Manchester City vs Aston Villa, English Premier League, Matchday 29.
Kickoff: 15:00 GMT, Saturday, 5th March 2016.
Manchester City keen to get back to winning ways after tasting defeats in their last three league games when they lost relegation candidates Aston Villa at the Etihad on Saturday.
The three defeats in a row has pegged back the Citizens from their title winning chances and found themselves in all sorts of trouble as they are in bid threat of falling out of the top four in the table. Neighbors Man United are level on points at the start of the game and London rivals West Ham sit at 3 points below them providing credible threat to their top four finishing chances.
Aston Villa’s sorry run continues as Remi Garde is powerless to revive their campaign since taking over in January. Villa have now lost three matches in a row and must find motivation from somewhere when they come against a team that haven’t scored in four of the last five meetings.
Last 5 Premier League matches:
Man City: LLLWD
Aston Villa: LLLWL
One win their last five league games and Manchester City have fallen from title contenders to top four candidates in a matter of 30 days. They lost their last three league games and two of which came at home against Leicester and Tottenham respectively. However the Citizens score a higher proportion of goals when they face teams of Villa’s calibre at Etihad.
Aston Villa have won just three out of their 28 league games so far this season and their only away win came against the newly promoted Bournemouth on the opening day of this season’s Premier League campaign. They have conceded at least 2 goals in the last five league games.
Manchester City: Team News
Yaya Toure is close to a return from injury, but is likely to be risked here, while Fabian Delph, Samir Nasri and De Bruyne are already sidelined and expected to return in April.
Manchester City head-coach Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to tinker with his starting lineup, but Kolarov and Sagna could come in the place of Zabaleta and Clichy who featured in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool.
Manchester City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hart – Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov, Sagna – Fernandinho, Fernando – Silva, Sterling, Navas – Aguero.
Aston Villa : Team News
Jordan Amavi, Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez, Libor Kozak, Adama Traore are inured for Aston Villa. Remi Garde used a 5-3-2 formation in the 3-1 defeat to Everton and he is expected to revert to the usual 4-3-3 formation at Etihad.
Aston Villa: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Bunn – Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho – Bacuna, Westwood, Gueye – Agbonlahor, Carles Gil, Ayew.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Head-to-Head Stats
The teams met in the FA Cup home fourth round at Villa Park in January where City thumped Villa by 4 goals to none. However the reverse fixture of this season’s clash between the sides end in a 0-0 stalemate, which was Remi Garde’s first match in charge as Aston Villa manager.
Aston Villa’s overall record in the premier League against Manchester City is a poor one, which reads 4 wins for City and one for Villa. And Manchester City have won 9 out of their last 10 home matches against Villa in all competitions. The only match they failed to win in the meantime was the Capital One Cup tie in 2012/13, which stood at 2-2 after 90 minutes, went on to win by Villa in the added extra time.
Manchester City vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be desperate for a win to avoid further slip in the league standings and they have a perfect opportunity here against an Aston Villa side, who looked out of sorts throughout the season. There is only one way, this could end and that is a City win and expect them to keep a clean sheet and score 2 or more goals.[interaction id=”56d8a14836e5105a3a4973de”]