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Vincent Kompany has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Warnock on James Milner. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
David Silva takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Alan Hutton results in a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by David Silva on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan from right channel, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Barry Bannan results in a free kick. The referee shows Barry Bannan a yellow card. Indirect free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Stephen Warnock produces a cross, Gael Clichy makes a clearance.
Mario Balotelli is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Owen Hargreaves. Richard Dunne restarts play with the free kick.
Marc Albrighton replaces Fabian Delph.
Close range effort by David Silva misses to the left of the target.
James Milner finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 4-1 Aston Villa.Gareth Barry provided the assist for the goal.
The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
Fabian Delph gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Nigel De Jong takes the indirect free kick.
Kolo Toure on for Micah Richards. Gnegneri Toure Yaya leaves the field to be replaced by David Silva.
Stephen Warnock scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Man City 3-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.
Inswinging corner taken by James Milner, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shay Given by Micah Richards. Barry Bannan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emile Heskey. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Foul by Gareth Barry on Gabriel Agbonlahor, free kick awarded. The referee shows Gareth Barry a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
Emile Heskey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick crossed by Stiliyan Petrov, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
Stephen Ireland goes off and Charles N'Zogbia comes on.
Adam Johnson takes the inswinging corner, Vincent Kompany grabs a headed goal from close range. Man City 3-0 Aston Villa.Assist by Adam Johnson.
Gareth Barry takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Comfortable save by Shay Given.
A goal is scored by Adam Johnson from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 2-0 Aston Villa.Assist by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
A cross is delivered by Fabian Delph, Emile Heskey takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Clichy.
Shot by Nigel De Jong from outside the box goes over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland by Vincent Kompany. The ball is crossed by Stephen Warnock, Emile Heskey has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ireland. Free kick taken by Stephen Ireland.
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Emile Heskey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott. Stephen Warnock takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart. Adam Johnson takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Fabian Delph. Indirect free kick taken by Ciaran Clark.
The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Mario Balotelli scores a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Man City 1-0 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Micah Richards.
The ball is swung over by Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland gets a block in.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
James Milner takes a short corner.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Adam Johnson takes a corner.
James Milner produces a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box and hits the post. Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Stephen Ireland. Stephen Warnock takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Fabian Delph. Free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya delivers the ball, Shot by Mario Balotelli from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Stephen Warnock takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stiliyan Petrov, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
Mario Balotelli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick taken by Shay Given.
Tevez poser continues for Mancini
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on Friday said he does not know whether Carlos Tevez will play for the club again.
Tevez is now the subject of internal disciplinary proceedings after an investigation into his alleged refusal to play against Bayern Munich a fortnight ago concluded he does have case to answer.
Journalists at Mancini's pre-planned press conference ahead of Saturday's game against Aston Villa were told Tevez discussion was off limits but that did not prevent the subject arising.
When asked whether the 27-year-old Argentinian still has a future at the club, Mancini said: "I don't know."
That remark will undoubtedly be analysed for its meaning as Mancini said, more definitively, that Tevez was "finished" at City after the Champions League loss at the Allianz Arena.
Mancini claimed Tevez had refused to play as a substitute during the second half in Munich and the player was subsequently suspended for two weeks while the investigation was conducted.
Tevez returned from his suspension to train alone at the club's Carrington complex on Thursday but Mancini was denied the opportunity to say whether he would be available for selection during the disciplinary process.
A City official on Friday read a statement saying: "We have been unable to allow questions about Carlos Tevez today, either to Carlos in general, his alleged conduct on the night in question, or the ramifications of that conduct.
"Questions also in relation to his future at the club are strictly off limits today and won't be answered. Breaches of this will result in the press conference being suspended."
Tevez's case may not be resolved until December if it runs its full course, which would include two rights of appeal.
However, Mancini did give an indication Tevez was not in his plans when he addressed how many strikers he had available for the Villa game.
"We have three strikers at this moment," he said, although he added he would not take risks with the almost fit-again Sergio Aguero after an adductor injury.
Fellow forward Mario Balotelli has overcome a back problem while Owen Hargreaves could come into contention to make his league debut.
For the rest of his press conference, Mancini tried to steer the subject onto what he feels are more pressing matters.
He said: "It is better that we talk about Aston Villa.
"Now it is important we focus on the next week. We have three important games - Aston Villa, Villarreal and Manchester United."
Alex McLeish does not expect Villa to gain any advantage from the Tevez situation at the Etihad Stadium, and pinpointed David Silva as the dangerman on Saturday.
McLeish expects the City players to adjust to life without Tevez and knows all about Silva's attacking qualities after seeing him score twice for Spain against Scotland in midweek.
He said: "I don't think the Tevez situation will affect the mindset of the City players. I don't think it would bother the players too much.
