PREVIEW: Aston Villa v Man City
[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result for the column at White Hart Lane with the DRAW recommendation coming up trumps.
A busy sporting weekend – and on Sunday I’ll be having a look at the Arc at Longchamp.
But for Saturday it’s the teatime clash at Villa Park.
The stats all point towards the defending champions in the 5.30pm kick off. Villa have only beaten City twice in their last 11 meetings.
City have taken seven points from three away league games this season whereas the Villains come into this on the back of successive 3-0 defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Arsenal. However, they did beat Liverpool at Anfield last month and considering their tough fixture list have made a bright start to the new season in sixth place in the table.
Aston Villa v Man City
HEAD TO HEAD
(Maximum 10 matches)
May 2014 Premier Man City 4-0 Aston Villa
Sep 2013 Premier Aston Villa 3-2 Man City
Mar 2013 Premier Aston Villa 0-1 Man City
Nov 2012 Premier Man City 5-0 Aston Villa
Sep 2012 Capital One Man City 2-4 Aston Villa
Feb 2012 Premier Aston Villa 0-1 Man City
Oct 2011 Premier Man City 4-1 Aston Villa
Mar 2011 FA Cup Man City 3-0 Aston Villa
Jan 2011 Premier Aston Villa 1-0 Man City
Dec 2010 Premier Man City 4-0 Aston Villa
Man City are currently in third place in the table and are not quite firing on all cylinders.
Since losing the season opening Community Shield against Arsenal, City suffered a shock defeat at home to Stoke and have been held to draws by both Arsenal and Chelsea.
Their form in Europe in the Champions League has also come under a little pressure. They lost their first Group game to Bayern and this week failed to hold on to their early lead against Roma with the match finishing 1-1.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side look too short for this match and at the risk of sounding repetitive it’s again the draw (at around 7/2 with Star Sports) that makes the most appeal.