This Saturday (5 March), KTN will be showing the English Barclays Premier League fixture between Manchester City and Aston Villa with a 6pm (Kenya time) kick off.
Both Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Aston Villa boss Remi Garde have demanded their sides show an instant improvement to prevent their seasons going up in smoke.
The 3-0 mid-week defeat to Liverpool was the first time Manchester City have lost three successive Premier League matches in over seven years. This left them 10 points adrift of leaders Leicester, with a match in hand and on level points with local rivals Manchester United.
“The most important thing is to recover our performance in the Premier League, the performance we showed in the last two games in the Champions League and the Capital One Cup, and try to win as many points as we can. I am not thinking about the title and not thinking about not to qualify for the Champions League. It is important to think in the next game we need to win because we lost the last three in the Premier League.”
– Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini
Following another loss for Remi Garde’s Aston Villa during the week, the manager has demanded that Aston Villa’s desire to defend properly must improve if they are to have any chance of Premier League survival.
“We couldn’t have made a worse start. In football, 30 per cent of goals are scored in set-pieces. This is part of the game. I don’t want to blame any one player. We all have to do better. We conceded an early goal against (Manchester) City in the cup, one against Liverpool was at a set-piece and another one here (against Everton). Sometimes I think the way you defend at set-pieces and the commitment you put at set-pieces is very important. It’s not a question of tactics, it’s the desire to clear the ball.” – Aston Villa manager, Remi Garde
Manchester City are holding their breaths over the return of Yaya Toure, without whom they looked toothless against Liverpool during the week. Samir Nasri, Kevin de Bruyne and Fabian Delph are all progressing but likely won’t be back until next month.
Aston Villa might have Adama Traore available again, but Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez and Libor Kozák remain injured.
Manchester City v Aston Villa Match Trivia
- Only Everton (63) have lost more top flight matches against Manchester City than Aston Villa (62).
- Manchester City have won eight consecutive PL home matches against Aston Villa, since the 2-0 defeat on 28 April 2007 (goals by John Carew and Shaun Maloney). Villa have only had longer top flight away losing streaks versus Burnley (10, 1949-1958) and Spurs (9, 1956-1964).
- Manchester City have scored at least three goals in the last six of those victories.
- Aston Villa have won only one of their last nine PL matches against Manchester City (D1-L7), the 3-2 home victory on 28 September 2013.
- In the reverse fixture this season, it finished 0-0 on 8 November in Rémi Garde’s first match as Aston Villa manager.
- Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth are the only teams not to have scored a PL goal against Aston Villa this season.
- These teams also met at Villa Park in the FA Cup fourth round on 30 January. Manchester City won 4-0 with goals by Kelechi Iheanacho (4′, 24′ penalty, 74′) and Raheem Sterling (76′).
Manchester City v Aston Villa will also be broadcast on SuperSport 11 (DStv channel 203).