Aston Villa vs Manchester City - match preview

By Ric Turner, Fri 06 November 2015 14:26

Aston Villa vs Manchester City - match previewDelph and Clichy return to squad, but Silva misses out once again

Aston Villa vs Manchester City

Date: 13.30pm, Sunday 8th October 2015

Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham

Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: M Perry, A Halliday Fourth Official: R Madley

Odds: Villa 7/1, Draw 4/1, City 4/9

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports 1

Aston Villa

Manager: Remi Garde

Squad (from): Bunn, Guzan, Amavi, Ilori, Lescott, Richards, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Gana Gueye, Senderos, Veretout, Sinclair, Sanchez, Westwood, Bacuna, Richardson, Ayew, Gil, Kozak, Crespo, N’Zogbia, Grealish, Gestede

Injured: Gardner

Doubtful: Westwood, Agbonlahor

Suspended: None

Form guide: LLLLLL

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, De Bruyne, Delph, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Roberts, Sterling, Toure, Bony, Iheanacho

Injured: Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Zabaleta

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDWWLL

Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy return to the City squad after featuring on the bench during the midweek win in Sevilla, but David Silva misses out once again with an ankle problem. Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Samir Nasri are also unavailable for selection.

City will be confident after a run of seven victories and a draw in their last eight games in all competitions, but manager Manuel Pellegrini warned his squad against complacency.

“There are no easy games in the Premier League, especially against Aston Villa,” he said.

“Always when you have a new manager, you have some reaction.

“They’re at the bottom, they have a new manager, so they have the motivation not to be relegated.”

City's last visit to Villa Park ended in 2-0 victory for the Blues, with goals for Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. Overall City have won 70 of the 167 games played against Villa, with 40 draws and 57 defeats.

Prediction: Villa 0 City 2