Manchester City will be hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League this weekend when they travel to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
These two massive English clubs going head to head forms the Super Sunday fixture this weekend and it should be a cracking contest. Both teams need the points, after all.
It is a tale of trying to improve recent form too. While Villa haven’t won at home since November, City have lost three of their last five Premier League away games. These are stats that both teams will want to put right on Sunday afternoon.
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Focusing on Villa specifically, it is fair to say that their season has been a frustrating one. As mentioned, form in front of their home fans has been poor and in total there have only been six league victories to celebrate all season.
A lack of goals has been partly to blame – they average 1.3 goals per game in the Premier League this season – and even though Robbie Keane has sparked a bit of life into their frontline, Darren Bent is still comfortably their top scorer with nine goals.
As for City, as mentioned they haven’t had it all their own way on the road recently. They may well be flying at home – they have still won every single Premier League home game this season – but on the road that have won one of their last six, losing three times.
If they are to win the title this season, this has to improve. Otherwise, a dangerous Manchester United side will overhaul them before too long.
All things considered, victory at Villa Park would probably be one of the most important victories of the campaign for Roberto Mancini’s men.
Looking at the team news for this one, Villa could welcome back striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, winger Marc Albrighton and central defender James Collins. As for City, well captain Vincent Kompany should come back into the starting line-up, although Mario Balotelli completes a four game suspension.
Overall, this should be a tight contest and one that could be settled by a single goal. It gets underway at 4pm on Sunday afternoon.