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Villa in crosshairs of Sky Blue Spanish Eyes

Fresh from creating a vision of Champions League wonderment in Seville’s architectural paradise, Manchester City’s focus now switches to demolishing a domestic Villa in not-so beautiful Birmingham. City’s exquisitely crafted 3-1 victory in Spain cemented the foundations of what promises to be their best ever Champions League campaign, and underpinned the strength in depth of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad. Hewn from an irresistible blend of Hispanic, Latino and European influences, City […]

13 days, 6 points, 5 goals & 2 places up help ease City’s pain

Realistically, Manchester City remain as Champions of England for another 48 hours or, at best, until next Sunday afternoon when the ribbons on the Premier League trophy will go a deeper shade of blue. In truth City surrendered the title to Chelsea with three abhorrent away losses at Liverpool, Burnley and Crystal Palace, prior to the derby day horror show at Old Trafford. A tidal wave of disappointment and under […]

Why are City always the villains? Aston Villa 0 Man City 2

When Sir Baconface’s bunch used to score late goals to win with monotonous regularity, the Manure-fawning media told us it was ‘The United way’ – it was in the Swamp-dwellers DNA. When Moanrinho’s lot dominate a game, dictate the play, sometimes park the bus but emerge victorious, it’s a testimony to Maureen’s tactical genius and Chelsea’s patience and professionalism. When Manchester City bag a brace of beauties, have 68% possession, […]

City want Top 20 victory over Villa - Aston Villa v Man City

It’s a return to the muck and bullets of domestic football for Manchester City after the mid-week disappointment of the failure to repel invading Roman forces. Whereas AS Roma did an effective Italian job in limiting City to a 1-1 draw on home soil, the Sky Blues often find the fields of Birmingham to be very fertile ground. Last season’s shock 3-2 reversal was far from keeping with the norm […]

City set for splashdown! MAN CITY 4 ASTON VILLA 0

Singing and dancing in the rain, the Manchester City faithful soaked up the unbridled joy of an Etihad Stadium awash with goals, as Liverpool’s title bid all but went down the plughole. Whereas the puddled Scousers had been prematurely celebrating amid the April showers, it’s the City fans feeling rosy as May flowers with sky blue blooms and the sweet scent of Premier League success. Manuel Pellegrini’s crop are proving […]

Manuel bans the 'C' word - MAN CITY v ASTON VILLA

A conspicuous absence of the ‘C’ word at the Etihad Stadium should see Manchester City emerge as heroes and not villains, in the penultimate game of this, the most pulsating of Premier League finales. Complacency is the only conceivable obstacle to a City win that would send them two points clear at the top of the table tonight. Anything less than maximum points would be a self-inflicted football crime and […]

ASTON VILLA 3 MAN CITY 2 - Black day for sky blues in Brum

In modern day football parlance one always looks for the positives in a performance, irrespective of the result. Perversely there were some for Manchester City, but whatever vernacular is applied, a loss to a weakened Aston Villa is pretty inexcusable. There are lies, damned lies and statistics but the numbers clearly didn’t stack up for Manuel Pellegrini’s men after twice surrendering a lead and dominating the play. Possession is nine-tenths […]

ASTON VILLA v MAN CITY - City must maintain Manchester derby momentum

If Manchester City’s purple patch of form is to continue then the Villains of Aston will be more black and blue than claret and blue come five o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Statistically City like to play Villa more than any other Premier League rival – they’ve beaten them more than any other top flight side – 18 times in total. They’ve won seven of the last nine encounters, drawn one and […]

ASTON VILLA 0 MAN CITY 1 - The Unlikely Lads

A contented Carlos Tevez and a commanding Kolo Toure were the ‘unlikely’ heroes of a hard fought, but ultimately well deserved Manchester City win over struggling Aston Villa. I say ‘unlikely’ based on a backdrop of not-too-distant history when Tevez was a social pariah and Kolo the butt of many a joke, serving a drugs ban for taking his wife’s slimming tablets. It just goes to show rehabilitation is a […]

ASTON VILLA v MAN CITY - City can't afford blank look

As a general rule Manchester City like playing Aston Villa – more often than not it ends in City cheers and Villa tears. Given the perilous plight of Paul Lambert’s claret and blues, the Villa faithful could be sobbing their hearts out if City push them closer to the relegation trapdoor. It’s a proverbial ‘must win’ as City strive to sustain an unlikely assault on the retention of their Premier […]