack Grealish is famed for his ability to drive forward with the ball at his feet.
In fact, the Villa man is the player with the second most ball carries in the Premier League this season (439). On Sunday, Aston Villa will face the one player in the division with more ball carries than their captain: Manchester City's Fernandinho.
The Brazilian has notched up 463 this season, a pretty impressive feat considering he has spent much of the campaign deputising as a makeshift centre back.
Here's how we line up at Villa Park this afternoon...👇— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 12, 2020
XI | Ederson, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Stones, Mendy, Rodrigo, D Silva (C), De Bruyne, Mahrez, G Jesus, Aguero.
SUBS | Bravo, Walker, Sterling, Gundogan, Bernardo, Otamendi, Foden.
🔵 #ManCity #AVLMCI pic.twitter.com/mZyb1pIyXB
Source : 90min