Aston Villa v Manchester City: Match preview

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Aston Villa v Manchester City

Barclays Premier League

Villa Park

Sunday, February 12. Kick-off: 1600


James Collins is back in contention for Aston Villa after missing the last three games with a calf injury.

Alex McLeish may also be able to call on Gabriel Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton, who have also returned from injury.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is expected to start for Roberto Mancini's side after missing out last weekend against Fulham.

Samir Nasri injured his groin in that encounter but may return for City, but Mario Balotelli is still suspended.

Yaya and Kolo Toure are on international duty, and the Ivory Coast face Mali in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.


No sentiment from Given


Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given insists there will be no room for sentiment when he faces former club Manchester City at Villa Park on Sunday.

Given left the Etihad Stadium during the summer after Joe Hart emerged as Roberto Mancini's favoured choice in the City goal.

The veteran shot-stopper has since watched City cruise to the top of the Premier League and knows Villa will face a supreme test this weekend.

Given does, however, expect Villa to provide a stern examination of City as the former look to kick start their stuttering season.

"I know most of the lads at Man City and I made some great friends there as well but the friends go out the window, as they say, when you play them," Given told Sky Sports Radio.

"We've got our own problems to think about and we've got to try and get a win ourselves.

"It's a huge test. Manchester City are going for the Premier League title so it's a big game for us, of course.

"We've got to try and get back to winning ways at Villa Park and it would be a great game to do that."

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