Aston Villa’s record against Man City is bad but Coutinho could be the key
Liverpool’s relentless pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City will see the title race continue until the final day.
But if Liverpool are to have a happy ending on May 22, then it will take a favor from former captain Steven Gerrard, who is now Aston Villa manager.
Liverpool need City to drop points against Gerrard’s Villa at the Etihad Stadium.
Should City lose or draw on Sunday, a win for Liverpool over Wolves would see them finish a point or two clear at the top.
But how likely are City to go wrong against Aston Villa?
Unlikely based on recent history.
Aston Villa’s record against Man City
City and Villa have faced each other eight times since the start of 2016.
Those eight games have all resulted in City wins.
City have scored 25 goals in those eight games and conceded just four.
Villa’a’s all-time record in the Premier League against City is slightly more competitive.
Since the start of the 1992/93 season, Villa have faced City 43 times in the EPL, with the Birmingham club winning seven, drawing nine and losing 27 of those games.
Steven Gerrard’s record against Man City
While Villa have always struggled against City, their current manager has very fond memories of facing them during his playing career.
Gerrard, who retired as a player in November 2016, appeared in 26 games against City as a Liverpool player.
He was on the winning side in 12 of those matches, drawing nine and losing just five.
Philippe Coutinho’s record against Man City
While Gerrard can no longer directly affect things on the pitch, one of his former Liverpool team-mates can.
Philippe Coutinho played alongside Gerrard at Liverpool and now plays under him at Villa Park.
Like Gerrard, Coutinho has an impressive record against City.
Coutinho has found himself in the winning team in three of his seven meetings with City, drawing one and losing three.
But it’s his individual statistics against City that are more impressive. Coutinho has scored five goals and provided one assist in those seven appearances.
What Liverpool wouldn’t give for another Coutinho goal at the Etihad Stadium.