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Aston Villa vs. Manchester City: Open match thread and lineups

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Can Villa rebound from an ugly midweek loss in today's match against Manchester City? Stranger things have happened.

Jan Kruger

Aston Villa have a tough task ahead of them if they're to get any points out of Manchester City, as the team that crushed Manchester United last week makes their trip to Villa Park for the season. Paul Lambert is again running out a lineup that shows the scars of numerous injuries, which makes the task at hand even more difficult. But it's certainly not impossible, and we'll be here all the way. You can find Aaron's preview of the match here, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter.

Aston Villa Starting XI

Brad Guzan; Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark; Leandro Bacuna, Karim El Ahmadi, Antonio Luna, Fabian Delph, Yacouba Sylla; Andi Weimann, Libor Kozak

Aston Villa Bench

Jed Steer, Joe Bennett, Matthew Lowton, Nicklas Helenius, Marc Albrighton, Aleksandar Tonev, Jordan Bowery

Manchester City Starting XI

Joe Hart; Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Matija Nastasic; James Milner, Samir Nasri, Fernadinho, Yaya Toure; Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko

Manchester City Bench

Costel Pantillimon, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Gael Clichy, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic