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Roberto Mancini has rotated his squad for the League Cup clash at the Etihad Stadium, with Joe Hart, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko amongst others dropping out of the starting XI

Manchester City have made a host of changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Arsenal at the weekend, handing starts to striking duo Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli for their League Cup encounter with Aston Villa.

Costel Pantilimon replaces Joe Hart in goal while Jack Rodwell, Kolo Toure and Matija Nastasic line up as a defensive three in front of him, with Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner filling the wing-back berths.

Highly-rated youngster Denis Suarez and Abdul Razak are given an opportunity to impress alongside Gareth Barry in midfield with Tevez and Balotelli upfront.

As for the visitors, Shay Given is recalled to the starting XI in place of Brad Guzan while Darren Bent drops with Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Manchester City (3-5-2):
Pantilimon; Rodwell, K. Toure, Nastasic; Milner, Barry, Razak, Suarez, Kolarov; Tevez, Balotelli

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Given; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett; El Ahmadi, Delph, N'Zogbia; Agbonlahor, Benteke, Weimann

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