Aston Villa v Man City preview

Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park (kick-off 5.30pm).

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Dzeko: Set to return for visitors

Dzeko: Set to return for visitors

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Darren Bent is poised to make his debut for Aston Villa after joining from Sunderland in a deal which could eventually be worth up to £24million.

Winger Ashley Young is available after missing the derby with Birmingham through suspension, but striker Emile Heskey will serve the final game of a three-match ban for his sending-off against Sunderland. Defender Luke Young (hip) and midfielder Stephen Ireland (knee) remain on the injury list.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are set to recall Edin Dzeko following his impressive debut against Wolves last weekend. The new signing was ineligible for Tuesday's FA Cup triumph over Leicester.

Kolo Toure, Nigel de Jong and Gareth Barry are also in line to get their places back, which should help shore up an uncharacteristically leaky defence that has conceded seven times in the last three games.

Aston Villa (from): Friedel, Walker, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Young, Downing, Bannan, Hogg, Bent, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Marshall, Pires, Herd, Baker.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Given, Zabaleta, Boateng, K Toure, Kompany, Boyata, Kolarov, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, Johnson, De Jong, Vieira, Milner, Y Toure, Silva, Barry, Tevez, Dzeko, Adebayor, Jo.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham  
Southampton v West Brom  
Swansea v Burnley  
17:30
Everton v Arsenal  
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR  
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 1 2 3
2 Man City 1 2 3
3 Arsenal 1 1 3
4 Liverpool 1 1 3
5 Swansea 1 1 3
6 A Villa 1 1 3
7 Hull City 1 1 3
8 Tottenham 1 1 3
9 Everton 1 0 1
10 Leicester 1 0 1
11 S'land 1 0 1
12 West Brom 1 0 1
13 C Palace 1 -1 0
14 Man Utd 1 -1 0
15 Southampton 1 -1 0
16 QPR 1 -1 0
17 Stoke 1 -1 0
18 West Ham 1 -1 0
19 Burnley 1 -2 0
20 Newcastle 1 -2 0

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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