Date: 27th September 2013 at 3:30pm
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City head to Birmingham as a whirlwind phase of games continues apace. 12 goals in 3 games and only 1 conceded, confidence is sky high…

Vital Quotes:

Manuel Pellegrini:
‘It is important that we see, like we did in the last match against Wigan, the same performance with different names. nobody is thinking about Bayern Munich. We will only think about Aston Villa. They are a strong team playing at home and we need to play a very good game if we want to win…we have the opportunity to win against Villa and it is important for us to reach the best position in the table. After we finish the match…we will start thinking about the match against Bayern, not before. The whole squad, me and the staff are only thinking about a win against Aston Villa.’

Paul Lambert:
‘You need to win your home games. I think you should have a good solid base at home. We’ve got to improve that. It seems like we’re doing it the other way around, winning away from home and finding it hard at home. I don’t know how that is. We don’t set our stall out any different. We go and try and win every game that we play in. It’s strange, but it’s something we know we have to put right.’

Aston Villa Team News:

OUT:
Jores Okore
Ashley Westwood
Charles N’Zogbia
Christian Benteke

LATE FITNESS TEST:
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Fabian Delph
Ciaran Clark
Antonio Luna

Player to watch: Nicklas Helenius

The Dane who had his shorts pulled down in the penalty area and made the big mistake under erratic English refereeing to admirably stay on his feet against Spurs this past week can play a bit too alongside his honesty. Could be tasked with taking the game to Kompany and Nastasic who it’s hoped will keep their hands to themselves.

Manchester City Team News:

OUT:
Martin Demichelis
Jack Rodwell
Sergio Aguero
David Silva

Player to watch: Yaya Touré

City’s top scorer, the league’s most prolific passer has gone up a gear this season under Pellegrini and has caught The Engineer’s eye at Carrington with the ferocity of his training, often self imposed once the squad session is done. In sync with Fernandinho ‘Barry’ who has been quietly going about his support work, the giant Ivorian is rumbling forwards more and more.

Match Facts & Stats

THE NUMBERS GAME:
Under Paul Lambert, The Villans have won only 5 of 21 home league games and have been defeated in 9 of the last 13 home matches.

Absent for this game, Sergio Aguero has now scored 51 goals from 93 City appearances. 38 of his strikes have come in 68 Premier League performances. Edin Dzeko with 43 and Yaya Toure with 33 goals are hot on Kun’s heels for their own City half centuries.

Villa have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Premier League home fixtures. Villa have the lowest average ball possession in the Premier League this season with only 40.3%.

The Blues have kept 3 clean sheets in the last 4 Premier League away trips and a league high 21 shut outs both home and away since the start of last season.

Head To Head
League: 59 City Wins, 38 Draws, 51 Villa Wins
League Cup: 1 City Win, 3 Villa Wins
FA Cup: 6 City Wins, 2 Draws, 2 Villa Wins
Total: 67 City Wins, 40 Draws, 56 Villa Wins

This Could Be The Last Time:
Mo 04Mar 2013 Aston Villa 0 – 1 Man City PL
Sa 17Nov 2012 Man City 5 – 0 Aston Villa PL
Tu 25Sep 2012 Man City 2 – 4 Aston Villa CC
Su 12Feb 2012 Aston Villa 0 – 1 Man City PL
Sa 15Oct 2011 Man City 4 – 1 Aston Villa PL

Betting: Villa 6 Draw 3 City 1/2 Racing Post Soccerbase

FORM LAST 6 GAMES ALL COMPETITIONS:
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City: LWDWWW

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Ref Watch:

Mike Jones of Chester
-Last Season: Sa 29Dec 2012 Norwich 3 – 4 Man City, Sa 04May 2013 Swansea 0 – 0 Man City This Season: No City Games Reffed To Date-2012/13: 31 Games, 85 Yellows, 3 Reds -2013/2014: 4 Games, 12 Yellows, 1 Red.

Match Prediction:

Johnny On The Spot:
What has struck seasoned MCFC observers in these opening weeks of the season is the clear and present togetherness evident in Manuel Pellegrini’s hugely talented City squad. Three facts stand out. The first is the intensity of the training. The second is the way each goal City score is celebrated by the entire team and the third, is how the players who aren’t directly involved in a game are right in amongst their on field team-mates to lend their support. For a latter example, check out the Tunnel Cam against Wigan and the rested or injured players visiting the dressing room. We are witnessing a squad of players who are enjoying their work and led by an established team backbone, resemble men on a mission. City’s support are lapping it up and eager for the next fixture…For the imminent obstacle of a currently beleaguered Villa side who have had the type of opening fixtures that should make David Moyes and his victimisation assertions blush, it will be interesting to see The Engineer’s squad rotation ahead of the massive clash with European Champions Bayern Munich next week. Whatever his team selection, the intention will be to get the job done quickly in the midlands and Villa can expect to be on the receiving end of an early City blast. The first fifteen minutes will be crucial…I expect the City juggernaut to record another win, especially if Lambert opts to open up as opposed to proceeding with caution. Villa 0 City 3

Next Fixtures:

all times East Manchester BST

We 02 Oct 20h00 Bayern Munich, The Etihad, CLGS2
Sa 05 Oct 12h45 Everton, The Etihad PL
Sa 19 Oct 17h30 West Ham, Upton Park PL
We 23 Oct 17h00 CSKA Moscow, Arena Khimki CLGS3
Su 27 Oct 16h00 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge PL
We 30 Oct TBC Newcastle, St James’ Park LC4
Sa 02 Nov 15h00 GMT Norwich City, The Etihad PL
Tu 05 Nov 19h45 GMT CSKA Moscow, The Etihad CLGS4
Su 10 Nov 1405 GMT Sunderland, Stadium of Light PL
Su 24 Nov 13h30 GMT Spurs, The Etihad PL
We 27 Nov 19h45 GMT Viktoria Plzen, The Etihad CLGS5
Su 01 Dec 16h10 GMT Swansea City, The Etihad PL
We 04 Dec 20h00 GMT West Brom, The Hawthorns PL
Sa 07 Dec 15h00 GMT Southampton, St Mary’s Stadium PL
Tu 10 Dec 19h45 GMT Bayern Munich, Allianz Arena CLGS
Sa 14 Dec 15h00 GMT Arsenal, The Etihad PL
Sa 21 Dec 15h00 GMT Fulham, Craven Cottage PL
Th 26 Dec 15h00 GMT Liverpool, The Etihad PL
Sa 28 Dec 15h00 GMT Crystal Palace, The Etihad PL
We 01 Jan2014 15h00 GMT Swansea City, Liberty Stadium PL

 
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