Friday, 27 September 2013

In the Spotlight: Aston Villa

No. 6: Christian Benteke, Sergio Aguero and a comfortable afternoon in the Midlands

By Aaron Leggott

Ahead of tomorrow's clash against Aston Villa, we spoke to Villa fan Gez Mulholland (@GezMulholland), as he talks about Villa's chances against the Blues, Christian Benteke and their new summer signings. 

Photo: Wikipedia

Manchester City travel to Villa Park on the back of a very good week, scoring 12 goals and conceding just one. How confident are you of getting a result on Saturday?

Gez: I'm not confident at all. Any points we get against sides like City home or away are good. We've got a few injuries to key players so Man City should have a comfortable afternoon.

How do you view Villa's start to the season?

Gez: We are where many people expected us to be! We were expected to lose our first three and pick up points against Norwich and Newcastle. The win over Arsenal was a bonus, but to lose at home to Newcastle was disappointing. However, we've played reasonably well so I am content.

How pleased were you to see Christian Benteke stay at the club, how key is he to how you play?

Gez: I wasn't surprised to see him stay if I'm honest, Paul Lambert wouldn't have sold his key asset. In regards to staying up last year, Benteke was a massive boost - but I expect us to be a little more comfortable this season.

Photo: Official Aston Villa Facebook

Thoughts on the summer signings and the one who's pleased you most so far?

Gez: The new signings have been okay. Not much is known about anyone apart from Libor Kozák after his stint at Lazio, but they seemed to have all fitted in well! Nobody has really caught the eye as such, but none of them have played in England before so they need time to adjust to the style of play.

Who is Villa's key player going to be on Saturday and why?

Gez: Our key player will be Fabian Delph. City often score a lot of goals through the middle so Delph will be key in anchoring that midfield, and he will have to help them all stay strong.

Where can you see Villa finishing this season?

Gez: I expect us to finish 13/14th. Any Villa fans who say top 10 is a realistic target are jumping the gun.

Predicted Villa line up?

Photo: Official MCFC Facebook
Gez: (4-3-3) Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Luna; Delph, el ahmadi, Westwood; Agbonlahor, Weimann, Kozak.

Who would you say is Villa's biggest threat in the City team and why?

Gez: It would have to be Sergio Agüero. Villa's defence is definitely our weak spot, no question about it. He could definitely enjoy his afternoon at Villa Park!

And finally... prediction for the game? 

Gez: City to win 3-0. 

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