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Key information, quotes and team news from both sides ahead of Sunday's Villa Park showdown...

Need to Know

Match: Aston Villa (20th) v City (1st)

Competition: Premier League

Date and time: Sunday 8 November, 1.30pm (GMT)

Referee: Craig Pawson

Last time: Aston Villa 0-2 City (Saturday 4 October 2014)

Head to head record:

Aston Villa wins 57, draws 40, City wins 70

Form Aston Villa: WLLLLL City: WWDWWW

Tickets: Sold out

Key Quotes:

Wilfried Bony: “We know they have a new manager and will be keen to impress and that it is not going to be easy, but I think it’s important we don’t think about them too much or their position in the table - we just need to concentrate on ourselves.”

Manuel Pellegrini: "Always when you have a new manager, you have some reaction. They’re at the bottom, they have a new manager, so they have the motivation not to be relegated. It will be a tough game."

Fernando: "“Although Aston Villa are at the bottom of the table, we know they are a team that play hard and are capable of playing very well. They are aggressive, they have a new manager but we have to be focused in order to earn another three points."

Remi Garde: ""I hope we will improve in different ways. It's a very short time before the next game on Sunday. I have no time. I know that."

Scott Sinclair: "We can't wait. It's going to be difficult because Man City are packed with world-class players. We know we'll need to be at our very best against them but we are going into the game feeling positive."

Team News:

City: Aguero, Silva, Nasri, Zabaleta

Villa: Agbonlahor, Gardner

Further Reading:

Wilfried Bony preview

Fernando preview

Manuel Pellegrini text preview

Manuel Pellegrini video preview

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