Nothing else, but 3 points for The Citizens.

Last updated: February 29, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWLLL
Away form: LLWLL
Last season: 3-2
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester City have already won a trophy this season – The Capital One Cup. The Citizens won on penalties against Liverpool in an exhausting game. In addition, they won the first leg of their 1/8-final in The Champions League against Dynamo Kiev. Now, they need the three points against the bottom team of the standings, Aston Villa, if they want to fight for the The Premier League title. So, Manuel Pellegrini’s players will be attacking from the very first minute of the game.

The Villains lost their last visit in The Premier League (2-1) to Stoke City and still have 16 points. It will be very difficult for them to stay in the league, but it is not an impossible task. But, they will need to take the three points, in order to save their chances for avoiding relegation.

Manuel Pellegrini’s lads couldn’t win against The Lions earlier this season, finishing with a 0-0 draw at Villa Park. But, The Citizens have won 46 of 76 games and have scored 160 goals against Aston Villa at home, while The Villains have recorded only 15 wins at The Etihad Stadium.

Team News

Jack Grealish is suffering from an ankle injury. The 20-year-old Irish midfielder has scored 1 goal in 12 matches for The Villains.

Carlos Sanchez, Adama Traore and Jordan Amavi are the other injured players in Remi Garde’s squad. Amavi is out until the end of the season.

Kevin De Bruyne is suffering from a knee injury. He is expected to return to the pitch at the end of the month. The last time the Belgian played was against Everton a month ago.

Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri are also injured. The Frenchman has a hamstring problem and will be fit at the end of April.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “I’m happy for the performance of the team against a very difficult side in Liverpool.”

Remi Garde Remi Garde (Aston Villa) : “To run a football team if you have no competition within the team and within the squad it’s not the best thing.”

Expected line-ups:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Caballero, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Fernando, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, Toure, Aguero.
Subs Hart, Sagna, Navas, Bony, Clichy, Iheanacho, Mangala.
Injured: Nasri, De Bruyne, Delph.
Not available:
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Richards, Okore, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Veretout, Charles Gil, Ayew.
Subs Hutton, Agbonlahor, Gestede, Clark, Sinclair, Bunn, Richardson.
Injured: Amavi, Sanchez, Traore, Grealish.
Not available:

So far this season

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Manchester City this season Aston Villa this season
4 League Position 20
9 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 2-0 vs. Norwich
1 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
4 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 7 (10)
1-4 to Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0-6 to Liverpool
Aguero (14) Top scorer Ayew (5)
De Bruyne (9) Assist Leader Veretout (4)
Y46, R0 Discipline Y55, R1
5 Failures to score 11
11 Clean Sheets 5
14 Both Teams to Score Games 13
17 Over 2.5 Games 11
10 Under 2.5 Games 16
  • There have been ‘over 2.5 goals scored’ in 11 of The Citizens’ last 12 Premier League games at The Etihad Stadium. They won 7 of these matches.
  • The Villains have won only 3 of their 27 Premiership matches this season. They have recorded the biggest number of defeats – 17.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored 14 goals in The Premier League this season. In comparison, the total number of Villa goals in the league is 21.
  • Man City have won 9 of 14 matches at The Etihad Stadium in The Premier League. The Citizens have scored 35 and have conceded just 17 goals.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
30/01/16 The FA Cup Aston Villa 0-4 Man City K. Iheanacho 4′
08/11/15 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-0 Man City
25/04/15 The Premier League Man City 3-2 Aston Villa S. Agüero 3′
04/10/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-2 Man City Y. Touré 82′
07/05/14 The Premier League Man City 4-0 Aston Villa E. Džeko 64′