Kyle Walker and John Stones could be available for City's title decider against Villa
Manchester City vs Aston Villa
Competition: F.A. Premier League
Date: 4.00pm, Sunday 22nd May 2022
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: D Coote VAR: D England
Odds: City 1/7, Draw 13/2, Aston Villa 16/1
Tickets: Sold out
TV: Sky Sports
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, McAtee, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez
Doubtful: Walker, Stones
Form guide: WLWWD
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Squad (from): Martinez, Olsen, Sinisalo, Cash, Mings, Chambers, Young, Digne, Luiz, McGinn, Sanson, Buendia, Nakamba, Coutinho, Chukwuemeka, Bogarde, Ramsey, Watkins, Traore, Ings, Bailey
Injured: Konsa, Hause
Form guide: WWLDD
Kyle Walker and John Stones have returned to training, and could come into consideration for Sunday's title-decider against Villa. The pair had previously been ruled out for the season by manager Pep Guardiola, but their return would give the Blues a much-needed lift ahead of the final game of the season. The manager was full of praise for his backroom staff who have facilitated their recovery.
“We have incredible doctors and physios,” said Guardiola.
“They have trained today. We will see tomorrow. It is good for us to have them back.”
A win against Villa would secure City's fourth title in five seasons, and Guardiola said it was the trophy that meant the most to him.
"It is more difficult (to win the Premier League)," said Pep.
"There are lots of weeks, games, struggles with injuries and bad moments, tough opponents.
"The success is being there all the time in the last five years except the year when Liverpool were unstoppable.
"It’s every day, when you fight the Premier League and fight until the end, it gives you happiness.
"You are happier when you win and you win. It’s not a cup, it’s a routine.
"Doing a routine is most difficult in our lives. If you are not happy, you want these great experiences. Premier League is routine."
City drew their last home game against Villa 2-1, with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 78 of the 176 games played against the Villains, with 41 draws and 57 defeats.
Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Ake, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling, Jesus
Score prediction: City 3 Aston Villa 1