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Michael Taylor 4th Oct 2009 - 12:04

Adebayor’s return could be vital for City

Emmanuel Adebayor may be one of the Premier League's more dislikeable players but, when he returns from suspension on Monday night, he could be set to enhance his reputation as a growing Man City legend.

The big Togo international has been an absolute sensation since his arrival at Eastlands, managing a goal in each of his first four Premier League games for the Citizens, and he looks a great bet at 5/1 to open the scoring once again, this time against Aston Villa.

Nobody ever doubted the big man's ability when he was at Arsenal, constantly drawing comparisons to Didier Drogba, but the one big question mark next to his name was about his attitude.

Luckily for City they have the money to match his 'ambition' and, for the present future, they should be very happy beneficiaries of his power, strength and eye for goal - and this is one of the major reasons I'll be taking 6/4 about City winning here.

The truth is I'm as surprised as anyone about just how well City have started this season.

Adebayor has quickly started justifying his price tag, Carlos Tevez has shown why he was loved by the Man Utd fans and Gareth Barry has been the perfect tonic for the all-star forward line.

Barry, like Adebayor, is making a return this week only his is back to the club that he so brilliantly served for many years.

Villa manager Martin O'Neill was amongst Barry's biggest fans in his time in Birmingham and he'll be well aware of the stability he brings from his holding midfield role - he'll also be slightly worried about what his own side possesses to win that midfield battle.

Stiliyan Petrov and Fabian Delph started in the central role for the Villans in the 2-1 loss to Blackburn last week and you can't help but think that duo will struggle against the tenacity of Nigel de Jong and Barry.

At least they have plenty of creativity from both James Milner and Ashley Young on each flank and Gabby Agbonlahor up front, so goals should be on the card.

Agbonlahor, in particular, is bang in form at the minute with five goals in his last five matches and at 7/4 to score anytime looks superb value - especially if you remember the magnificent hat-trick he scored in this same fixture last season.

However, I just think City will have too much, whether it be in defence or attack.

Former Man City captain Richard Dunne was cast aside by Mark Hughes and sent to Villa in the off-season and his role will be pivotal in any success his new club enjoys both throughout the season and for this game.

He'll not likely be overly missed by City in the long run but he would love to prove a thorn in their side by shutting up shop alongside former Rangers star Carlos Cuellar.

If they can put in a shift then maybe a draw at 11/5 could come through (1-1 is priced 5/1) however I think City shape up so well on paper that an away win is easily the most sensible bet.

It seems nobody can stop City from scoring and after their unfortunate 4-3 loss at Old Trafford it also seems that they are fearless no matter who the opposition is.

I expect goals for both sides so if I was punting on the correct score market then I'd be leaning towards 2-1 Man City at 17/2 or even 3-2 at 28/1 - either way I think it could turn out to be a classic encounter.




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