What a week, 12 goals in the three games, including a thumping 4-1 derby day win, 5-0 thrashing of Wigan – we should ‘ve done it in May - players coming back from injury, and a visit to one of our favourite away games tomorrow. Gloom lifted from the doubts of the first 3 games. Newcastle away in the 4th rd, no problem.
Tomorrow it’s Villa and here’s the It’s A Fix extract from KK208:
6) SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28TH VILLA (AWAY) KO 3PM
Last promotion was in 1988 Last pot League Cup in 1996. 147th league meeting. Recent connections : Gareth Barry, James Milner, Stevie Ireland, Richard Dunne
Some celebrity fans: David Cameron, Prince William, Tom Hanks, Nigel Kennedy, Geezer Butler, Ian Lavender, Mervyn King, Lodge/Hayward, Martin Shaw
Last season :At the Etihad in November it was a 5-0 City win, the goals coming from Silva (43) Aguero (54 dubious penalty, 67), Tevez (65 pen, 74). Crowd was 47,072 with 1,049 Villans.
In the Capital One Cup they beat us 4-2 aet, in the 3rd rd, at The Etihad, Balotelli (27) Barry (OG 59) Kolarov (64) then Agboniahor (71,113) and N’Zogbia (96) Crowd was 28,015 with 1,069 Villans.
This season so far they’re currently in 13th spot with 6 points 0 wins 0 draws and 2 losses at home
They’ve won at Arsenal 3-1, lost at Chelsea 2-1 and at home to Liverpool 1-0, plus they won at Norwich 1-0.
In the Capital One Cup : they beat Rotherham 3-0 at home in the 2nd rd but lost 4-0 to Spurs at home in the 3rd though how they didn’t get a penalty when one of their players had his pants pulled down in the box is completely baffling.
Our form at Villa : last season it was a 1-0 City
win, Tevez scored bang on half time. Crowd was 33,217 with 2,903 Blues..
That made it 6 wins, 6 draws 4 losses and for City : WWLDLDWWWDLDWDDL
Groundwise : Usual spot, tucked away at one end of the Sir Doug Ellis stand, out of sight of the TV cameras. Home crowd filter through the away fans at the end when there’s always a bit of erm banter between both sets.
Tickets are : £41/£33
Villa Park : Capacity : 42,602 (3,000 for City)
Comment: Good start for Villa then a couple of hiccups, though outrageous decisions went against them at Chelsea. They do pack a punch with Benteke, who they’ve done well to hang on to though he could be missing, and Agboniahor so we have to be wary. We do have a good record at Villa Park which hopefully we’ll maintain if our away form finally improves, and they’ve lost all three Prerm home games so far. They’ve spent £20M on Luna, Bacuna, Tonev, Okore, Helenius, Steer, Pegor, and main outs were Richard Dunne, Stevie Ireland, Darren Bent, Bannan, but Stillyan Petrov has sadly retired.
WWTWTWShite: Averaged 15,237 in 1985/86 and last season it was 35,059.
Parking is becoming more and more difficult on the streets with restrictive zones.The localTesco supermarket is handy if you fancy a bite to eat.
Away day zine : Long running Heroes and Villains, swap with KK and is well worth picking up
Sat Nav : B6 6HE
BE WARNED : The M6 north of Birmingham is down to 50mph until 2015!!!!