Man City, Reds tipped for victory

THE champions and Premier League leaders face what appear to be relatively comfortable tasks.

Liverpool, though, who have long conceded their title to Manchester City, face a trickier test at Aston Villa than Leeds’ visit to the Citizens.

Of course, there are others who have forecast Villa facing a backlash in the wake of the Reds’ thumping by Madrid in midweek.

Jurgen Klopp’s side crashed 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Real Madrid after a sloppy showing. But they could bounce back with an emphatic victory over Villa, who are ninth in the league and five points behind seventh-placed Liverpool, with the side from Anfield having played a game more.

It seems no one can stop City marching towards a fourth title in 10 years and Leeds may yet become just another statistic in what is turning out to be a wonderful season for Pep Guardiola’s squad.

They won 2-1 at home against Borussia Dortmund and look set to advance to the Champions League semi-finals after next week’s second leg quarter-final tie.

Should Leeds eke out a draw, it would be a job well done. Of course, a win would simply be fantastic and most likely move them into the top half of the table. But it will not be easy, not by a long shot one suspects. Similarly, Villa could find it tough.

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