Aston Villa vs Manchester City Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 4, 2013; Time: 8:00 PM UTC;
Time: Villa Park — Birmingham.
Mancini’s team will aim to keep their title hopes alive. The EPL champions will hope to cut down the space at the top of the league table when they visit Paul Lambert’s struggling team at Villa Park.
Aston Villa are in the relegation zone in 18th place with just 24 points from 27 matches. They have won 5, drawn 9 and lost 13 games so far this season. The Midlands are away from safety zone just by goal difference. Their present form has seen 1 win, 1 draw and 3 defeats from last five games. Last five home matches Aston Villa have finished with 3 victories and 2 losses.
Manchester City goes 2nd in the EPL with 56 points from 27 matches, having won 16, drawn 8 and lost 3 so far this season. It leaves them 12 points behind leaders Man United and 5 points above of 3rd-placed Tottenham. Their present form has seen 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in their last 5 matches. It is the not the type of form needed for Champions, so they will deservedly lose out the title if will continue in such ways. Last five far away from home games Man City have finished with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat.
Aston Villa head coach Paul Lambert can’t count on Marc Albrighton and Richard Dunne due to injuries, but Shay Given, Ron Vlaar and Darren Bent could all return on the field. Chris Herd is still sidelined cause of an ankle strain problem. Craig Gardner is a long-term injured.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will play without Maicon. Brazilian def is sidelined with a knee injury. Vincent Kompany also could miss this tie due to a calf problem. Gareth Barry and Micah Richards have returned to fitness and could start from the bench.
Aston Villa line-up: Guzan, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, Wiemann, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Last three matches:
Arsenal 2 – Aston Villa 1;
Aston Villa 2 – West Ham 1;
Everton 3 – Aston Villa 3.
Manchester City line-up: Hart, Zabaleta, K.Toure, Nastasic, Clichy,
Rodwell, Garcia, Milner, Y. Toure, Silva, Aguero.
Last three matches:
Manchester City FC 2 – Chelsea FC 0;
Manchester City FC 4 – Leeds 0;
Southampton 3 – Manchester City FC 1.