Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini does not expect a protest by Aston Villa fans to weaken his side's opponents on Sunday.

A section of disgruntled Villa supporters are planning to demonstrate against manager Alex McLeish prior to their Barclays Premier League clash with title-chasing City at Villa Park, but Mancini does not think the Villa players will be unsettled.

When asked if City could capitalise on any uncertainty, Mancini said: "We would hope to but I don't know this. It won't change our opinion, it will still be a difficult game."

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