Pep Guardiola’s side have been on fire so far this season, winning four of their five games so far with only Newcastle United able to hold them to a draw.
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard is under all sorts of pressure with Aston Villa enduring a dismal start to their campaign.
Manchester City are second in the table, while Villa find themselves in the 19th spot and Sutton has predicted further miseries for the Lions.
The BBC football pundit has tipped Guardiola’s side to thrash Aston Villa and has predicted a 0-5 win for the Cityzens.
Sutton has claimed that Guardiola could make a number of changes to his starting XI, keeping Citryzens’ Champions League game against Sevilla in mind.
He has also heaped praise on Manchester City attacker Erling Haaland, who has nine goals in five Premier League games already. He told BBC Sport:
“I saw Arsenal take Aston Villa apart in midweek – it didn’t sound like it with a 2-1 scoreline but they did take them apart. For Manchester City, it is about balancing the Champions League with the Premier League now so it will be interesting to see what they do with this one.”
“Erling Haaland could be rested with one eye on Sevilla next week but he doesn’t need long on the pitch to score. He is like a 15-year-old playing in an under-10s league and I fear for Villa. The Gunners exploited their set-up, and if City are at their clinical best then it could be bad for them.”
He also said:
“It isn’t a must-win for Steven Gerrard – it is a ‘not going to win’ but it does build the pressure. If you have all pre-season and build a certain way then a manager should have time to bed them in. It hasn’t been a great start but they did beat Everton.”
Manchester City will be hot favorites against Aston Villa
Aston Villa have spent heavily this summer but despite the backing from the owners, Steven Gerrard’s side have been pretty dismal so far.
The Liverpool legend’s time at the Villa hot-seat could be numbered if results do not improve soon.
Meanwhile, Manchester City look stronger than ever following the arrival of Erling Haaland, who has made a blistering start to life in English football.
Gerrard has a huge task on his hands to stop the rampant Cityzens as another big defeat could potentially cost him his job.
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