Aston Villa starting XI: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Baker, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Cleverley, Richardson, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor
Aston Villa subs: Given, Bacuna, Clark, Sanchez, Bent, Weimann, Benteke
Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Milner, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero
Manchester City subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Sagna, Lampard, Navas, Jovetic, Fernando
Aston Villa welcome Manchester City to Villa Park this evening in a match that Paul Lambert’s side will not want to lose.
The Villans have seen their fine start to the season ended by defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea and it gets no easier with a visit of the reigning Premier League champions.
City have got back to winning ways, overcoming Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City after a recent dip in form; but they could only draw 1-1 with Roma in the Champions League last week and that extra match could help Villa get a much-needed victory.
The big news for the hosts is that Christian Benteke is back in the squad after six months out injured, although unsurprisingly he has to make do with a place on the bench for now.
That said, City have an outstanding record against Villa, winning more games against them than against any other top flight side, so can something give this afternoon?