Match preview: Aston Villa v Manchester City - Premier League

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League fixture at Villa Park

After picking up four points against Everton and West Ham, Villa’s mini-revival was put to a halt as they conceded late to lose at Arsenal in their last outing.

That result saw Paul Lambert’s side’s survival hopes take a blow as they slipped back into the bottom three.

Manchester City know only a win will do if they are to stand any chance of retaining their Premier League title.

They kept up their faint title hopes with a 2-0 win over Chelsea at the Etihad, but trail rivals Manchester United by 15 points again after their rivals beat Norwich on Saturday.

 

KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS...

Manchester City 5 (Silva, Aguero 2, Tevez 2) Aston Villa 0, Premier League, November 2012

Manchester City 2 (Balotelli, Kolarov)) Aston Villa 4 (Barry og, Agbonlahor 2, N’Zogbia), Capital One Cup, September 2012

Aston Villa 0 Manchester City 1 (Lescott), Premier League, February 2012

 

STATS...

Manchester City have won six of the last eight meetings between the two sides

Aston Villa have failed to keep a clean sheet in ther last 11 league games

Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has scored more goals in 2013 than any other player (6)

Manchester City have scored four or more goals in three of their last five games against Villa

Aston Villa have lost more games in March than any other Premier League side (35)

 

ODDS...

Aston Villa to win: 7.8

Manchester City to win: 1.51

Draw: 4.6

 

CLASSIC MATCH...

Manchester City 2 – 4 Aston Villa – September 2012

Gareth Barry scored an own goal against his former team and Villa went on to net twice in extra- time to produce a shock and dump City out of the Capital One Cup at the third round stage.

 

TV: Sky Sports 1, Monday, 8pm

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