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Title: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Toronto Villa on January 17, 2021, 09:08:41 PM
It's going to be hard. Not just the lack of preparation, but match fitness and not knowing who is available. We need to do our utmost to stay close to them. A team that's firing on all cylinders right now. I think we will come up short in a backs to the walls game.

3-1 Man City

Watkins for us
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Gareth on January 17, 2021, 09:11:09 PM
Normally we’d poop ourselves all week about playing them....even at Wembley less than a year ago.  This time we look at what we do well & we worry about how the Covid issue has afffected our team.

Not looked forward to seeing a team line up so much for years

2-1 Villa
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: PaulWinch again on January 17, 2021, 09:27:13 PM
The form they’re in and us coming out of a COVID outbreak - where we don’t know the impact - is a huge ask.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ChicagoLion on January 17, 2021, 09:30:47 PM
We went to TTOD with expectations and came up short, another test to see how far we have come and where we are.
They are far from invincible.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: GordonCowansisthegreatest on January 17, 2021, 09:50:33 PM
We went to TTOD with expectations and came up short, another test to see how far we have come and where we are.
They are far from invincible.
Did we!!
We went there and were robbed by bent ref/VAR, as usual.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Allan C on January 17, 2021, 09:54:24 PM
Just watched them against Crystal Palace and they look like they’re back to their best. Think we’ll get a result though  2-2
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: SoccerHQ on January 17, 2021, 09:57:49 PM
Would've been happy playing them about six weeks back.

Less so now. They're on a pretty good run and conceded something ridiculous like three goals since mid November.

And our away record there......if you thought Old Trafford was bad (and we've played well there last two visits and deserved far more than one point) Etihad record is off the scale! Think we've lost every single game since they moved in 2003 bar a win in 06/07 when Barton missed a penalty and they couldn't score any goals that season and also a random league cup win in 12/13. That's it so I don't even want to tot up the defeats.

We also lost there in Maine Road final season and also in 95/96 when they made a Sheffield United type start to the season under Alan Ball.

So after all that......I think we'll lose 3-1. We'll give them a game but unknown is what players aren't fully 100% yet due to covid and you need to be really alive over the 90 minutes to get a result off them so think that may just be beyond us.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ChicagoLion on January 17, 2021, 10:09:01 PM
We went to TTOD with expectations and came up short, another test to see how far we have come and where we are.
They are far from invincible.
Did we!!
We went there and were robbed by bent ref/VAR, as usual.
We lost
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: FatSam on January 17, 2021, 10:16:23 PM
We lost
It's obviously pedantic, but I also don't think it's fair to say we 'came up short' when we were fucked over by such an obscene referring decision.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Nev on January 17, 2021, 10:25:20 PM
This is the first game I'm resigned to losing since Liverpool in the league at home which tells you something. They are flying and we are regrouping with a likelyhood that a few will be missing.
However, they had a stonking good win tonight which actually might work in our favour if they relax a bit, realistically we're up against it though.
But it has been a funny season.

3-3
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: olaftab on January 17, 2021, 10:34:36 PM
I am not having any nonsense about City being bang in form. They are tired we are fresh 2-0 to us.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: eamonn on January 17, 2021, 10:34:40 PM
Chalk it up and get ready to funeral the Toon next weekend.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ChicagoLion on January 17, 2021, 10:43:30 PM
We lost
It's obviously pedantic, but I also don't think it's fair to say we 'came up short' when we were fucked over by such an obscene referring decision.
nil points
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: GordonCowansisthegreatest on January 17, 2021, 10:44:10 PM
We lost
It's obviously pedantic, but I also don't think it's fair to say we 'came up short' when we were fucked over by such an obscene referring decision.
As I said, "Robbed".
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: LukeJames on January 17, 2021, 10:49:09 PM
Would've been happy playing them about six weeks back.

Less so now. They're on a pretty good run and conceded something ridiculous like three goals since mid November.

And our away record there......if you thought Old Trafford was bad (and we've played well there last two visits and deserved far more than one point) Etihad record is off the scale! Think we've lost every single game since they moved in 2003 bar a win in 06/07 when Barton missed a penalty and they couldn't score any goals that season and also a random league cup win in 12/13. That's it so I don't even want to tot up the defeats.

We also lost there in Maine Road final season and also in 95/96 when they made a Sheffield United type start to the season under Alan Ball.

So after all that......I think we'll lose 3-1. We'll give them a game but unknown is what players aren't fully 100% yet due to covid and you need to be really alive over the 90 minutes to get a result off them so think that may just be beyond us.

Our record there is horrific, regular twattings, even when they were shit.

Didn't we equalise in the 90th minute one year and still lose?
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 17, 2021, 10:53:16 PM
I think we're in for a twatting, unfortunately. Too long without training, no idea who's OK after Covid and they've won something like 8 in a row including cup games. 3-0.  We'll deal with it and move on.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: SoccerHQ on January 17, 2021, 11:05:18 PM
Would've been happy playing them about six weeks back.

