|Can Villa stop Erling Haaland from hitting another hattrick on Saturday? (Photo credit: Squawka)|
Erling Braut Haaland has scored back-to-back hattricks in the premier league and everyone at Aston Villa must be worried about his arrival on Saturday evening; they can take solace in the fact that they won’t play Manchester City every game week.
The champions beat Nottingham Forest 6-0 on Wednesday with back up striker Rico Alvarez scoring twice too. City can boast of two crazy goalscorers upfront and no one can do anything about that, if they start the two against Villa, is there hope for Emiliano Martinez?
Steven Gerrard must be having sleepless nights by now; his biggest achievement of the summer must be on deadline day when he won the battle to keep Douglas Luiz following three unsuccessful bids from the league leaders Arsenal.
It’s clear as day that all is not well at Villa Park; the loss away to Arsenal on Wednesday explains how weak they are in possession and how much work they need to do to get back into their strides if they don’t want to get into the thick of relegation conversations.
How do you score a goal and then concede just two minutes later? Gerrard must have the conversation with his boys and see how they can contain City but it won’t be easy. The champions are scoring freely, against a side that concedes meekly… There’s only one result.
Villa nearly denied the Cityzens the title last season on final day; Gerrard’s men were on top for the largest period of the game but eventually succumbed to the quality in the City team; he will attempt again but how much of strength does his team have?
Every single outfield player in the City team can score, Villa should aspire to get to that level and should things go as they appear on paper, the referee might need extra space to record goals in his small card late on Saturday.
It doesn’t look good for Villa, it doesn’t look good for Gerrard. It will be a huge surprise if he’s still at the helm at the end of the month if results don’t change.