Results didn’t go too well – Liverpool were rubbish, Spurs won, Arsenal won but Chelsea lost. We know what we have to do irrespective of everyone else, and it’s virtually win every game. Off we go to Villa tomorrow here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK 194 :
GAME 25) SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH VILLA (AWAY) KO 4Pm
Premiership regulars, whose last pot was the League Cup in 1996. Most recent connections are Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Stephen Ireland, Gareth Barry, James Milner, and this is the 144th League meeting.
At The Etihad in October it was the usual fairly comfortable win. Balotelli opened (28) Johnson added (47) Kompany confirmed (52) before Warnock pulled one back (65) but Milner against his old club made it 4 (71) for us to go top.
This season so far, they’re currently in 14th place with 28 points from 24 games and 3 wins 4 draws and 5 losses at home.
In the Carling Cup they beat Hereford away but lost at home to Bolton in the 4th round.
In the FA Cup they beat Bristol Rovers but lost at Arsenal in the 4th round.
Form at Villa : Last season in January at Villa Park it was a 1-0 loss with a recently transferred Bent inevitably scoring after 16 minutes although City did everything but score, Dzeko missing a late header which would have kick started his City career. Crowd was 37,615 (2634 Blues)
In the fourteen Prem. meetings there we’ve won 4 drawn 6 lost 4. It’s a ground where we often do well and holds happy semi-final memories from the distant past. Gareth Barry and James Milner will probably get booed, Dunney will be cheered, and Ireland probably won’t feature at his new happy home after his outburst against McLeish. We’ll expect a result, but as ever it won’t be easy, as they’ll be fighting for their lives, and have signed Robbie Keane, though the Villa Chosen Few are up in arms at the mo.
Wind ups? Well you can’t beat the old “Shit on the Villa”
Their crowds averaged 15,237 in 85/86, and current home average attendance is 34,201.
Comment : I quite like Villa and Villa Park. Nice colours, better than West Ham’s somehow and Villa Park holds fond semi-final memories. Hopefully we can revert back to winning ways here.
Chance to visit the Heavy Metal museum too!
Groundwise, no change to Villa Park, we’ll be down the side in the (Sir now) Doug Ellis stand again.
Tickets are up to £43 pretty steep.
It’s the West Midlands police plus often over efficious stewards, so be careful out there..
Villa Park : Capacity : 42,602 (3,000 for City)
Away day Zines ; Heroes and Villains, who we swap with, and have been going as long as KOTK.
Post Code : B6 6HE. Parking on industrial premises off A4040 Aston Lane (or on side streets) to North West of ground, then return via A38 to M6 jn 7
Pubs : The Yew Tree, The Cap and Gown on Witton island, The Harriers on Broadway, Barton Arms, High Street Aston.
See you there.