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Pablo Zabaleta crosses the ball.
The match has reached full-time.
Nathan Baker makes a clearance.
Karim El Ahmadi has an effort at goal. Blocked by Matija Nastasic.
Centre by Antonio Luna.
Leandro Bacuna restarts play with the free kick.
Yaya Toure concedes a free kick for a foul on Libor Kozak.
Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matija Nastasic on Libor Kozak.
Clearance made by Jordan Bowery.
Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Luna on Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
The ball is crossed by Aleksandar Kolarov.
James Milner makes a clearance.
Stevan Jovetic takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan catches the ball.
Stevan Jovetic takes a shot. Ron Vlaar gets a block in.
Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
Vincent Kompany fouled by Jordan Bowery, the ref awards a free kick.
Jordan Bowery replaces Andreas Weimann.
Clearance by Nathan Baker.
The ball is delivered by Alvaro Negredo.
Andreas Weimann scores with their right foot. Aston Villa 3-2 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Bradley Guzan.
Aleksandar Kolarov has an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan fumbles the ball.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Stevan Jovetic coming on for Edin Dzeko.
Leandro Bacuna scores direct from the free kick. Aston Villa 2-2 Man City.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Matija Nastasic.
Corner taken by James Milner from the left by-line.
The referee blows for offside.
Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Andreas Weimann, the ref awards a free kick.
Ron Vlaar takes a shot. Joe Hart parries the effort to safety.
Fabian Delph takes the free kick.
Matija Nastasic challenges Libor Kozak unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Samir Nasri leaves the field to be replaced by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.
Antonio Luna delivers the ball.
Unfair challenge on Antonio Luna by James Milner results in a free kick.
Clearance made by Antonio Luna.
Yacouba Sylla receives a caution.
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Yacouba Sylla results in a free kick.
James Milner delivers the ball.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri.
A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Samir Nasri on Leandro Bacuna.
Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta delivers the ball.
Karim El Ahmadi scores with their right foot. Aston Villa 1-1 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Leandro Bacuna.
Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Leandro Bacuna.
Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
Centre by Pablo Zabaleta.
The match restarts for the second half.
The half-time whistle blows.
Shot by Yaya Toure. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Yaya Toure fouled by Leandro Bacuna, the ref awards a free kick.
James Milner sends in a cross.
Samir Nasri crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Antonio Luna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner.
The ball is delivered by Samir Nasri.
Foul by Leandro Bacuna on Alvaro Negredo, free kick awarded.
Free kick taken by Ron Vlaar.
Alvaro Negredo is ruled offside.
Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Matija Nastasic takes the free kick.
Karim El Ahmadi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov.
Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Leandro Bacuna takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
Clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
Matija Nastasic manages to make a clearance.
Strike on goal comes in from Karim El Ahmadi from the free kick and goes right of the post.
Libor Kozak fouled by Matija Nastasic, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Edin Dzeko.
The official flags Edin Dzeko offside.
Karim El Ahmadi challenges Aleksandar Kolarov unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Centre by James Milner.
James Milner takes a shot. Fabian Delph gets a block in.
Short corner worked by Samir Nasri.
Foul by Yacouba Sylla on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded.
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Karim El Ahmadi gets a block in.
Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Header by Edin Dzeko goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Leandro Bacuna.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Fernandinho on Libor Kozak.
Edin Dzeko takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan safely holds on.
Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Leandro Bacuna takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
Clearance made by Matija Nastasic.
Unfair challenge on Leandro Bacuna by Luis Fernandinho results in a free kick.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
Lambert vows to end home horror
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has vowed to end his side's horror home record.
Villa Park has been anything but a fortress since Lambert took charge of the club at the start of last season.
From 21 Barclays Premier League matches on home soil under Lambert, Villa have won just five, notably chalking up nine defeats in the last 13 stretching back towards the end of December.
That run includes two losses this season in front of the Villa fans, to Liverpool and Newcastle.
With Manchester City up next on Saturday, and Tottenham after the international break on October 20, Villa's home form may not improve any time soon.
Lambert, however, knows there has to be a turnaround if Villa are to avoid another relegation dogfight.
"You need to win your home games," insisted Lambert. "You should have a good solid base at home, but we seem to be doing it the other way around at the moment, winning away from home, and finding it hard at home. I don't know why that is. It's strange.
"It's not as if we set our stall out any differently. We always go out to try and win every game we play in, and I'll never change that
"We've too many fans who come to watch us, so we can't sit back.
"Sometimes we are forced to because visiting teams get on top of you, but we never deliberately set out to defend.
"We know it's something we have to put right, to improve, and I'm sure it will come. The law of averages says it will come."
Villa go into the clash with City with a number of players nursing knocks and niggles, although Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, Fabian Delph, Ciaran Clark and Antonio Luna should all be available again.
Star striker Christian Benteke, with 23 goals in 39 league matches - including four this season - represents a significant loss, though, with a hip injury ahead of taking on a rampant City side that thumped rivals United 4-1 on Sunday.
It could mean a first league start for Libor Kozak, the B#7million signing from Lazio on transfer deadline day, and who scored within 90 seconds of replacing Benteke at Carrow Road.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini claims next week's clash with European champions Bayern Munich is not yet occupying his thoughts.
Pellegrini wants to focus on the weekend Barclays Premier League trip to Villa Park before switching his attention to Wednesday's glamour Champions League tie at the Etihad Stadium.
City attracted some criticism after labouring to a goalless draw at Stoke a fortnight ago, three days before their last Champions League outing.
Potters boss Mark Hughes suggested Pellegrini had prioritised the wrong game after making six changes at the Britannia Stadium.
But even though Pellegrini has confirmed Sergio Aguero will not be risked at Villa Park after a knock, the Chilean insists his quest for top spot is priority this weekend.
Pellegrini, whose side have not yet won away after defeat at Cardiff last month, said: "I am sure nobody is thinking about Bayern Munich. We are all thinking about Aston Villa.
"We know it is a strong team playing at home. We need to play a very good game if we want to win and we need to win away now.
"We have lost one away and drawn the other, for different reasons.
"It is in the past so I don't continue talking about those games but tomorrow we have the opportunity to win against Aston Villa.
"It is very important for us to reach the first position of the table."
City, currently third, could go top if Arsenal and Tottenham drop points this weekend.
News of Aguero's unavailability was a surprise. The Argentina striker was outstanding as he scored two goals in last week's derby destruction of Manchester United.
He was substituted after 86 minutes but it was not thought to be injury related and it was no surprise that he was rested for the midweek Capital One Cup win over Wigan.
Pellegrini has now revealed there was a problem but it will not keep him out of the Munich match.
Pellegrini said: "Aguero finished the last derby in the last play with a small pain.
"I think it was nothing important but I think it was a risk for him to play three games in the same week.
"We will leave him for next Wednesday but he will be absolutely fine."
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