Manchester City Vs Aston Villa: The Citizens face Aston Villa against whom they have not lost at the Etihad in the last Eight games.
City players are desperate for a win and get them back to winning ways after defeated 3-0 by rivals Liverpool in their last league fixture. City are trailing by 10 points to league leaders Leicester City and are 7 points behind second placed Tottenham. City dropped from being one of the title favorites to a team to battle for a Top 4 spot. But manager Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic that they are still in the title race since the Premier League is highly unpredictable.
On the other hand, Aston Villa are in the least position in the League table with 8 points behind 19th placed New Castle United who have played a game fewer than the Villans. If Aston Villa have any idea of playing the Premier League next season, they have to improve very quick and a win against a very strong City side will serve as a big boost.
Manchester City Vs Aston Villa Match Preview: 6/3/2016 Premier League
“Hopefully we will prove once again, as we did in the home game against City, that football doesn’t always go as predicted,” told Aston Villa manager Remi Garde when asked about how his team is going to prepare for the big game. Though Aston Villa have the courage to do an upset at the Etihad, their position, and recent form do not justify the manager’s claims. Villa has scored just 5 goals in their last 10 Premier League away games.
“We are not going to give up. Ten points is a lot but we have one game (in hand) and in the Premier League you never know when you are going to lose points.We have just had a bad moment in the league but we have another 33 points to try to reach it,” told Manuel Pellegrini. Certainly the league race is not over and Pellegrini is very well right that EPL is highly unpredictable and anyone can lose points anywhere.
Manchester City Squad News
City have boosted with Yaya Toure’s return to the squad who will feature against Aston Villa after missing out the last league game against Liverpool. David Silva, Raheem Sterling are thriving to create even from narrow spaces while Sergio Aguero is in fine form to notch goals. If this trio can work together then we will see more goals at the Etihad. Kevin de Bryune, Fabian Delph, and Samir Nasri remain sidelined for Pellegrini’s men.
Expected Starting XI: Manchester City
Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero.
Aston Villa Squad News
Remi Garde is without Carlos Sanchez, Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak, Adama Traore, and Jordan Amavi once again and have to rely on Rudy Gestade who scored a goal against Everton in their last game. Villa has scored the least no of goals in the division(22 goals) and have not won an away game in their last 13 trips. Defender Micha Richards is set to make his 200th appearance in the Premier League against his former team Manchester City for whom he made 179 appearances.
Expected Starting XI: Aston Villa
Brad Guzan, Alan Hutton, Micha Richards, Ciaran Clark, Joleon Lescott, Aly Cissokho, Ashley Westwood, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Bacuna, Gabriel Agnolahar, Jordan Ayew.
Manchester City Vs Aston Villa Match Prediction
It’s an easy win for Manchester City, but Aston Villa can also score a goal as they did in the same fixture last year. City always finish a league campaign stronger and Villa will not stand a chance if City gets going. The game will be a 3-1 win to Manchester City.