Aston Villa vs Manchester City: Mancini warns Villa are better than table suggests

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he is focused on trying to plot an upset against Manchester City rather than forthcoming games with fellow strugglers Reading and QPR. Lambert knows the significance of the Premier League double-header which will follow on from the meeting with Roberto Mancini’s side with Villa in the bottom three.

But he has taken enough encouragement from Villa’s performances in recent weeks – including last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal – to believe they can at least compete against the champions.

Lambert said: “I felt there were signs of encouragement against Arsenal but then I’ve felt that for a few weeks without getting the results.

Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa (17th November 2012)
Manchester City 2-4 Aston Villa (25th September 2012) (After extra time)
Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester City (12th February 2012)
Manchester City 4-1 Aston Villa (15th October 2011)
Manchester City 3-0 Aston Villa (2nd March 2011)

Previous Matches

Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa (23rd February 2013)
Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham (10th February 2013)
Everton 3-3 Aston Villa (2nd February 2013)
Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle (29th January 2013)
Millwall 2-1 Aston Villa (25th January 2013)

Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea (24th February 2013)
Manchester City 4-0 Leeds (17th February 2013)
Southampton 3-1 Manchester City (9th February 2013)
Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool (3rd February 2013)
Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Manchester City (29th January 2013)