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  • 12 February 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: M. Oliver
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Aston Villa - Manchester City Preview: Leaders seeking only second away League win in seven attempts

Aston Villa - Manchester City Preview: Leaders seeking only second away League win in seven attempts

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Villans and their under-pressure boss Alex McLeish are also in need of points as they look for their first win at Villa Park since November 5 when they defeated Norwich City 3-2


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Given
Hutton, Dunne, Cuellar, Warnock
Clark, Petrov,
 Ireland, Keane, N'Zogbia
Bent

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Nasri,
Johnson, Aguero, Silva
Dzeko


Aston Villa will hope to have James Collins back in the squad after missing three games with a calf injury, whilst Gabrel Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton could also return.

Manchester City should have captain Vincent Kompany back from a knee problem but will still be without both Toure brothers, who are on international duty with Ivory Coast, and Mario Balotelli who completes his four-match ban.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester City have scored three times in each of their last four Premier League home games, but just once from their last four away matches.
  • The last time they scored more than one goal away from home in the league came in the 3-2 win against QPR on November 5.
  • They have won just one of their last six away matches in the league and two of their last nine in all competitions.
  • The earlier fixture between the two sides this season saw City triumph 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
  • November 5 is also the last time Aston Villa registered a home win and it was also a 3-2 scoreline, coming against Norwich City.
  • Since then they have had six matches at Villa Park without winning, although that run has included the visits of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
  • Villa have recovered 11 points from losing positions this season.
  • Having scored just three goals in seven matches between November 21 and December 26, they have since scored 12 in their next seven leading up to Sunday’s fixture.
  • Villa have won 35 times at Villa Park in the league compared to just 14 times for City, with 23 meetings ending as draws.
  • The last time City triumphed over Villa in Birmingham was a 3-1 win in 2006.
  • Several players could be facing their former club: Villa's Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland (pictured above) previously played for City, whose James Milner and Gareth Barry are ex-Villans.

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Available Squads
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
5Richard DunneDefender
19James CollinsDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
22Gary GardnerMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
-Emile HeskeyStriker
7Robbie KeaneStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
13Stephen WarnockDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
10Andreas WeimannStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
7David PizarroMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
Prediction
Villa have finally begun to start fashioning chances, with the introduction ofloanee  Robbie Keane a real coup by Alex McLeish. But they have not closed out games well this season, and with their big-game players City should just about come through.
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