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Aston Villa v City: Need to Know preview

A one stop shop for information about Saturday's game against the Villans.

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Match: Aston Villa (20th in Premier League) v City (2nd in Premier League)

Competition: FA Cup (Fourth Round)

Date and time: Saturday 30 January, 3pm (GMT)

Referee: Michael Jones

Last time: Aston Villa 0-0 City, 8 November 2015

Head to head record:

Games: 167

Villa wins: 57
Draws: 41
City wins: 69



Tickets: Sold out

Key Quotes

Manuel Pellegrini: “It’s the same team we play that we played in November – we started in Remi Garde’s first game. We drew against them in their stadium so I think tomorrow will be a similar game and very difficult also.”

Fernandinho: "The FA Cup is very important for the team, the fans, for everyone. We go to play against Villa who have already proved they can be a tough team in their own stadium."

Jores Okore: ""Last season's run to the final was really special. It was amazing to go to Wembley and go that far in a tournament with some quality teams."

Ashley Westwood: ""David Silva is by far the toughest opponent I've faced. Ever since I've played in the Premier League I've thought the same. He's like a ghost at times, you don't know where he is."

Injury News

Aston Villa: Sandhez, Hutton, Traore, Amavi

City: Nasri, Kompany, Bony, Kolarov, Mangala, De Bruyne

Further Reading

Manuel Pellegrini text preview

Manuel Pellegrini press conference part one video

Richards v Otamendi: Stats Head to head

Aston Villa v City: Fans’ Favourite

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