Sunday, October 4, 2009

Aston Villa Vs City - The Crown & Lion Monday 5th Oct K.O. 11.00pm

City once again find themselves drawing the shortest of all fixture straws by having to travel to Villa Park for the week's Monday night game.

Mark Hughes will have an almost full squad from which to choose as he goes head to head with City old boy Martin O'Neil. Vincent Kompany has resumed full training for the first time this season, Emmanuel Adebayor returns from suspension, and Michael Johnson and Roque Santa Cruz are once again likely to feature from the bench.

The Blues will be looking to exact revenge on the Villains after a Gabriel Agbonlahor hatrick helped seal an impressive 4-2 victory for the home side in last season's corresponding fixture. John Carew grabbed the other Villa goal, while Elano and Corluka netted for City.

City go into this week's game on the back of an excellent 3-1 against an admittedly poor West Ham side, quickly laying to rest the disappointment of the previous week's Manchester Derby defeat. Villa, meanwhile, play hosts to City on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Blackburn, having previously recorded back-to-back victories against Liverpool, Fulham, Birmingham and Portsmouth.

For those of you able to go out for this one, there will be City fans in the Crown & Lion from 9.30pm. Others will be at the Players' Lounge in Bur Dubai from around the same time, so take your pick or stay in and watch it at home.


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