Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: 5 March 2016
Kick off: 15:00
UK TV: Not on TV.
So, our gaffer reckons we need to win at least nine of our remaining eleven games to have a chance of winning the title. Unfortunately for us, winning often goes hand in hand with playing well and with three of those fixtures coming against teams in the current top eight, we can rule out those coveted 27 points.
There may be one exception to the ‘playing well wins you games’ rule, however: Aston Villa. My God have they been shit this season and you’d think even 50% of a performance from us tomorrow would be enough to dismantle Rémi Garde’s duds. Mind you, if we play like we did against Liverpool on Wednesday, Villa will be laughing.
In all seriousness, it would take a performance like that for Villa to pull off one of the shocks of the season. The first meeting between the two sides this season at Villa Park was a tale of inflatable snakes and incompetent strikers as extraordinary misses from Raheem Sterling and Fernando ensured the hosts would escape with a point. This was Garde’s first game in charge and the result was an encouraging one for fans of the Midland’s side, but he has proven to be as useful as a chocolate teapot since. The side are now rooted to the bottom of the table eight points behind 19th place Newcastle and couldn’t even beat their U21s.
A win it is then? Probably. Villa haven’t beaten us at our place in the league since 2007 when John Carew and Shaun Maloney got the goals in a 2-0 win. City have scored 23 goals in eight home games against The Villains since that date. It’s a fixture we enjoy.
However, Garde does have two City legends at his disposal tomorrow which is never a good thing. It’s unlikely that Micah nor Joleon will follow James Milner’s lead and celebrate against us like a slimy, ungrateful twat should they score, but I wouldn’t rule out two world class performances from the pair.
The visitors have no fresh injury concerns but remain without Carlos Sanchez, Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak, Adama Traore and Jordan Amavi.
Yaya Touré, the only player in the side who can effectively link our defence and attack, is expected to return after missing the trip to Anfield with a foot injury. De Bruyne, Nasri and Delph are still unavailable.
If we lose this one, I’m hibernating. 3-0.
Predict the score:
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