Aston Villa predicted XI vs Manchester City: Steven Gerrard looks to help Liverpool snatch title on final day

Does anyone know if there’s much riding on this game?

Friday, 20th May 2022, 9:05 am

Aston Villa head into their final game of the 2021/22 season with the weight of Merseyside on their shoulders.

They travel to Manchester to take on current Premier League leaders Manchester City knowing that a point or more will likely send the title to Liverpool - Steven Gerrard’s boyhood club.

Whilst the match is nothing more than a dead rubber from a Villa perspective, they’ve inadvertedly ended up in one of the most exciting final days in many a year.

If they lose, they know that a former boyhood fan of their own, Jack Grealish, will be lifting a trophy right in front of their very eyes whilst if they win or draw they know they’ll have the freedom of Liverpool - the red half, anyway.

Manager Gerrard’s full focus is on Villa and getting the job done for them but there’s no denying deep down, he’s absolutely desperate to get a result on Sunday to send more than just the fans of his current team home happy.

It’s a big, big selection decision ahead of him too. Certain players failed to take their chance on Thursday evening whilst others like Emiliano Buendia did - but how often have we seen him start multiple games in succession?

Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins are always a threat together but will he risk playing two up top against a team like Manchester City?

For the final time this season then, here’s the eleven we think Gerrard will go with for a nice quiet afternoon at the Etihad...

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