Aston Villa Vs Manchester City - Preview 28.09.13 WeAreFootballTV ©
Manchester City will look to build on their 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Manchester United when they travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini's side produced a masterclass at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday, as a Sergio Aguero double and further strikes from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri consigned the reigning champions to a heavy defeat. City head into the fixture at Villa Park on a three-game winning run in all competitions, with 12 goals scored and only one conceded.
Last week's 3-0 success over Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champions League and a 5-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday sandwiched the United victory. Defenders Micah Richards and Gael Clichy could both feature in the game against Paul Lambert's men after returning from injury against Wigan, but Pellegrini believes the game will come too soon for playmaker David Silva to make his comeback from a thigh strain.
Sergio Aguero will not feature on Saturday, Pellegrini has confirmed after suffering a knock in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Pellegrini has confirmed the striker will definitely not be risked for the game, but suggested he could return in time for the UEFA Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
"Aguero finished the last derby in the last play with a small pain, I think it was nothing important but I think it was a risk for him to play three games in the same week," the City manager said on Friday. "We will leave him for next Wednesday but he will be absolutely fine.
"We'll see if David [Silva] is fit in the next day. The doctor understands better than me what happened. Maybe for next Saturday I don't think he can play but maybe for next Wednesday against Bayern [Munich in the Champions League] he could be fit."
Centre-back Martin Demichelis, who is yet to make his City debut after joining from Atletico Madrid during the transfer window, also remains sidelined with a knee problem.
Villa will be buoyed by their 1-0 success away to Norwich City on Saturday, which was their first league win since the opening day of the season and came courtesy of striker Libor Kozak's first goal for the club. That win meant Villa ended a run of three successive top-flight defeats, but manager Lambert has since been dealt a huge blow with the news that top scorer Christian Benteke will be out for up to six weeks with a hip flexor injury after he limped off at Carrow Road.
Lambert's side's first outing without the Belgium forward saw them fall to a 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup third round on Tuesday. The Scot will also have to do without long-term absentee Charles N'Zogbia (Achilles) against City, while defender Jores Okore is likely to miss the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament this month.
City have won the last four Barclays Premier League encounters between the two sides, and lead the overall head-to-head league record with 59 wins to Villa's 51.
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.
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.
Referee: Michael Jones. Assistants: G Beswick, R Ganfield. Fourth Official: L Mason.