"They get on with it because I know in my time as a player that, when managers and players left, the media would say `it's the end of the world`.
"After about a week or two, after reading all the hype, then you just get on with it.
"As a player you are only really looking after yourself and making sure you are ready and prepared for any game coming up."
McLeish added: "I wouldn't expect Tevez to be in the squad but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it because we know they've got fantastic replacements.
"We know whatever side City put out that they have a very strong team and on paper they should be too strong for most teams in the Premier League.
"We saw that from Silva's performance the other night for Spain and they can even play him up front.
"He is a quality player, he is fantastic, but most of the whole of Spain is fantastic and what a generation of players they have at their disposal.
"He is a great player, has settled in at Manchester City really well after a sticky start.
"I remember Roberto Mancini talking about him, saying it takes foreign players that bit longer to adapt, but you can be sure he has adapted well and he did great for Spain the other night."
McLeish has been impressed with the resurgence this season of striker Gabriel Agbonlahor who has been declared fit to face City after a back problem.
Villa midfielders Stephen Ireland (foot) and Barry Bannan (Achilles) plus defender James Collins (foot) are expected to be available.
But striker Nathan Delfouneso (hamstring) and on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas (Achilles) are ruled out.
Super Mario stars in City stroll
Mario Balotelli did his best to prove to manager Roberto Mancini that he is his number one striker as his stunning goal helped Manchester City on their way to a crushing 4-1 win over Aston Villa that handed them the outright leadership of the Barclays Premier League.
Given the chance to lead the line for a second straight game, the 21-year-old, a #24million signing from Inter Milan last summer, thrived on the responsibility and his sumptuous first-half overhead kick brought his side to life after a sterile opening.
With Villa's resistance broken, Adam Johnson, Vincent Kompany and James Milner added second-half goals and Owen Hargreaves came on for his Premier League debut on a near-perfect afternoon for City, who pulled two points clear of cross-city rivals United ahead of next weekend's Manchester derby. Stephen Warnock netted a consolation for Villa.
Balotelli's goal was complemented by an industrious performance all over the pitch, reminiscent of his showing in the 4-0 win over Blackburn before the international break, with the Italian finally starting to look a more mature performer.
Having been relegated to a bit-part role owing to the form of City's other strikers and his own on- and off-field controversies, Balotelli is perhaps one of the few to benefit from the ongoing saga surrounding Carlos Tevez - the Argentinian missing again as his club continue to deal with his alleged refusal to play against Bayern Munich.
And with eight-goal Sergio Aguero injured and Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri and David Silva all on the bench as Mancini made four changes, Balotelli had another chance to impress and took it, as Villa lost their unbeaten start to the season at the eighth hurdle.
Alex McLeish's men, who included former City favourites Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Stephen Ireland in a line-up showing two changes, arrived at the Etihad Stadium without an away win this season but it did not show as they made a confident opening.
Gabriel Agbonlahor robbed Joleon Lescott but failed to make the most of a one-on-one with Joe Hart and Warnock failed with the follow-up as City struggled to settle.
But Balotelli then decided to wake them up, hitting tamely wide before going closer when his 25-yard curler reared up in front of Given and forced the Irishman to turn it behind.
Balotelli's frustrations at his close shave had drawn some considerable goading from the Villa fans housed behind Given's goal, but he was soon able to silence them.
Johnson's 28th-minute corner hit an unsuspecting Micah Richards and fell perfectly for Balotelli, who produced a razor-sharp bicycle kick to leave Given flat-footed and take his tally of goals against Villa to five in three outings.
City were unable to score again before the break but did so two minutes after it when Warnock slipped as he tracked Yaya Toure's pass, leaving Johnson with a one-on-one that he did not waste.
It was Johnson's second goal in as many games and City thought they had a claim for a penalty a minute later when Balotelli took a tumble while navigating traffic in the area.
Referee Anthony Taylor was unmoved, but City were soon able to score a third without any help from the officials as Kompany, making his 100th start for the club, rose to nod in Johnson's corner with 52 minutes gone.
City's afternoon was slightly soured when Richards limped off just after the hour and, while he was doing so, Villa pulled a goal back as Warnock stormed on to Agbonlahor's cross - taking advantage of Richards' absence - to score.
It only provided momentary solace for Villa, though, who fell three behind again with 20 minutes remaining.
Nigel de Jong's long pass played in Johnson and, after some trickery from the winger, the ball was moved on to Milner who found the top corner from the edge of the box against his former club.
Silva, on for Toure, then went close after more impressive work from Balotelli, before Hargreaves came on for his first taste of Premier League action since an injury-halted seven minutes for Manchester United last November, immediately launching himself into two tackles as if to prove his fitness.
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