Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(31) 13 Goals 63 (82)
(23) 8 Assists 37 (61)
(6.6) 6.7 Average Ratings 7.2 (7)
36 Average Age 37.7
181.2 Average Height (cm) 183.3
(0.8) 0.8 Shots pg 1.6 (1.3)
(50%) 44% Aerial Duel Success 53% (51%)
(0.6) 0.7 Dribbles pg 0.8 (1)
(1.4) 1.2 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Aston Villa
Man City
Player Reason Status Rating
Libor Kozák Out N/A
Christian Benteke Doubtful 7.08
Ron Vlaar Doubtful 6.65
Player Reason Status Rating
Samir Nasri Out 6.94
Fernando Doubtful 6.89

Team News

Aston Villa
Man City
  • The big news for Villa this week saw Christian Benteke return to action for the development squad in midweek and the Belgian may well be in the squad this weekend, though he is likely to be on the bench initially.
  • Paul Lambert has made very few changes to his line-ups this season, indeed only making enforced rotations due to illness and injuries, and remains unlikely to shake things up despite consecutive 3-0 defeats.
  • With Ron Vlaar still likely to remain sidelined the two starting centre-back spots seem to belong to Senderos and Baker right now, leaving Clark and Okore waiting in the wings.
  • Stevan Jovetic returned to action for City in midweek but may have to bide his time to get a chance in the side given the form of Dzeko and Aguero.
  • James Milner may return to the starting XI against his former club at the expense of Jesus Navas, with Nasri still sidelined.
  • Fernando is still likely to miss out with a groin problem.

Prediction

  • After an encouraging start to the season Villa's weaknesses are beginning to be exposed once more, with Lambert's side failing to create meaningful chances in open play and now leaking goals at the back.
  • City had a tough match with Roma in midweek but will look to bounce back from an ultimately disappointing stalemate at home with a win in the league as they can't afford to lose more ground on leaders Chelsea.
  • Pellegrini's side will be keen to exact their revenge after losing in the corresponding fixture at Villa Park last season and should have too much for a Villa backline that are struggling without captain Vlaar.
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