Watch this on ESPN before you hit town.
The game of the day by a long way with the new signings, Bent and Dzeko, going head to head.
Let’s look at the two hotshots head to head:
Source Opta 2009/10 season for Dzeko. Bent stats from AstonVillacentral.com 2009/10 stats)
Bent and Dzeko have similar stats in the areas of minutes per goal and also game to goal ratio. But the stats do seem to agree with Harry – shooting accuracy is down for Benty and that effects shots per goal. You may expect these to be higher for Bent as he has played less games, but it could just mean Dzeko is a class act against the 6th best striker in the Premier League last year.
Unlike Dzeko, Bent has taken a lot of stick over his lofty price tag, I mean it’s not his fault…
Bent is not actually a bad player, he does get you goals, and yes he does miss chances that Sandra could have scored, but he is a massive confidence player and needs to be the main man. He will be that at Villa, especially in this game. He doesn’t have the technique Dzeko has shown and does not score as spectacular goals, but he is good around the box and in one on ones. Who will score? We will have to see.
I love it though, all billed as Bent v Dzeko … battle of the transfer fee’s, we haven’t even mentioned City v Villa or even Tevez have we?
He is on fire and living up to his billing as a truly world class player, chipping in with both goals and assists. Can Villa stop him? Surely he has to have a bad game some time? Many have failed this season and with City free-scoring this season, the Villa defence will have to be tight. Villa will breathe a little easier with hat-trick hero from the last encounter Balotelli out.
Houllier has been quite shrewd in the transfer market other than Bent, bringing in promising full back Kyle Walker on loan from Spurs and also all action Cameroon International Jean Makoun. Makoun, once tracked by Spurs and Arsenal, has a reputation as a fine defensive or box to box midfielder, and will add a lot of quality to the Villa Midfield. All 3 are expected to start as Villa desperately try to improve on recent results.
Tough call … if City change shape, they may need time to adapt and a lot relies on Tevez. Villa on a high and needing a win at home, this could easily be a draw. So call this one nearer Kick off, but I am going to put my bullocks on the line and go for a draw.