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Corner taken by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line, Aleksandar Kolarov manages to make a clearance.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Brett Holman takes the direct free kick.
Scott Sinclair produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Effort on goal by Brett Holman from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
(Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Jordan Bowery coming on for Christian Benteke.
Handball by Christian Benteke. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Christian Benteke fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Bannan from right channel, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Scott Sinclair from just inside the area clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sisenando Maicon on Christian Benteke. Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.
Yaya Toure takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Christian Benteke is caught offside. Scott Sinclair on for David Silva. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Tevez finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 5-0 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Samir Nasri.
Effort on goal by Sisenando Maicon from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. Aleksandar Kolarov on for Gael Clichy.
Marc Albrighton takes a shot. Gael Clichy gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Albrighton from the right by-line, Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Matija Nastasic.
Edin Dzeko comes on in place of Sergio Aguero.
Sergio Aguero scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man City 4-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Carlos Tevez.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Marc Albrighton, Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Barry Bannan is penalised for handball and concedes a . Carlos Tevez scores a placed penalty. Man City 3-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from David Silva.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar. Corner from right by-line taken by David Silva.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton by Gareth Barry. Stephen Ireland goes off and Marc Albrighton comes on. (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Brett Holman coming on for Andreas Weimann. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan. Gabriel Agbonlahor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matija Nastasic takes the free kick.
Barry Bannan goes into the book for dissent. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Barry on Andreas Weimann. Barry Bannan crosses the ball in from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.
Foul by Andreas Weimann on Gael Clichy, free kick awarded. Matija Nastasic restarts play with the free kick.
Andreas Weimann produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
David Silva takes the inswinging corner, The referee penalises Andreas Weimann for handball. Sergio Aguero scores a placed penalty. Man City 2-0 Aston Villa.David Silva provided the assist for the goal.
Carlos Tevez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Stephen Ireland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yaya Toure. Yaya Toure restarts play with the free kick.
Sergio Aguero gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Enda Stevens. Enda Stevens restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, clearance by Matthew Lowton. A goal is scored by David Silva from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Man City 1-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Carlos Tevez.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Blocked by Matija Nastasic.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Matija Nastasic gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
Yaya Toure concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Ireland. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Bannan from left channel. The assistant referee flags for offside against Christian Benteke. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, Close range header by Yaya Toure misses to the right of the target.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Shot from just outside the box by Yaya Toure goes over the bar.
Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Sergio Aguero challenges Matthew Lowton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes a shot. Yaya Toure gets a block in.
Sisenando Maicon concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Gael Clichy takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Matija Nastasic produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Bannan, save by Joe Hart.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sisenando Maicon by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Direct free kick taken by Sisenando Maicon.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Bannan. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Christian Benteke is ruled offside. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Stephen Ireland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yaya Toure. Free kick taken by Yaya Toure.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Yaya Toure.
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Carlos Tevez has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
Short corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
Shot from close range by Sisenando Maicon misses to the right of the target.
Mancini dismisses striker speculation
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini showed his lighter side before addressing some serious issues as he met media ahead of this weekend's clash with Aston Villa.
After sending David Platt to speak on his behalf before and after last Sunday's defeat of Tottenham, the Italian joked with press by arriving for his latest briefing wearing a mask of his assistant.
It was the 47-year-old's way of showing he had lost none of his sense of humour despite a couple of recent fiery exchanges with journalists.
But the City manager was soon dealing with more weighty matters as he was asked about reports linking the club with Luis Suarez, last week's omission of Mario Balotelli and Joe Hart's form.
Mancini dismissed out of hand claims that City are lining up a bid in the region of #50million for Liverpool's in-form striker Suarez.
He even said the Barclays Premier League champions have no intention of adding to their squad at all when the transfer window opens in January.
Mancini said: "Firstly we have a good team and we don't need to buy other players in January.
"Secondly, we can't buy Suarez because we don't need him and we have four strikers. Suarez is a top player but he plays for Liverpool."
Midfielder James Milner (hamstring) and defender Joleon Lescott (back) are back in contention.
Left-back Gael Clichy (back) could also be fit after missing France's midweek international against Italy and forward Samir Nasri has recovered from illness.
Striker Mario Balotelli will hope to play after being dropped last week but midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and right-back Micah Richards (knee) are not ready to return.
Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he is happy to put his faith in young talent.
Lambert spent #22million on rebuilding his squad in the summer, with the emphasis on up-and-coming players such as Christian Benteke, Matt Lowton, Joe Bennett and Ashley Westwood.
It is the philosophy that brought him success at Norwich, although the Scot will not shy away from signing an experienced player if he fits in with his plans.
When asked if signing young players is out of choice or financial necessity, Lambert said: "It's my way. I'll not deviate from my way.
"You speak to other managers and take advice from them. It would always be my decision. Yes, I love to win but the project is long term.
"I know I need to get results but I'd rather a team that is giving everything. I know you take knocks, but it's how you come back from them.
"I think they all growing into it, the young lads. If you look at the average age, it is a very young side but that is great for the future. If we keep growing together, we'll have a right strong side.
"I couldn't ask for anymore, not just the effort but the way they have played. Would I sign experienced players?
"It's not something I'll turn away from. If they have got the right attitude to go and do it, and they fit into the group, then I'd look at that."
"Which 4 clubs will qualify for next seasons CL?"