Monday, 5 October 2009
Aston Villa vs Man City - Mon 5Th Oct 20:00 pm
City travel to Villa Park knowing that a win will keep us in good shape to break the top four, saying that Villa are also a team looking for a top four place and will by no means be an easy team to play against.
I have a feeling that we will be in for a very tough game tonight, Villa pretty much have everything a good team needs, they have pace, strength, goal scorers, goal providers and they work very hard for each other. The thing with that is we have more than enough of all those attributes as well, so I am not saying we should worry about it but maybe that we should have a hard think about how to stop Villa's quality.
I certainly think that we can win this game tonight, Villa are another team who are not scared to attack and as I have said before any team that commits players forward against us will be punished. I would like to think Hughes has prepared a strategy that will stop what I consider Villa's best players, which are Milner and Young. Agbonlahor is the man who will provide the pace to latch on to anything that the clever Young and Milner will create, so if we can stop them two then you basically stop Agbonlahor, it is not easy to stop players of this quality but I think half the battle will be won if we do.
This game sees both Dunney and Barry play against their former clubs, although I love Dunney I must say we got the better signing out of the two. Barry has been brilliant since he has been at City and hopefully with the bit between his teeth playing against his former club, he will play even better tonight and be the key to a City victory.
Man City Team News:
Emmanuel Adebayor is back from suspension after serving his three match ban. Robinho (ankle), Nedum Onuoha (thigh), Vincent Kompany (toe/ankle) and Benjani Mwaruwari (thigh)are all still injured. Michael Johnson and Roque Santa Cruz should feature on the bench again after recently returning to fitness and Stephen Ireland should return to the squad after missing the last game with a bug.
Aston Villa Team News:
Luke Young is out with a thigh injury and Curtis Davies misses out with a long term shoulder injury.
Possible Man City Line Up: Given, Zabaleta, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Barry, De Jong, Bellamy, Tevez, Adebayor.
Possible Aston Villa Line Up: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Milner, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Young, Heskey, Agbonlahor.
My Prediction: Aston Villa 1 - 3 Man City.
Worth A Bet: De Jong and Tevez score in a 3 - 1 City win.