Aston Villa vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

After their latest European struggles, Manchester City return to domestic action on Saturday as they look to hand Aston Villa a third straight defeat.

The home side suffered the same fate as many other visitors to Stamford Bridge will this season as they were brushed aside by leaders Chelsea, which added to their three-goal defeat to Arsenal the previous week. The absence of Ron Vlaar has hit Villa hard against difficult opposition, and he will be missing again here, but plenty of much-needed firepower returns in the shape of Christian Benteke.

It was a familiar story for Man City in the Champions League on Tuesday as they failed to register a victory at home to Roma, but they will have been relieved to have ended their winless run in the Premier League with a hard-fought three points at Hull City.

It was a game which they dominated for long spells, but had to dig deep to claim the win as defender Eliaquim Mangala suffered a bad day at the office. This encounter is likely to represent a similar test for the champions.

Benteke is likely to be on the bench for Villa, but Libor Kozak has had another operation on his broken leg, delaying his comeback.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini must decide whether to restore Joe Hart to his Premier League starting XI, and Fernando returns after a groin injury.

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