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Manchester City will be out to inflict a third straight defeat on improving Aston Villa when they travel to the Midlands for the Saturday evening kick-off.
While it has been business as usual in recent weeks for Manual Pellegrini’s side, the club have lost just once this season, Villa has started to feel the strain after a promising start.
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Paul Lamberts men rose to 2nd in the table after an impressive opening four games but successive 3-0 defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea have derailed the good work done by the backroom staff.
A welcome boost could come however in a return to action for Christian Benteke. The Belgian forward has been absent since March due to a torn Achilles tendon but he returned to action in the Under-21 Premier League on Monday, finding the net in a 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
Benteke could be joined in the squad by Captain Ron Vlaar. The Dutch defender is a doubt with a calf injury and along with Benteke will be assessed by Lambert.
“If everything goes okay and he feels okay, then I will put Christian in the squad,” said Villa’s manager.
“He’s come through the last few weeks unscathed. We will see how he is but my intention is that he’ll be in the squad.
“First and foremost, his leg is better – his Achilles is okay. He has no ill effects on it whatsoever.
“He came through the U21s pretty good and trained for the rest of the week.”
Villa won this fixture 3-2 last time out but they face a tough ask against a City side that while not as effective as they were last season is still very dangerous. The club have already face the Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, picking up five points on the way in addition to the 6 they got against Newcastle and Hull. A surprise defeat to Stoke at home is the only real blip on the radar.
City will be without Samir Nasri (groin), while Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) and Fernando (groin) remain doubtful.