Less so now. They're on a pretty good run and conceded something ridiculous like three goals since mid November.

And our away record there......if you thought Old Trafford was bad (and we've played well there last two visits and deserved far more than one point) Etihad record is off the scale! Think we've lost every single game since they moved in 2003 bar a win in 06/07 when Barton missed a penalty and they couldn't score any goals that season and also a random league cup win in 12/13. That's it so I don't even want to tot up the defeats.

We also lost there in Maine Road final season and also in 95/96 when they made a Sheffield United type start to the season under Alan Ball.

So after all that......I think we'll lose 3-1. We'll give them a game but unknown is what players aren't fully 100% yet due to covid and you need to be really alive over the 90 minutes to get a result off them so think that may just be beyond us.

Our record there is horrific, regular twattings, even when they were shit.

Didn't we equalise in the 90th minute one year and still lose?

Don't remember that game unless you mean the Sherwood one when we lost 3-2 which is the closest we've come to even getting a point since April 2007, think we equalised around 82nd minute and they scored a minute or two later. We played well that day but Guzan just kicking the ball at Aguero just started his decline.

Can always remember playing them and Distin turning into prime Beckenbauer. And Vassell seemingly scoring half his haul for City against us and it obviously hasn't improved with them collecting world class players for fun in the decade since.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on January 17, 2021, 11:42:05 PM
Aguero missed today, due to self isolating. Don't suppose we know if he will be available against us?

Seems to always be injured, but never fail to be back against us.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: The Edge on January 18, 2021, 07:49:01 AM
City looked devastating against Crystal Palace, De Bruyne especially. But this Villa team is no pushover. We don't know how much the Covid outbreak will affect us yet and we'll find out on Wednesday. But I know Dean & co will have them at it. To compound our task even further this is City's game in hand and victory will put them a point ahead of United and top of the table so even more incentive for them.However my heart's ruling my head here and I'm going for a plucky 2-2 draw. But whatever happens it's great being a Villa fan again and we can focus on the next game where we will beat Newcastle and probably see the end of old PH at St James's.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: darren woolley on January 18, 2021, 09:14:43 AM
3-1 City
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ktvillan on January 18, 2021, 09:34:55 AM
Very hard one to call.  Without the COVID I'd give us a good chance of at least a draw.  Depends on how we come back from that but they are on top form so I reckon narrow defeat, 2-1.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: villabear on January 18, 2021, 09:59:48 AM
We went to TTOD with expectations and came up short, another test to see how far we have come and where we are.
They are far from invincible.

TTOD 🙄
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Abbeyfealeavfc on January 18, 2021, 10:15:03 AM
TTOS maybe or even TTOP
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Dr Butler on January 18, 2021, 10:29:48 AM
Man City nil please Villa

UTV
The Doc
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: oishiiniku on January 18, 2021, 10:41:57 AM
They are definitely in good form, but they've had a pretty easy run of fixtures as well. I'm hoping that they are starting to believe their own hype and that we catch them off guard and blitz them on the counter. That's all dependant on how fit everyone is, of course, but Dean Smith looked pretty upbeat in that recent interview, so let's hope we have all the key players fit and raring to go. 2-1 Villa.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Brazilian Villain on January 18, 2021, 10:42:33 AM
We went to TTOD with expectations and came up short, another test to see how far we have come and where we are.
They are far from invincible.

TTOD 🙄

The Tip of Delusion (and hopefully Disappointment)
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Perthvillan on January 18, 2021, 10:55:09 AM
This is the wrong time to be playing these.
At the moment we have no idea who will be available for us.
Even the players who are available may not be up to it.
I think that they will go on to win the league eventually.
They are really starting to put some results together.
We also have a horrendous PL record against them.
Get this one over with and give Newcastle a thrashing on Saturday.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Pat Mustard on January 18, 2021, 10:56:00 AM
I wish this and the Newcastle games were the other way around - I'd fancy us to beat Newcastle even if our entire team had not trained for 6 months and spent the entire time on a massive bender in Magaluf.  City away, on the other hand, is just about the most difficult game we could face and having missed a couple of weeks of training (and at the moment not even knowing who might be available) I would rather we had a chance to get at least another game under our belts first.

On the other hand, however, win this and the league title is still in our own hands - 2-1 Villa!
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: The Edge on January 18, 2021, 11:05:10 AM
I wish this and the Newcastle games were the other way around - I'd fancy us to beat Newcastle even if our entire team had not trained for 6 months and spent the entire time on a massive bender in Magaluf.  City away, on the other hand, is just about the most difficult game we could face and having missed a couple of weeks of training (and at the moment not even knowing who might be available) I would rather we had a chance to get at least another game under our belts first.

