Aston Villa v Man City
Aston Villa Vs Man City at Villa Park Monday 4th March 2013.
Last Win/Defeat Last Win/Defeat
Won 2-1 v West Ham (H) 10/2/13 Won 2-0 v Chelsea (H) 24.2.13
Lost 2-1 v Arsenal (A) 23/2/13 Lost 3-1 v Southampton (A) 9/2/13
Last Corresponding Game:
Sunday 12/2/12 at Villa Park:
Aston Villa 0-1 Man City
Aston Villa: Manager, Paul Lambert
It seems for this forthcoming game against Man City for Aston Villa it is all about who will be fit (or otherwise) for the game and its subsequent outcome.
Skipper Ron Vlaar will be hoping to be fit as he missed the game against Arsenal last weekend with Darren Bent also in doubt owing to a foot injury.
It has been interesting to observe the positive comments throughout the media of Aston Villa’s former boss, Houllier, who has given much praise to Gabbyy Agbongahor, Christen Benteke, Charles N’Zogbia along with Andreas Weimann who says “ that these players “hold the key for Villa’s fight for survival.”
In addition Weimann is said to be “relishing the Man City game especially as it is under the lights of the glorious Villa Park.”
Paul Lambert would appear to endorse these comments if various media reports are to be believed.
Aston Villa’s form over their past few games has been good and with eleven games remaining Aston Villa appear to have gathered all the fighting spirit they need in their struggle for survival to climb up and out of the bottom three. They appear ready for battle with a determination to make every game a winner and finding the ability to sustain motivation – all achievable given the Claret and Blue’s faithful supporters.
Man City: Manager, Roberto Mancini
Injury concerns also play a prominent role for Man City with Belgium International (defender and captain) Vincent Kompany continuing to have problems with a calf injury having already missed five games owing to this injury. Midfielder Gareth Barry should be fit for this game, however, both right back, Maicon and Richards are likely to remain on the sidelines both suffering from knee injuries.
In addition midfielder, Jack Rodwell (the summer purchase from Everton) is quoted in various media outlets as saying “ I’ve missed a lot of games which is disappointing, but maybe it’s a good time to come back now for the last push of the season. We need as many bodies as we can.”
Man City have an enormous task ahead of them to catch up with Man United who sit firmly on top of the English Premier League table so Mancini will be hungry for every win in City’s determination to fight all the way to the end of this season.
Mancini is quoted throughout the media as saying “everything is possible” – 11 games to play (33 points).
With the disruptions occurring at Chelsea and if (and it is a big “if”) Sir Alex Ferguson “trips” then, yes indeed, anything is indeed possible.