Manchester City have lost only one of their last nine Premier League games against Aston Villa going into Saturday’s latest encounter at the Etihad Stadium.
Yaya Toure is expected to return for Manchester City after missing Wednesday’s defeat to Liverpool with a foot problem, but Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri remain sidelined.
Aston Villa have no new injury worries, but Carlos Sanchez (hamstring), Jack Grealish (ankle), Libor Kozak (ankle), Adama Traore (foot) and Jordan Amavi (knee) are still out.
- Manchester City have won seven and lost just one of the last nine Premier League games against Aston Villa.
- Villa have failed to score in six of the last eight Premier League games against Man City.
- Sergio Aguero has scored four goals in his last three Premier League matches against Aston Villa.
- However, Aguero has scored just one goal in eight Premier League appearances in the month of March, despite playing 606 minutes.
- If the league had started on the weekend of 7/8 November when Remi Garde first took charge in a 0-0 draw v Man City, Aston Villa would still be bottom and Man City would be 12th.
- Manchester City haven’t lost three Premier League home games in a row since March 2007 and haven’t gone three home games without a win since November 2010.
- Aston Villa have taken just three points from a possible 39 in their last 13 Premier League away games.
- The Villans have scored just five goals in the last 10 Premier League road trips.
- Defeat in this match would be a 14th consecutive winless game away from home for Villa in the Premier League, one short of their record in the competition set in December 2003 (15).
- Aston Villa have scored with just 10% of their shots this season, the lowest percentage in the top flight.