Vincent Kompany is again expected to be sidelined for this match with a calf injury, so Kolo Touré and Matija Nastasic will continue their partnership in the centre of defence. Gareth Barry is back fit and challenging for a return to the side, but with Jack Rodwell impressing against Chelsea and Yaya Touré far more dangerous in his advanced role, the former Villa man may not be certain to come straight back in.
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He could, of course, replace Javi Garcia, but there is always the option for Roberto Mancini to plump for a more attacking outlook, with Carlos Tévez returning and Yaya dropping deeper to partner one of Rodwell, Barry and Garcia. James Milner’s excellent recent form should keep Samir Nasri on the bench.
Here is the side Mancini could select:
Referee: Mike Dean – One of the best officials in the Premier League, he has been in charge for three City matches this campaign. We have won two (Reading at home, Arsenal away) and drawn one (Arsenal at home).
Prediction: Aston Villa 0 – 3 MAN CITY – The hosts might be plucky, but our quality should overwhelm them. Goals to be scored by Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tévez and David Silva.
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