Saturday was excellent, really superb from City, it certainly restored the pride of supporting the club after a couple of months of highly frustrating viewing. However, Saturday was a bonus point, Man City dropping two points means cock-all to City’s season, other than us gaining one, but if we can take all three against Villa, and in the process stop them scoring any points, it will be a massive step in restoring the faith and the belief that we will stay up.
Bruce changed things for Saturday, perhaps resting players for Tuesday’s big game…but what does he do now? Keep faith with those who battled hard for the point at the Etihad or return to those who’ve played most of the season? I genuinely don’t envy having to make that decision. Meyler, Livermore and Huddlestone were superb in the middle of the park on Saturday, yet all have had below-par seasons. Aluko and Ramirez played high up the pitch and hassled and harried the Hunter’s back four, but surely in a game of this magnitude, Bruce has to select at least one out-and-out striker.
That striker may well be Dame N’Doye, who, not being an expert on the Danish or Russian leagues, genuinely looks superb on YouTube, but more than that, his goal record stands up and should be respected. He is a proven centre forward who scores, Hernandez isn’t that (which makes the £10m price tag very bizarre). Also N’Doye was always excellent on Football Manager, high praise indeed, just ask Freddy Adu and Cherno Samba.
Villa travel to City with just one goal in their last 11 hours of Premier League football and with their only proven goalscorer, Benteke, having a little spell on the substitute’s bench. They’ve flirted with the relegation zone for the past three seasons without ever being in any real trouble, somehow this season feels a bit different to others, they genuinely have no goal threat (TypicalCity ALERT) and I fully expect them to be scrapping for survival come May-time. City were absolutely minging at Villa Park, the one (and possibly only ever) time we can blame a poor league performance on a European tie and the ‘fatigue’ that comes with it.
City are 13/10 to take the three points, while Villa come in at 23/10 and the draw at 21/10. To be perfectly honest I couldn’t care less about the performance tomorrow night (that mattered on Saturday), three points is what we need, and three points is what we demand. Come on City.