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The curse of Everton

 

 

Everton celebrate their victory against Man City
Everton celebrate their victory against Man City

What is it with Everton, the perpetual party poopers. Last year, on April 22nd, their shock come back from 4-2 away to Manchester United to draw 4-4 arguably cost Man Utd the title.

At the end of the season Alex Ferguson was quoted as saying “If I had to pick out one single match where we lost our title it would have to be that game”

This year they have done it again, this time to Manchester Utd’s noisy neighbors, Manchester City. Coming into the game on Saturday March 16th City trailed Utd by 12 points, and only a win would do. However, Everton were in no mood to hand over the points and comfortably beat the champions 2-0, a result, many believe will signal the end of Manchester City’s attempt to close the gap.

Everton and their manager David Moyeshave won five of the past seven Premier League matches against Manchester City since Italian manger Roberto Mancini took over in December 2009. This means that Mancini has lost more times to Moyes than to any other manager in the league. One can only guess that Moyes has a point to prove, and prove it he does extremely well.

With a squad costing a fraction of what City’s cost to assemble, the man of the match was Everton’s Seamus Coleman. He cost $90,000 from Sligo Rovers and set about stifling (with huge success) the $200m worth of midfield and striking talent that Man City threw up against him.

Mancini is determined to cut the point’s deficit ahead of next month’s derby against Manchester United, but with a result like this, the championship may already be well and truly over.

With Mancini too angry to talk to the press after the game, the post-match interview was left to Cities assistant manager, David Platt. When Platt was asked what the manager was so angry about, he calmly replied “everything in general”.

As for Everton, the result cemented their status as the team nobody likes to play – especially if its springtime and you are in contention for the title.

Photo: eurosport.du.ae

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Aston Villa v Manchester City: Squad sheets

Arsenal v Aston Villa - Premier League

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)