PREVIEW: Aston Villa vs City

Monday 4 March 2013 | Villa Park | Kick-off 20:00

Tickets: Still available priced from £32 for adults. Box Office: 0161 444 1894

Last Season: Villa 0-1 City

Match Officials: Referee: Mike Dean; Assistants: J Collin, J Brooks; Fourth official: H Webb

Team News:

VILLA – Ron Vlaar could return after missing the Arsenal game with a calf injury, but Darren Bent is not expected to recover from his foot injury. Former City ‘keeper Shay Given has recovered from a groin injury.

Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Given, Marshall, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Baker, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Sylla, Ireland, Westwood, Dawkins, N’Zogbia, Bannan, Holman, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Bent, Bowery, Weimann.

CITY – Vincent Kompany is still a doubt with a troublesome calf injury, but Gareth Barry is back from an ankle knock. Knee injury victims Micah Richards and Maicon remain out

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Sinclair, Nasri, Rodwell, Y Toure, Garcia, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko.

Stats:

If Sergio Aguero starts against Aston Villa on Monday, he will be making his 50th Premier League start for City.

City have won 69% of games with Matija Nastasic this season (11/16) and just 45% of those that he has missed (5/11).

City have lost on just three of their past 16 visits to Villa Park in all competitions.

Villa have scored 999 goals in the Premier League and could become the eighth club (after Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton) to reach 1,000.

Villa are the only side to have wasted a two-goal lead on three separate occasions this season.

Stats courtesy of Opta City & The Guardian.

Press Conference:

“If we don’t beat them, the win over Chelsea will mean nothing,” was Mancini’s warning to his players ahead of this away game at Villa. You see a short press conference clip via the video below, or read extended quotes from Mancini, Pablo Zabaleta and Carlos Tevez, as well as some from inside the Villa set up, here.
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