On the other hand, however, win this and the league title is still in our own hands - 2-1 Villa!
I like it
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Monty on January 18, 2021, 11:09:03 AM
I think we're in for a twatting, unfortunately. Too long without training, no idea who's OK after Covid and they've won something like 8 in a row including cup games. 3-0.  We'll deal with it and move on.

Yeah, it's all the wrong timings I fear. I'll live with it.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 18, 2021, 11:27:14 AM
Depends who had it really. If Watkins didn't or wasn't ill with it then it will have benefitted him having some time off.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Meanwood Villa on January 18, 2021, 11:50:15 AM
I'm not too optimistic about this one myself but this team have surprised us before so fingers crossed for another one.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: SoccerHQ on January 18, 2021, 01:15:15 PM
Sometimes you can get too obssesed with what Man. City do in open play. As good as they were yesterday I think three of their goals came from corners?

Reminds me of the league cup final. We were all worried they were going to pull us this way and that but in the end the crucial goal came from Rodri having a little stroll across the penalty box and heading in unmarked from a corner.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Pat Mustard on January 18, 2021, 01:38:13 PM
Reminds me of the league cup final. We were all worried they were going to pull us this way and that but in the end the crucial goal came from Rodri having a little stroll across the penalty box and heading in unmarked from a corner.

A corner that should never have been given.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: john e on January 18, 2021, 01:58:23 PM
Hope we give it a go and I think we will because that’s what we do now

Of course Man City are a fantastic team but they don’t always perform
And we are now well capable of causing them problems

The break doesn’t bother me remember people saying we should rest people for the FA Cup game Before the covid thing came into play,
 well now they’ve had a rest and they’re saying they won’t be fit enough you can’t have it both ways

We handled the last Covid break crisis really well probably kept us up so there’s every reason to think we’ve got it right this time as well

Normally in times past I’d be saying we were going to get thrashed
Not this time
Of course we still might lose might even get thrashed but I’m not expecting it this time which is the main difference
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 18, 2021, 02:38:40 PM
Depends who had it really. If Watkins didn't or wasn't ill with it then it will have benefitted him having some time off.

I bet Barkley's hamstring has caught it.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: lovejoy on January 18, 2021, 02:43:36 PM
So is this definitely going ahead? Is the training facility open now?
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: brontebilly on January 18, 2021, 03:20:04 PM
So is this definitely going ahead? Is the training facility open now?

Yeah it's open since Sunday.

I'm assuming Trez with a hamstring injury and covid is definitely out. Are there any others?
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Mister E on January 18, 2021, 04:07:50 PM
I'm assuming Trez with a hamstring injury and covid is definitely out. Are there any others?
Check in with Footy: he seems to know everything about who got what and when.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Hookeysmith on January 18, 2021, 04:10:54 PM
I dont think the club will ever publish who did and did not have the virus - and why should they?

Lets hope its not any of the key players in our set up

Martinez (although Heaton is as good as anyone to step in)
Konsa
Targett
Luiz (Although would love to see Nakamba put another cruncher in like he did with Aguero at Wembley)
Jack
Ollie - the thought of Davis leading the line - i would save on bus fare and give them the points

Irrespective of who plays we all know Deano will go try and win the game - thats what Managers who earn MOTM do :)

Oh and 5.30 KO - thanks for thinking about the fans who actually still go out to work - cnuts
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Drummond on January 18, 2021, 04:30:02 PM
We can win this, they way we've been playing. Plus the players have now had a rest (the ones without Covid-19 obviously).

We've shown we can beat anyone this season and if, if we can win, people will start talking about us seriously. If we don't, there's always next week but these days I feel like we can go into any game and win it.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: nordenvillain on January 18, 2021, 04:30:48 PM
I dont think the club will ever publish who did and did not have the virus - and why should they?

Lets hope its not any of the key players in our set up

Martinez (although Heaton is as good as anyone to step in)
Konsa
Targett
Luiz (Although would love to see Nakamba put another cruncher in like he did with Aguero at Wembley)
Jack
Ollie - the thought of Davis leading the line - i would save on bus fare and give them the points

Irrespective of who plays we all know Deano will go try and win the game - thats what Managers who earn MOTM do :)

Oh and 5.30 KO - thanks for thinking about the fans who actually still go out to work - cnuts
Hookeysmith, think you'll find it's a 6 pm ko - The Sheffield United and Burnley games were 6 pm ko's and Burnley game was 5.45 pm ko. The Man City game is a rearranged one, so presume that the tv companies don't or won't want to have up against Fulham v MU game at 8.15 pm ko that was already scheduled for Wednesday.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Legion on January 18, 2021, 05:01:33 PM
2-0
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: papa lazarou on January 18, 2021, 05:01:49 PM
I'm assuming Trez with a hamstring injury and covid is definitely out. Are there any others?
Check in with Footy: he seems to know everything about who got what and when.

