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Etihad Stadium (ATT 47,019) 15th October 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Taylor

Man City Manchester City vs Aston Villa A Villa

Man City 4

M Balotelli (28)
A Johnson (47)
V Kompany (52)
J Milner (71)

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S Warnock (65)

Man City v Aston Villa preview

City and Villa defend unbeaten records

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey.   Last Updated: 14/10/11 10:32am

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Manchester City and Aston Villa both put their undefeated records on the line at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Form guide Man City: WWWWWD Aston Villa: WDWDDD Injuries Man City: Aguero (Abductor) Aston Villa: Delfouneso (Hamstring) Suspensions Man City: Aston Villa: Sky Bet odds: Manchester City 1/3 Draw 4/1 Aston Villa 8/1 Bet here Opta stat: Samir Nasri leads the Premier League with six goal assists this season.

While only goal difference is keeping Roberto Mancini's men off the summit, Villa are some seven points further adrift, but will still be more than happy with their start under new boss Alex McLeish.

The game is the first time City have returned to home turf since the Carlos Tevez saga exploded in Munich late last month.

Tevez has just returned from his club suspension, but disciplinary action is awaiting the Argentine after he allegedly refused to take to the field in Germany.

City did not let the situation get to them last time out at Blackburn as they strolled to victory at Ewood Park and they will be looking for more of the same.

Villa, though, look anything but a walkover and have suffered just one defeat in their last 15 Premier League games.

Villa have won once at the Etihad before, when they tasted victory in 2007.

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Tevez is not in the squad, but neither is Sergio Aguero, who has an abductor strain and he is unlikely to be risked, as he is more likely to be saved for the midweek UEFA Champions League clash with Villarreal.

Mario Balotelli is in contention to start up front again after he shrugged off a back problem which meant he could not play for Italy.

Villa look likely to be unchanged from the side which defeated Wigan last time out with in-form Gabby Agbonlahor included after he was given the all-clear by a back specialist during the international break.

Young striker Nathan Delfouneso is out of the reckoning after he damaged a hamstring on duty with England Under-21 side.

Possible starting XIs:

Man City: Hart, Richards, K Toure, Kompany, Clichy, Barry, Y Toure, Nasri, Silva, Balotelli, Dzeko.

Aston Villa Given, Collins, Warnock, Dunne, Hutton, Petrov, Bannan, Delph, Ireland, Bent, Agbonlahor.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 32 76
2 Manchester City 34 67
3 Arsenal 32 66
4 Manchester United 34 65
5 Liverpool 33 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 58
7 Southampton 34 57
8 Swansea City 34 50
9 Stoke City 34 47
10 Everton 34 44
11 West Ham United 34 44
12 Crystal Palace 34 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 37
14 Newcastle United 34 35
15 Aston Villa 34 32
16 Hull City 33 31
17 Leicester City 33 31
18 Sunderland 33 30
19 Queens Park Rangers 34 27
20 Burnley 34 26

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