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MAN CITY VS ASTON VILLA

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)

HART, ZABALETA, DEMICHELIS, MANGALA, KOLAROV, FERNANDO, TOURE, SILVA, LAMPARD, NAVAS, AGUERO

VILLA (4-1-3-2)

N'ZOGBIA, BENTEKE,

CLEVERLEY, GREALISH, DELPH, WESTWOOD, RICHARDSON, BAKER, VLAAR, BACUNA, GUZAN

After reaching the FA Cup final last weekend Aston Villa return to action in the Barclays Premier League in their quest to secure enough points for safety in the top flight.

Villa go into the game in 15th place and five points clear of the relegation zone. They have won five of their last seven games in league and cup. But, in 17 away games, Villa have lost 10 and drawn two.

And on their travels, Villa have scored just 10 goals, the fewest away totals in the Premier League. Their previous fewest goals on the road is 17, set on three occasions including last term. They have just two more away games to score seven goals - at Manchester City and Southampton - to avoid a new unwanted club record.

City ended a sequence of successive defeats with a 2-0 win over West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday but their chances of retaining the title remain slim; Manuel Pellegrini's men remain in fourth place, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Villa's record at City is poor; in 17 Premier League visits they have lost 13 and won just twice, most recently in April 2007. Since that victory eight years ago, Villa have lost seven in a row, conceding 23 goals and scoring just twice.

And the last four games at City have seen the home side score at least four goals a time against Villa and 17 in total.

City are without Vincent Kompany while there are tests for James Milner, Wilfried Bony and Gael Clichy. Villa miss Ciaran Clark, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Alan Hutton and Libor Kozak but Carlos Sanchez is available after a ban.