 ;D
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Rudy Can't Fail on January 18, 2021, 05:40:35 PM
Shame this game never went ahead with the original fixture date when Man City were shit. Seeing their goals yesterday they're probably at their peak right now, unbelievable stuff.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 18, 2021, 05:41:31 PM
You guessed you mean.

Without knowing who is fit and who is not, I would go with;

Martinez

Targett
Mings
Konsa
Cash

Dougie
McGinn

Barkley

Grealish
Watkins
El Goalzi
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ChicagoLion on January 18, 2021, 05:50:09 PM
I think that is our strongest line up right now.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: PaulWinch again on January 18, 2021, 06:47:34 PM
Shame this game never went ahead with the original fixture date when Man City were shit. Seeing their goals yesterday they're probably at their peak right now, unbelievable stuff.

Yes the fuckers have hit top form now and look pretty ominous.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: VILLA MOLE on January 18, 2021, 06:51:39 PM
Let’s see what we can do!! 🤔
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Hairbandinho on January 18, 2021, 07:08:30 PM
Being completely realistic a Man City win
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: andyh on January 18, 2021, 07:35:38 PM
Shame this game never went ahead with the original fixture date when Man City were shit. Seeing their goals yesterday they're probably at their peak right now, unbelievable stuff.

Yes the fuckers have hit top form now and look pretty ominous.
They are due a defeat.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 18, 2021, 07:50:03 PM

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Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: The Edge on January 18, 2021, 08:05:54 PM

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Beam me up Scotty
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on January 18, 2021, 08:16:27 PM
Kick off one hour after presidential inauguration.  The first trumpless football match for 4 years , lets win biggishly.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: brontebilly on January 18, 2021, 10:35:41 PM
The Man City CB partnership looks very strong currently. The recent break might have done Watkins the power of good (assuming he avoided covid). We will need Watkins back to his best to have any chance.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Sexual Ealing on January 19, 2021, 04:04:14 AM
Just read the pre-match thread on Blue Moon. It's unlike any other I've read on an opposition forum - respectful, not arrogant, no irrational hatred, no mention of fans' accents, and only one or two calling Grealish a diver - with a couple even contradicting that standpoint. Weird.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 19, 2021, 07:58:18 AM
De Bruyne possibly carrying a knock.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on January 19, 2021, 08:17:14 AM
Just read the pre-match thread on Blue Moon. It's unlike any other I've read on an opposition forum - respectful, not arrogant, no irrational hatred, no mention of fans' accents, and only one or two calling Grealish a diver - with a couple even contradicting that standpoint. Weird.

Reasonable comments maybe, but imagine you could hear them. They all speak like the bloody Gallaghers.  ;)
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: manic-road on January 19, 2021, 09:23:07 AM
Tough game after a Covid break, not sure how the players have recovered from the virus so a 2-1 win to Man C.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on January 19, 2021, 09:24:04 AM
Will Aguero be back? Missed the Palace game due to isolating
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Duncan Shaw on January 19, 2021, 09:46:56 AM
This has come round a just about the worst time it could have done for us.  Anytime before December and I've had backed us to give them a game and sneak a result of some sort, but can't see it now with their excellent form and our enforced break.  As long as a defeat doesn't de-rail our overall momentum I can accept that!  3-1 Citeh.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: andyh on January 19, 2021, 10:23:41 AM
There are photos of everyone in our starting 11 other than Emi and El Goalzi, back in training on Twitter now....even including the elusive Ross Barkley!
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Dave P on January 19, 2021, 10:25:56 AM
Can't see us winning this but it will be good for our squad to get back into it.  A new good run will start on Saturday.

3-0 Citeh.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: AlexAlexCropley on January 19, 2021, 11:07:15 AM
Looks like the rain will be worse in the am and early pm,easing off by 5
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: exigo on January 19, 2021, 11:29:12 AM
There are photos of everyone in our starting 11 other than Emi and El Goalzi, back in training on Twitter now....even including the elusive Ross Barkley!

Emi now up on twitter, training at BH.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: exigo on January 19, 2021, 11:30:01 AM
So, possibly Barkley in for El Ghazi, with Grealish moving wide based on the sightings so far.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 19, 2021, 11:33:16 AM
There are pictures of;

Konsa
Ramsey
Targett
Dougie
Watkins
Mings
McGinn
Cash
Davis
Grealish
Taylor
Traore
Barkley
Nakamba
Martinez
Heaton
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: PaulWinch again on January 19, 2021, 11:38:02 AM
Good to see some training pics.
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Drummond on January 19, 2021, 11:43:30 AM
You guessed you mean.

Without knowing who is fit and who is not, I would go with;

Martinez

Targett
Mings
Konsa
Cash

Dougie
McGinn

Barkley

Grealish
Watkins
El Goalzi

That won't be the line up. Impossible.


Ok, I'll respond. How do you know it's impossible?
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 19, 2021, 11:47:58 AM
Deano saying they look bright in training and he expects a bright response. Heavily implies McGinn hasn't had it along with Jack, so hopefully we get the best XI out there and put them under.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 19, 2021, 11:50:36 AM
You guessed you mean.

Without knowing who is fit and who is not, I would go with;

Martinez

Targett
Mings
Konsa
Cash

Dougie
McGinn

Barkley

Grealish
Watkins
El Goalzi

That won't be the line up. Impossible.


Ok, I'll respond. How do you know it's impossible?

Ssing as they're all pictured training, I'd say it's not only not impossible, it's actually quite likely. Somebody's research and putting out of the feelers isn't up to scratch.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: oishiiniku on January 19, 2021, 11:55:01 AM
It's all dependent on who actually got covid and how severe their symptoms were of course, but there's a chance that this break could well have been beneficial to the players who didn't catch the virus/were asymptomatic. There were definitely a number of players against Man Utd who were looking fatigued (Watkins and Grealish especially looked to be lacking energy in the final 30 mins) so who knows, maybe they'll have an extra spring in their step. Also, while it's not ideal to not be able to train together for 2 weeks, players will have continued to train in isolation and would not have started preparing for this game until Monday anyway.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Big Ming on January 19, 2021, 12:36:26 PM
Could do with Villa somehow winning while Douglas Luis has a  one-off stinker!
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Toronto Villa on January 19, 2021, 12:49:29 PM
You guessed you mean.

Without knowing who is fit and who is not, I would go with;

Martinez

Targett
Mings
Konsa
Cash

Dougie
McGinn

Barkley

Grealish
Watkins
El Goalzi

That won't be the line up. Impossible.


Ok, I'll respond. How do you know it's impossible?

Ssing as they're all pictured training, I'd say it's not only not impossible, it's actually quite likely. Somebody's research and putting out of the feelers isn't up to scratch.

And if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t have to be because of Covid. It could be just because the manager wants to try something different. But it’s certainly not impossible we will chose our strongest or most settled line up.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 19, 2021, 12:49:37 PM
It's all dependent on who actually got covid and how severe their symptoms were of course, but there's a chance that this break could well have been beneficial to the players who didn't catch the virus/were asymptomatic. There were definitely a number of players against Man Utd who were looking fatigued (Watkins and Grealish especially looked to be lacking energy in the final 30 mins) so who knows, maybe they'll have an extra spring in their step. Also, while it's not ideal to not be able to train together for 2 weeks, players will have continued to train in isolation and would not have started preparing for this game until Monday anyway.

I imagine that if any of them aren't right from Covid, then there's no way they'd be training, and more importantly, pictured training. Full squad available, Boss Rarkley back, 3-0 Villa, fuck off Mancs.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Brend'Watkins on January 19, 2021, 12:55:30 PM
It's all dependent on who actually got covid and how severe their symptoms were of course, but there's a chance that this break could well have been beneficial to the players who didn't catch the virus/were asymptomatic. There were definitely a number of players against Man Utd who were looking fatigued (Watkins and Grealish especially looked to be lacking energy in the final 30 mins) so who knows, maybe they'll have an extra spring in their step. Also, while it's not ideal to not be able to train together for 2 weeks, players will have continued to train in isolation and would not have started preparing for this game until Monday anyway.

I imagine that if any of them aren't right from Covid, then there's no way they'd be training, and more importantly, pictured training. Full squad available, Boss Rarkley back, 3-0 Villa, fuck off Mancs.

Amen.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: SoccerHQ on January 19, 2021, 12:58:03 PM
I'd be tempted to put Barkley and Jack as two number 10s behind Ollie, 3 CMs behind them. Don't want to go in light centrally v Man. City and from the pics I've seen there's no Trez, Traore or El Ghazi pictured training so looks like we'll be lighto n genuine wide players for this.

Excellent to see pretty much every other key player out there.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: oishiiniku on January 19, 2021, 01:01:28 PM
According to a Birmingham Live story that just went up (no idea how reliable the info is):

The players confirmed to have trained this week are as follows…

Goalkeepers: Martinez, Heaton, Steer
Defenders: Cash, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Mings, Konsa, Engels, Targett, Taylor
Midfielders: McGinn, Luiz, Nakamba, Barkley, Hourihane, J Ramsey, A Ramsey, Chukwuemeka
Forwards: Grealish, Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi, Davis
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Hookeysmith on January 19, 2021, 01:36:10 PM
If any of them listed had symptoms then they would not be allowed to mix with the rest of the squad

So it is safe to assume all are clear - it just depends on how match sharp they are, especially Barkley

Im really looking forward to this now
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: cdbullyweefan on January 19, 2021, 01:47:08 PM
No longer having symptoms is not necessarily the same as "all clear", there could be lingering issues.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 19, 2021, 02:04:58 PM
People who are ill can't run around playing football.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: cdbullyweefan on January 19, 2021, 02:09:18 PM
Poor Stephen Ireland must have been ill the entire time he was here.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: RamboandBruno on January 19, 2021, 02:26:53 PM
There the form team in the league, starting to motor, have class throughout their team. We’ve had a COVID outbreak, 19 days without a match, apart from trez no indication of whose had it or how will impact on team selection.
There is only one possible outcome from this.
2-1 villa (Grealish, Watkins)
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: OCD on January 19, 2021, 03:07:54 PM
They might all be back training now but they've all come back from it at different points Smith was saying. So others will have been able to step up their training earlier than others. So it's still not that clear how the team will look as you can't gauge levels of fitness from photos.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ChicagoLion on January 19, 2021, 03:21:12 PM
They might all be back training now but they've all come back from it at different points Smith was saying. So others will have been able to step up their training earlier than others. So it's still not that clear how the team will look as you can't gauge levels of fitness from photos.
But you can from rummaging around the waste paper baskets at Bodymoor Heath ;)
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: brontebilly on January 19, 2021, 04:13:04 PM
Poor Stephen Ireland must have been ill the entire time he was here.

Our former player of the year?? 😀

I think Jack getting in behind Walker is our best chance of creating chances. Walker is a decent athlete but a very average defender. I'm afraid they look far too strong for us across the pitch, with or without Aguero. We might have to chalk this game down to experience...
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: paul_e on January 19, 2021, 04:54:19 PM
Thanks I won't need to discuss further after Dean has made public comments which should satisfy and end the debate

I think you should probably just stop with the big bollocks attitude. Since the virus closed the club down you've:

Tried to blame Jack without any idea whether he even had the virus (he didn't).
Blamed it more broadly on players being unprofessional (Smith said they have no idea how the virus got into the club).
Claimed a third or 40% of the squad from the ManU game will be missing (that'd be 6-7 players which is almost everyone who tested positive) when you have absolutely no knowledge of who was affected, whether they were symptomatic or how badly affected they were.

You also don't know enough basics of how and when the virus is detected to know that the breech was between the Chelsea game and ManU game which led to another incorrect post about a completely imaginary late NYE party.

Anything anyone posts about the likely team tomorrow is guess work, it could be that the only players who suffered enough to be behind on fitness were on the bench or already missing games (like Trez for example) an we put out our best 11 or alternatively 2-3 players from that team could be struggling and we need to make changes. No one on here knows making a guess that a few will be out and then being smug when the manager says "Obviously there are some question marks on some of my players so will have to check if they are fully fit or not" is a bit sad really, every single person on this forum knew there was a chance some players would be missing but only 1 person on here is claiming some kind of Nostradamus status for it.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Dr Butler on January 19, 2021, 05:28:14 PM
where is the like button Paul_e when you need it

UTV
The Doc
Title: Re: Man City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Astnor on January 19, 2021, 06:20:26 PM
Just read the pre-match thread on Blue Moon. It's unlike any other I've read on an opposition forum - respectful, not arrogant, no irrational hatred, no mention of fans' accents, and only one or two calling Grealish a diver - with a couple even contradicting that standpoint. Weird.
Bit of strange that. Not really fans by the definition of it.
I hope for a draw. 1-1 as Chelsea was and Man U should have been. Manch City probably better than those two though. Depnds on us firing on all cylinders despite Covid though (unlikely).
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on January 19, 2021, 06:36:06 PM
Poor Stephen Ireland must have been ill the entire time he was here.

Not as ill as many of his grandparents.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 19, 2021, 07:42:10 PM
Please stop going on about "putting your feelers" out. It makes you sound daft. You predicted that a good proportion of the first team would be out, and yet everybody single person was pictured in training.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Bad English on January 19, 2021, 08:23:57 PM
FTBMSIBWPDF! 1-3 to the Villa.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 19, 2021, 08:55:56 PM
Blue-moon-singing-Ian-Brown-walking, then you got me.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: dave.woodhall on January 19, 2021, 09:07:27 PM
Blue-moon-singing-Ian-Brown-walking, then you got me.

Inflatable banana waving.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: olaftab on January 19, 2021, 09:29:21 PM
FTBMSIBWPDF! 1-3 to the Villa.
I agree with every letter.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on January 19, 2021, 09:35:59 PM
FTBMSIBWPDF! 1-3 to the Villa.
I agree with every letter.

