Aston Villa v Manchester City: Squad sheets

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Aston Vila and Manchester City square up to one another, Monday February 4th, 2013 on what could be a season defining game.

For Manchester City anything less that a win would see them slip even further behind League leaders and their fiercest rivals, Manchester Utd, which now stands at a massive fifteen points. With only eleven games left of the 2012/13-season time is running out for last season’s champions to make up the deficit.

As for Aston Villa, things are looking very bleak. This week the club announced a loss of $26m in the year ending 31st May 2012 and head into the game with City deep within the relegation zone. Lose or draw against Manchester City means they will remain in the bottom three, and given the state of Villas current form it is safe to say the next few months are going to be pretty uncomfortable for Villa’s manager, players and fans. Should they get go down Villa will be one of the biggest clubs to be relegated from the Premier League, since it started in 1992. The financial fall out alone with be catastrophic.

Match Facts:

Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham

Last season’s result: Aston Villa 0 Man City 1

Aston Villa form guide: LWDLDL

Manchester City form guide: WLDDWW

Aston Villa leading scorer: Benteke – 11

Manchester City leading scorer: Dzeko – 12

Possible team line-ups:

Aston Villa 4-2-3-1: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Lowton, Baker, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, N’Zogbia, Benteke, Agbonlahor

Manager: Paul Lambert

Manchester City 4-2-3-1: Hart, K Toure, Nastasic, Clichy, Zabaleta, Barry, Y Toure, Tevez, Milner, Silva, Aguero

Manager: Roberto Mancini

Aston Villa subs from: Given, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Bent, Holman, Sylla, Bowery, Dawkins, Bannan, Bennett, Stevens, Lichaj, Herd

Aston Villa injuries: Albrighton (foot, Apr), Gardner (knee, Aug), Dunne (groin, unknown), Petrov (leukaemia, unknown)

Manchester City subs from: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Sinclair, Razak, Lescott, Nasri, Rodwell, Kompany, Maicon, Guidetti, García, Guidetti

Manchester City injuries: Richards (ankle, 16 Mar)

Additional Information:

  • Villa have scored 999 goals in the Premier League and could become the eighth club (after Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton) to reach 1,000
  • City have lost on just three of their past 16 visits to Villa Park in all competitions
  • Villa have more league games in March (35) than any other side in the history of the Premier League
  • This season, City have won 69% of games with Matija Nastasic in the side (11 of 16) and only 45% of those he has missed (five of 11)
  • Villa are the only side to have wasted a two-goal lead on three separate occasions this season (Source guardiannews.com)

Prediction: Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 3

(photo – Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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