Manchester City vs Aston Villa – A tactical view

Manchester City vs Aston Villa – A tactical view
Mar 4, 2016

Manchester City

City vs Aston Villa. A side sat in 4th against the side rock bottom of the Premier League. The tactics involved in this game should be blatant, but let’s have a look at what one Villa fan is expecting from the game at the Etihad Stadium. 

This is a game that most people, including Villa fans themselves, would expect to go like this: 90 minutes of attack against defence or City attacking a back six. I had a chat with Villa fan Sam Harris (@SamHxrris) over on Twitter and asked for his views on several of the key battles, areas of weakness and line-up/score predictions.

Where do you see the key battles occurring on the pitch at the Etihad on Saturday?

To be honest, I can’t see any battles anywhere other than in Aston Villa’s defensive areas which will be kept busy by the constant attacks from the likes of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Agüero. Former City defenders Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards will have to be on form to stop a cricket scoreline from happening in this one. The only chance of Villa grabbing a gaol may come on the counter-attack where a return of Mangala could see City’s defensive frailties appear again.

In the Villa side, who may cause City’s defence the biggest problems if they play to their full potential?

Jordan Ayew. He is certainly one of the players in our side that another Premier League club should look to buy when we get relegated to the Championship come the end of the season. Despite him getting wound up at times, he is one of the few players in our side that shows heart and desire every time he pulls on our shirt. Our best player by far, and may cause City’s defence some real problems due to that fact that he never stops running!

How do you think Villa will tactically set up against City?

Rémi Garde will most likely start a 5-3-2 formation with Alan Hutton and Aly Cissokho being used as wing-backs. He’ll then most likely play Ashley Westwood in the middle of a three man midfield alongside Idrissa Gana Gueye and Leandro Bacuna with Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede up top. Five at the back is almost certain if Villa want to keep the scoreline down and stand any chance of coming away from the Etihad with a respectable result.

Where do you see the biggest weaknesses in both City and Villa’s teams, based on their recent performances and possible line-ups tomorrow?

If I’m being honest, weaknesses lie in every aspect of the Villa team, no matter what starting line-up Rémi Garde decides to put out. Whilst with City on the other hand, it is obviously much harder to spot ANY weaknesses. However, we’ve seen the defensive problems in City’s team before, especially if Mangala or Demichelis get a run out.

Are you able to give a predicted Villa line-up as well as a possible score prediction?


Manchester City 5-1 Aston Villa (Aguero x3, David Silva and Yaya Toure) (Jordan Ayew)

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