We’re hosting the League Champions at home on Monday, expect a tough game. Aston Villa aren’t really good at home and Man. City will be determined to catch up to their title rivals Manchester United. Last weekend Man. City beat Chelsea 2-0 and Villa lost 2-1 to Arsenal; Villa aren’t playing too badly, but with a poor defence Villa have conceded far to many late goals. It’s going to be a very tough game and I don’t personally expect anything out of this game.
Aston Villa Team News:
Albrighton and Dunne are still missing alongside with long-term injured Gary Gardner. Chris Herd is also out with a knee injury. Darren Bent, Vlaar and Given should all return to the side following their injury set backs last weekend.
Manchester City Team News:
Maicon is definitely out with an injury and Kompany is most likely going to miss this fixture. Mancini will probably not risk him for this game. Richards and Barry will most likely be fit and will have a place on the bench.
Aston Villa Facts:
Paul Lambert’s side have lost all eight league encounters where they have been behind at half-time.
No-one has scored more Premier League goals in 2013 than Christian Benteke (6).
Villa have averaged only 0.84 pts per game against Man City in the Barclays Premier League era, only against Man Utd (0.46) and Arsenal (0.83) have they averaged fewer.
Manchester City Facts:
Only Reading (14) have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of league matches this season than Manchester City (13).
Manchester City have won 69% of games with Matija Nastasic this season (11 of 16) and just 45% of those that he has missed (5 of 11).
Man City have scored four or more goals in three of their last five league games against Aston Villa.