Villa have Christian Benteke in their squad for the first time since April. The Belgian striker is named on the bench after recovering from the Achilles injury that cost him seven months of action.
However, the hosts are without top goalscorer Gabriel Agbonlahor, who was a late withdrawal through illness. Charles N'Zogbia is the one alteration from the XI that lost 3-0 to Chelsea in their previous outing.
Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Senderos, Baker, Cissokho; Delph, Westwood, Cleverley; Richardson, N'Zogbia, Weimann
Subs: Given, Bacuna, Clark, Sanchez, Bent, Benteke, Grealish
Man City: Hart; Zabaleta; Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov; Milner, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva; Dzeko, Aguero
Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Sagna, Lampard, Navas, Jovetic, Fernando
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