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Premier League

  • February 12, 2012
  • • 16:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 35132

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Manchester City

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Manchester City

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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



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


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

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.

  • 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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31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
5Richard DunneDefender
19James CollinsDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
38Gary 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
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