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  • October 15, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Premier League Preview: Manchester City v Aston Villa

The hosts are yet to concede a single goal at home in the Premier League and have won all three matches on their own turf, but they face a side who have drawn all their away games


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Silva, Toure, Barry, Nasri
Balotelli, Dzeko

ASTON VILLA

 
Given
Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock
Bannan, Petrov, Delph, N'Zogbia
Bent, Agbonlahor

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hinted that he may not risk Sergio Aguero, as the Argentine recovers from a groin problem. The former Inter boss may choose to bring back his forward against Villarreal, who City take on in a midweek Champions League fixture.

Mario Balotelli appears to have shaken off a back problem, and should be ready to take to the pitch in this clash, but Carlos Tevez remains frozen out after he trained alone following his return to the club from suspension.

Opposition manager Alex McLeish may have Gabriel Agbonlahor available following a back problem, as the forward returned to training recently.

James Collins (foot), Carlos Cuellar (knee), Stephen Ireland (ankle) are all doubtful of making it in time for the match at Etihad Stadium, while Eric Lichaj (hip), Jermaine Jenas (Achilles) and Nathan Delfouneso (hamstring) are sidelined.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Both teams are both unbeaten after seven rounds of games in the Premier League.
  • Samir Nasri (pictured right) has created the most number of goals in the league, with six assists so far. But his Manchester City team-mate David Silva is chasing him, having created five goals.
  • City have won all three of their home games, scoring nine goals against their opponents. They have also not conceded a single goal in the league at Etihad Stadium.
  • In contrast, Aston Villa are yet to win their first Premier League game away from home, having drawn all three  of their matches on the road this season.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor is currently Villa's top scorer in the league, with four league goals to his name. Sergio Aguero (nine) and Edin Dzeko (six) are still above him in the top scorers' chart.
  • If all games ended at half-time, Villa would have been in fourth place now, sitting on a spot that leads to a Champions League qualifier.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
2Micah RichardsDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
7James MilnerMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
4Kolo ToureDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
20Owen HargreavesMidfielder
8Samir NasriMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
5Richard DunneDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
13Stephen WarnockDefender
6Alan HuttonDefender
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
19Stilian PetrovMidfielder
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
39Darren BentStriker
-Emile HeskeyStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
17Chris HerdMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
10Andreas WeimannStriker
Players to Watch
Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The summer signing has been putting in strong performances this season and already has six assists to his name.

The Frenchman also put in a good performance for his national team during the international break, scoring a penalty against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

He will be high on confidence and ready to take on Alex McLeish's men and continue City's fine form.
Darren Bent
Darren Bent
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
City are yet to concede a goal at home in the Premier League this season, and it will be up to their club record signing to ensure that the opposition's defensive wall is breached in this fixture.

With Wayne Rooney banned for three international games, the former Tottenham Hotspur hitman will want to show England boss Fabio Capello once again that he can be relied upon to get goals.
Prediction
Manchester City have had a fantastic start to their Premier League campaign and have strength in their squad as well as depth. They are undoubtedly the better side on paper, and their recent home form coupled with Aston Villa's average away days means that the hosts should add three more points to their tally.
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