Me too, but I don't think the exclamation mark adds anything to the sentiment.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Bad English on January 19, 2021, 10:25:35 PM
Blue Moon Singing Inflatable Banana Waving Poznan Dancing
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ADVILLAFAN on January 20, 2021, 07:59:52 AM
Damm, thought I was gonna be the first to point out the last bit is Poznan Dancing!
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: maidstonevillain on January 20, 2021, 08:05:19 AM
Damm, thought I was gonna be the first to point out the last bit is Poznan Dancing!
I thought it was F*****s
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Drummond on January 20, 2021, 09:46:10 AM
Smith has confirmed there's only one player who tested positive that is definitely out for tonight.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: cdbullyweefan on January 20, 2021, 09:51:27 AM
Presumably Trezeguet?
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Drummond on January 20, 2021, 09:52:07 AM
I'd imagine so.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ChicagoLion on January 20, 2021, 10:42:37 AM
Which is completely at odds with what has been quoted on this thread concerning different players in different stages of recovery.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: AlexAlexCropley on January 20, 2021, 10:49:40 AM
Weather reports now saying it will be torrential at kick off,contrary to previous forecasts.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: OCD on January 20, 2021, 10:50:30 AM
Not really. Someone might be training and able to play 30-40 minutes but struggle if they had to play the full 90.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Nev on January 20, 2021, 10:58:43 AM
Which is completely at odds with what has been quoted on this thread concerning different players in different stages of recovery.

To be fair, Dean said that in his interview.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 20, 2021, 10:59:47 AM
It is pissing it down in the North West. Going to be a soggy lunch time stroll.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Damo70 on January 20, 2021, 11:06:06 AM
Citeh have been cruising in fourth gear a lot this season but they have a fifth gear if they need it.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: The Edge on January 20, 2021, 11:32:06 AM
Citeh have been cruising in fourth gear a lot this season but they have a fifth gear if they need it.
I don't care. Fuck em we're Aston Villa.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: eamonn on January 20, 2021, 11:44:50 AM
Which is completely at odds with what has been quoted on this thread concerning different players in different stages of recovery.

To be fair, Dean said that in his interview.

As did FootyVill in his.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 20, 2021, 11:58:43 AM
Looks like we're at full strength then. Excellent, let's show no fear and have a right old go.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: dicedlam on January 20, 2021, 12:08:24 PM
Weather reports now saying it will be torrential at kick off,contrary to previous forecasts.

A cold, wet and windy Manchester on a Tuesday night. What players would you say are better suited to the conditions?

Manchester City - De Bruyne, Sterling, Stones, Walker.
Subs - Steffen, Ake, Zinchenko, Foden.

Aston Villa - Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Grealish, Barkley, Watkins.
Subs - Heaton, Hause, Davis, Ramsey.

1 - 2
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 20, 2021, 12:18:05 PM
Weather reports now saying it will be torrential at kick off,contrary to previous forecasts.

A cold, wet and windy Manchester on a Tuesday night. What players would you say are better suited to the conditions?


The ones who play in Manchester weather every week?!
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 20, 2021, 12:22:13 PM
Rain update. Its really, really coming down now.

We played them in rain 6 or 7 years ago and it was horrendous. This is miles heavier.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Meanwood Villa on January 20, 2021, 12:29:03 PM
After all the other postponements we've had might we have waterlogged pitch now?
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Mister E on January 20, 2021, 12:43:21 PM
...
A cold, wet and windy Manchester on a Tuesday night. What players would you say are better suited to the conditions?
...
Did we win?
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: AV82EC on January 20, 2021, 01:04:03 PM
As another North West Resident I'm struggling to understand why the expressions "Manchester" and "cold, wet and windy" are causing surprise? 
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Drummond on January 20, 2021, 01:12:39 PM
This could be really interesting.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: dicedlam on January 20, 2021, 01:14:28 PM
...
A cold, wet and windy Manchester on a Tuesday night. What players would you say are better suited to the conditions?
...
Did we win?

Haha! Yes, Marty! 19 - 88

Bloody days all seem the same with this lockdown!
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: pooligan on January 20, 2021, 01:20:35 PM
I never fancy us against this lot ,even before they came into all this money we had a awful record against them .I have just discovered who the referee is tonight and we have no chance That idiot Johnathan Moss is the referee. This bloke along with Kevin Friend seems to dislike the Villa and either gives us nothing or as like against Arsenal last season just to name one  instance seems to favour the other team 
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 20, 2021, 01:24:14 PM
I never fancy us against this lot ,even before they came into all this money we had a awful record against them .I have just discovered who the referee is tonight and we have no chance That idiot Johnathan Moss is the referee. This bloke along with Kevin Friend seems to dislike the Villa and either gives us nothing or as like against Arsenal last season just to name one  instance seems to favour the other team 

He gave the penalty against Konsa for allowing his shin to be stamped on against Man U as well.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: CT on January 20, 2021, 01:47:12 PM
I wonder if we’ll be slightly stripped back tonight, considering the circumstances and then go full throttle for Newcastle at the weekend.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: jwarry on January 20, 2021, 01:58:27 PM
I wonder if we’ll be slightly stripped back tonight, considering the circumstances and then go full throttle for Newcastle at the weekend.

