Seven City players were unavailable for the recent FA Cup tie with Swindon due to COVID-19 issues and it isn’t clear who will be available for this crucial tie that gives the league leaders the chance to effectively end Chelsea’s fleeting title hopes.
Yet even if City are unable to recall some of their COVID-19 affected stars, Guardiola’s side is refreshed, having played only twice in January and will require no further motivation than the chance to destroy the Blues’ championship ambitions.
Chelsea should be encouraged by two professional displays against Tottenham, but facing these opponents at the Etihad is a completely different matter. Fatigue may also play a part, given that the visitors were in action on Wednesday, and City are a good bet for the win here.
Only four horses will head to post at Kempton in this Grade 2 race, but the small field features some high-class contenders.
Defi Du Seuil is being kept to this trip and is likely to improve on a poor effort at Ascot last time when it looked as though he needed the run, while both Eldorado Allen and Rouge Vif have the ability to land a decent prize on their day.
The best option here, however, is Mister Fisher. He somewhat predictably struggled in the King George but this grade and trip are well within his range as his record of two wins and a second in his last three Grade Two races suggest. Nicky Henderson should have him ready to show his best form and he rates a solid bet.
On Monday night, a Scott McTominay header was enough to win the FA Cup tie between these teams, but Steven Gerrard’s Villa side was unlucky not to take the tie to extra time after hitting the bar and having two goals ruled out.
The defeat was Villa’s third straight loss, and represents Gerrard’s first serious wobble during his brief tenure. Still, they showed enough against United to give them hope in this match.
The Villa squad has embraced Gerrard’s mentality, with the majority of the team adopting a typically energetic style of play. They have the ability and the work ethic to beat United, and considering how close they came to defeating them at Old Trafford, they have a great chance of picking up three points at home.
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