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  • 04 March 2013
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  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
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Aston Villa - Manchester City Preview: Mancini's men aiming to keep title hopes alive

Aston Villa - Manchester City Preview: Mancini's men aiming to keep title hopes alive

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The Premier League champions will look to shorten the gap at the top of the table when they take on Paul Lambert's struggling side at Villa Park on Monday evening

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lowton, Baker, Clark, Bennett

Westwood, Delph
Wiemann, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor
Benteke
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, K.Toure, Nastasic, Clichy

Rodwell, Garcia
Milner, Y. Toure, Silva
Aguero

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has both Marc Albrighton (ankle) and Richard Dunne (groin) out but Shay Given, Ron Vlaar and Darren Bent could all return after missing the club's defeat to Arsenal last Saturday.

Elsewhere, Chris Herd is still sidelined with an ankle strain, while Craig Gardner is a long-term absentee with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will definitely be without Brazilian defender Maicon who is sidelined with a knee injury, while Vincent Kompany may miss the fixture due to a calf problem. Gareth Barry and Micah Richards are all nearing returns to fitness and could make the bench.

Jack Rodwell may continue in midfield, while Carlos Tevez will be fighting for a starting place after netting against Chelsea last Sunday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa have scored just 26 league goals all season, which is less than the return of 29 goals scored by Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez.
  • Villa have conceded 52 goals in the top flight all campaign, which is the worst defensive record in the league.
  • Aston Villa have conceded at least two goals in eight of their last 10 games in the Premier League.
  • Paul Lambert's side have lost all eight league encounters where they have been behind at half-time.
  • Manchester City boast the best defensive record in the league this season with 12 clean sheets and 24 goals conceded overall.
  • City have won 14 of the 16 games where strike duo Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have started together.
  • Their previous meeting this season ended 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium following David Silva's strike, and two goals each from Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.

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1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
29Joseph BennettDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
43Eric LichajDefender
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
18Yacouba SyllaMidfielder
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
-Simon DawkinsStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
26Javi GarcíaMidfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker

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