If United win against Norwich on Saturday then the gap back to City in second will be an almost insurmountable 15 points.
Three points will be expected against a struggling Villa side who need the points to get out of the
For the visitors, Sergio Aguero is likely to lead the line but could be partnered by fellow Argentine Carlos Tevez. Captain Vincent Kompany could miss a fifth straight game as he continues to recover from a calf injury.
In the reverse fixture in November City scored four goals in the second half in a 5-0 rout.
Recent league form
Possible starting lineups
Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker; Weimann, Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia; Agbonlahor, Benteke
City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Nastasic, Clichy; Milner, Barry, Javi Garcia, Silva; Yaya Toure; Aguero
Sports Mole says: 0-2