PREVIEW: Aston Villa vs City

Saturday 28 September 2013 | Villa Park | Kick-off 15:00

Tickets: Away allocation for this match is now sold out.

Last Season: Villa 0-1 City

Match Officials: Referee: Michael Jones. Assistants: G Beswick, R Ganfield. Fourth Official: L Mason.

Team News:

VILLA – Villa’s top scorer, Christian Benteke, is out after sustaining a hip injury, while Charles N’Zogbia (Achilles) is still out.

Aston Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Siegrist, Steer, Baker, Bennett, Clark, Lowton, Luna, Vlaar, Albrighton, Bacuna, Delph, El Ahmadi, Gardner, Herd, Johnson, Stieber, Sylla, Tonev, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Bowery, Helenius, Kozak, Weimann.

CITY – Pellegrini has confirmed that David Silva remains sidelined with a thigh strain, and that Sergio Aguero won’t be risked ahead of the Bayern Munich match on Wednesday after he felt some pain in the aftermath of the win over United. Martin Demichelis is still absent with a knee injury.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, Richards, Zabaleta, Garcia, Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Rodwell, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Guidetti, Jovetic, Negredo, Nimely.

Stats:

City have scored more Premier League goals (57) against Aston Villa than against any other opposition.

City have won more Premier League matches against Aston Villa (18) than against any other opposition.

Manchester City have won the corresponding fixture 1-0 in each of the last two seasons.

Villa have won just one and lost five of their last seven home league matches, a run that began with the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in March. They have only earned 11 points from a possible 42 at Villa Park since December (W3, D2, L9).

City are the division’s leading scorers with 12 goals following the 4-1 derby win over Manchester United.

They have kept a Premier League-high 21 clean sheets since the start of last season.

Stats courtesy of Stat City & BBC Football

Press Conference:

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City manager Manuel Pellegrini has reassured City fans that his focus is on getting three points at Villa Park, despite the game with Bayern Munich just days away. He said:

“I am sure that nobody is thinking about Bayern Munich. We will only think about Aston Villa”

Pellegrini also admitted that both David Silva and Sergio Aguero will miss the game in Birmingham, saying: “David Silva is not in the squad list. Sergio Aguero and Martin Demichelis are not available for this match. Aguero finished the derby with a small pain.”

Typical City’s Build-up:

Don’t miss this week’s Preview in Quotes which gathers together all the talk from both the City and Villa camps ahead of the game.

Fixtures:

Saturday (all games kick off at 3pm unless otherwise stated)

Tottenham vs Chelsea (12:45)

Aston Villa vs Manchester City

Fulham vs Cardiff

Hull vs West Ham

Manchester United vs West Brom

Southampton vs Crystal Palace

Swansea vs Arsenal

Sunday

Stoke vs Norwich (13:30)

Sunderland vs Liverpool (16:00)

Monday

Everton vs Newcastle (20:00)

Compiled by Rob Pollard

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