MAN CITY v Aston Villa: The FA Cup PREVIEW

1 Mar

After a deflating draw at home to Fulham, Man City return to FA Cup action, with Aston Villa the visitors for this last sixteen tie. A home draw against Reading awaits the winner, and with a number of top clubs already knocked out of the competition, this is one trophy which offers a fantastic chance to attain silverware. Roberto Mancini has declared his intention to win this trophy, so despite a hectic fixture schedule, he is determined to field a strong side.

In the Premier League, we have had mixed results against the Villains. A Mario Balotelli hat-trick enabled us to cruise to a comfortable home win, but in the return fixture, Darren Bent, on his debut, scored the only goal of the game, leaving the Blues frustrated. Fortunately for City, the England striker is ineligible for this match, having appeared for former club Sunderland in the third round against Notts County.

With regards to City’s team selection, Roberto Mancini is without the services of the inspirational Vincent Kompany, who is likely to be fit for the weekend’s Premier League fixture with Wigan. However, on the plus side, both Micah Richards and David Silva are on the verge of returning, and although Mancini may be more cautious with Micah, I’d expect Silva to be thrown straight back into the fray. Forgotten man Michael Johnson is likely to be on the bench as he continues his recovery from a succession of serious injuries, but Nigel de Jong is still sidelined.

Here is the team Mancini could select:

Manchester City 4-3-3 football formation

The visitors have been improving recently, aided by the goalscoring exploits of Bent, whilst the threat of Ashley Young on the wing cannot be underestimated. In Richard Dunne and James Collins, they have a centre-back partnership who are willing to put their bodies on the line in search of a clean sheet. Dunne will surely get a superb reception on his return to City, but Gareth Barry will receive a torrent of abuse from the Villa fans, something which has affected the midfielder’s performances every time he has faced his former club.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg – Has an ego twice the size of Mario Balotelli’s. Allows players to elbow others without punishment, claiming he saw the incident despite replays showing the opposite. Loves the limelight and courts controversy. As you can tell, I’m not his biggest fan!

Prediction: MAN CITY 2 1 Aston Villa – This is a tough one to predict, as it’s not entirely clear how great an effect fatigue will have on the players. With the game being a cup tie, one goal could make it exciting to watch and whoever scores first, I would back to win. Goals to be scored by Carlos Tévez, Edin Džeko and Ashley Young.


8 Responses to “MAN CITY v Aston Villa: The FA Cup PREVIEW”

  1. Ricky 01/03/2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Loving the new graphics

  2. JOHN GUIDETTI IS MY HERO!!! 01/03/2011 at 6:40 pm #

    New team selection bit is FAB

    I detest Clattenburg and will be attending the match, so will let you know how I feel he does…likes to ruin games too by sending people off after 2 minutes….*COUGH* Boyata *COUGH*

    p.s still not sure if Silva will player. Where’s Yaya in your team? Injured or just utterly useless?

    p.p.s will Guidetti be on the bench,m after all he is my hero and we are practically brothers having met for just over a minute at the cinema 🙂

    • View From A Blue 01/03/2011 at 7:07 pm #

      I think he was right to send Boyata off to be fair. Last man and he brought the guy down. I don’t have complaints with that…

      I think Yaya might be rested as he has been the only player to start all of our last 7 games or so (expect Hart). And besides, he’s a disgrace! 😉

      Guidetti I don’t think will be on the bench. He’s playing for the EDS tonight, along with Wabara and Assulin so I don’t think Mancini would have let them play if he needed them tomorrow.

  3. Citysince77 01/03/2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I reckon Dzeko is saving his goals for the cup at the minute and I hope to see a few more of them tomorrow. I feel Carlos also has to step up to the plate once again and I believe he can without the distraction of Balotelli on the same pitch. I really do not think they work together well at all as I feel Tevez see’s himself as the exact opposite to the laid back style of Balotelli. On Sunday Carlos seemed to be constantly checking his position in relation to the Italian and that cannot be good for your game. That said, if we achieve a good two goal cushion with Dzeko and Tevez up front first of all then we could consider bringing Balotelli on as a direct replacement for one of them. We also have just got to be more up for it than we were on Sunday and I have every reason we will be and record a two clear goals win. By the way, Everton have still got to beat Reading tonight to be sure of playing City/Villa in the sixth round. Don’t you just hate smartarse’s!

    • Citysince77 01/03/2011 at 10:47 pm #

      I see you changed it to Reading now!!! If the players and fans can get their act together we could be soon playing an average Championship side at home for a place at Wembley in the semi’s. Raise the roof tomorrow!!! Come on City!!!

  4. Judge 01/03/2011 at 8:36 pm #

    At this rate should we win we’ll be playing Reading rather than Everton…

  5. Citymat 01/03/2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Cud see us losing this one. Securing champions league is our prioity and our players will be fatigued. Hope I’m wrong but think this game is more important to Villa so we will lose.

  6. Siamack 02/03/2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Though saying this may sound like flogging a dead horse, but Mancini should give a chance to Boyata and Guidetti. Pair up Kompany and Boateng as CBs and use Boyata or Richards as RB. sigh!!!!

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