Na let’s put a marker down
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air on January 20, 2021, 02:04:16 PM
Weather reports now saying it will be torrential at kick off,contrary to previous forecasts.

A cold, wet and windy Manchester on a Tuesday night. What players would you say are better suited to the conditions?


Charlie Athersmith.

Quote
A league match in November 1894 against Sheffield United at Perry Barr was played in driving freezing rain. Villa's players had dry clothes available, and were given hot drinks, a courtesy apparently not extended to the visitors. The Sheffield players were worse affected, several – including goalkeeper Willie Foulke – needing treatment for exposure, and by the end of the match only six were still on the field. Villa's Jack Devey put on an overcoat, and Athersmith played under an umbrella borrowed from a spectator.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Athersmith
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Ads on January 20, 2021, 02:18:42 PM
The beauty of working from home is I can take my jeans off. Absolutely howling out there with wind and rain.

Local park area flooded, lawns in gardens have really obvious standing water and it is just torrential.

They did have a game in the CL called off recently. Their drainage system will be tested today. I'm sure it will go ahead, but it is canoe weather.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: eamonn on January 20, 2021, 02:27:45 PM
Weather reports now saying it will be torrential at kick off,contrary to previous forecasts.

A cold, wet and windy Manchester on a Tuesday night. What players would you say are better suited to the conditions?


The ones who play in Manchester weather every week?!

Pep, Aguero et al. deserve all the money they get for relocating to such a miserable environment.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ChicagoLion on January 20, 2021, 02:28:05 PM
I never fancy us against this lot ,even before they came into all this money we had a awful record against them .I have just discovered who the referee is tonight and we have no chance That idiot Johnathan Moss is the referee. This bloke along with Kevin Friend seems to dislike the Villa and either gives us nothing or as like against Arsenal last season just to name one  instance seems to favour the other team
absoloute bag of shit
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Mister E on January 20, 2021, 02:47:19 PM
...
A cold, wet and windy Manchester on a Tuesday night. What players would you say are better suited to the conditions?
...
Did we win?

Haha! Yes, Marty! 19 - 88
Bloody days all seem the same with this lockdown!
Know what you mean - the unremitting vanilla of lockdown England..
First time I've been called Marty - that's a differentiator for today!
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: in exile on January 20, 2021, 03:16:15 PM
Desmond.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: SoccerHQ on January 20, 2021, 03:24:52 PM
Weather reports now saying it will be torrential at kick off,contrary to previous forecasts.

A cold, wet and windy Manchester on a Tuesday night. What players would you say are better suited to the conditions?


The ones who play in Manchester weather every week?!

Pep, Aguero et al. deserve all the money they get for relocating to such a miserable environment.

Kun cruising round the Trafford Centre by sounds of it.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/aguero-onliving-manchester-avoiding-united-8001075
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Gerrin on January 20, 2021, 03:55:05 PM
I never fancy us against this lot ,even before they came into all this money we had a awful record against them .I have just discovered who the referee is tonight and we have no chance That idiot Johnathan Moss is the referee. This bloke along with Kevin Friend seems to dislike the Villa and either gives us nothing or as like against Arsenal last season just to name one  instance seems to favour the other team
absoloute bag of shit

I didn't have a clue who John Moss was, other than Culture Club's drummer, until he reffed us in the Cup Final. Everyone said he was a shit ref, not just our fans, before the game. Now I know who he is, he's always terrible when I watch a game with him reffing.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Hookeysmith on January 20, 2021, 04:16:38 PM
Always amazed me how he passed the fitness test as he always looks over weight and watch him closely when a team breaks he is always lagging behind and not up with play

Although he can see a United penalty from the opposite end of the pitch
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: LukeJames on January 20, 2021, 04:29:37 PM
Always amazed me how he passed the fitness test as he always looks over weight and watch him closely when a team breaks he is always lagging behind and not up with play


I was going to say that aswell.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Risso on January 20, 2021, 04:37:15 PM
It's the black kit, footy.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: ChicagoLion on January 20, 2021, 04:44:41 PM
It's the black kit, footy.
Galoshers souwesters
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: SoccerHQ on January 20, 2021, 05:00:44 PM
Barkley starts!

Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: CT on January 20, 2021, 05:01:13 PM
Strongest team possible!!
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: Matt C on January 20, 2021, 05:01:17 PM
Pretty much our strongest line up.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: WarszaVillan82 on January 20, 2021, 05:08:08 PM
El Ghazi will feel a bit hard done by, although we don't know who is still not 100 percent of course after covid. But that's a good strong team and bench.
Title: Re: Manchester City vs Aston Villa Pre-Match Thread - Jan 20th - 6.00pm
Post by: TelfordVilla on January 20, 2021, 05:10:37 PM
Some may not be fit enough to last 90 mins, but great to have them all back to start.
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