The Manchester City pass master who could unlock Aston Villa's defence

Yaya Toure has the highest pass success rate in the Barclays Premier League.

The Ivory Coast international leads the charts having successfully completed 360 passes this season.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, Chelsea's Ramires and Manchester United's Michael Carrick trail behind the Manchester City star. 

Toure has a lot to do with the Eastlands outfit's 85.9% pass accuracy, second only to Swansea City (87.3%).

He has so far played an average of 77 passes per game, with a success rate of 90.5%. What's more, the 30-year-old central midfielder has also scored three goals in five league games this campaign.

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Although in passing terms Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini bettered Toure in last week's Manchester derby, the Ivorian found the net and created more chances.

Today at Villa Park, Toure comes up against Karim El Ahmadi and Fabian Delph - and the former Barcelona man who has been able to maintain consistency in his playing style over the last few seasons is favourite to dominate that midfield battle.

Villa have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 Barclays Premier League home games, whilst Manchester City have won six of their last seven Barclays Premier League encounters with the Midlands club.

What are your predictions for Aston Villa versus Manchester City?

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