Our match prediction:
Manuel Pellegrini’s obsession with lifting a Champions League trophy before he leaves Etihad Stadium could end up costing the team dearly in other competitions, although the Capital One Cup title will ensure the fans have something to cheer about. The Citizens are effectively out of the title chase after losing three straight Premier League fixtures, but with Man Utd breathing down their necks, they need to start winning soon or risking missing out on the Champions League qualification altogether. Following the embarrassing 3-0 loss to Liverpool, it is probably best they now play host to arguably the league’s most disappointing side. The reality is that nobody could have predicted such a downfall for Aston Villa, but it is now clear they will get relegated, and it is just about avoiding additional embarrassments. But, since Man City usually turn on the style in these kinds of encounters, a big home win looks likely.
Highligted Player (Nasri):
Samir Nasri is a French footballer who plays for Manchester City. The former Arsenal man used to play for Marseille in the past and he began his youth career at Pennes Mirabeau in 1995. Nasri is an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well. The France international was born on 26 June, 1987 in Septemes-les-Vallons, the suburbs of Marseille. He is 175 cm tall and it has to be noted that his parents are Algerian. Samir Nasri has won two Premier League trophies with Manchester City, but he was not as successful during his spell with Arsenal. It is well known that Arsenal fans were angry with Nasri when he signed a four-year contract with Manchester City in 2011. The transfer fee was in the region of £25 million. The French footballer has 41 caps for the national team, but he retired from international football on 9 August, 2014.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa are one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946. Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well. The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.