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Match preview: Villa v Man City
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29th Jan 2016
Match preview: Villa v Man City


MATCH DETAILS

Villa v Man City
Emirates FA Cup fourth round
Villa Park
Saturday January 30 - KO 3pm
Referee: Michael Jones  

TICKET LATEST

Villa supporters are advised to purchase tickets in advance of this weekend's Emirates FA Cup fourth round clash with Manchester City.

The easiest and quickest way to ensure you get tickets for the game is to buy online from our ONLINE BOX OFFICE.

It can get busy in and around the ticket office on matchday so avoid the queues and head online.

Once purchased, you can take advantage of our Print@Home facility and have your tickets emailed directly to your account so you can enjoy a hassle free day leading up to kick-off.

You can also call our Consumer Sales team on 0333 323 1874 to book tickets.

Tickets are available for collection from the Villa Village Ticket Office up until 12.30pm on matchday or from the Trinity Road Ticket Office after 1pm.

Tickets are £20 [adults] and £10 [U18s] in Trinity Road/Doug Ellis Stand, £15 [adults] and £10 [U18s] in Holte End and £10 [adults] and £5 [U18s] in the Family Stand.

In the interests of crowd safety, to prevent visiting supporters purchasing tickets in home areas of the stadium, there will not be any cash turnstiles open on matchday.

Please be aware tickets for this match are sold on a one ticket per client reference number basis and all supporters must have a varied Aston Villa booking history.

TEAM NEWS

Rémi Garde could be without Alan Hutton and Carlos Sanchez for our FA Cup fourth round meeting with Man City - but was more upbeat on the fitness of Gabby Agbonlahor.

Right-back Hutton looks set to miss out after failing to recover from a hamstring problem sustained in the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland four weeks ago.

Sanchez, who also missed the derby draw at West Brom, is still struggling with a hamstring problem that saw him limp off in Villa's third round replay win over Wycombe.

Long-serving striker Agbonlahor has struggled for fitness since Garde's arrival in November but trained with the group this week. He will be assessed ahead of the game.

Manchester City are missing playmaker Kevin de Bruyne (ligament damage) after he was stretchered off against Everton.

Defenders Vincent Kompany, Aleksandar Kolarov and Eliaquim Mangala are set to return to training next week.

Garde

DUGOUT ANALYSIS

Rémi Garde

The game against Manchester City is a big opportunity for us.

We are in a good moment.

We lack a bit of confidence in front of goal, but I'm pleased we're not conceding too many goals. That's important.

Manuel Pellegrini

It's not our intention to bring anyone in.

I trust in my squad and I am sure we will be competitive.

Winning the quadruple is not a realistic target.

We have to look at Aston Villa.

If we don't beat them it is all over.

Okore

PLAYER ANALYSIS

Jores Okore

We need to go out and keep our run going.

As long as we create chances we can go out and win.

Last season's run to the final was really special.

It was amazing to go to Wembley and go that far in a tournament with some quality teams.

We had a run last year and hopefully if we can get a good result this weekend we'll see even more confidence coming back in the team.

Maybe then we can get the same kind of run and can do the same this year.

Fernandinho

Aston Villa are in a bad situation in the Premier League but a lot of things can happen during 90 minutes of cup football.

The manager will pick his team for the game and we will try our best because it's important to qualify for the next round.

MATCH STATS

We have won three of our last four FA Cup games against fellow Premier League sides, all en route to the final last season.

We have scored in each of our last 12 home games in the FA Cup, scoring two or more on 10 occasions.

We have conceded just one goal in our last four competitive matches.

Manchester City have progressed past us in the last three meetings in the cup, including a 3-0 fifth-round win en route to winning the trophy in 2011.

The last time Manchester City lost against a team from the same division in the FA Cup was in 2013 when they were defeated 1-0 in the final by Wigan Athletic.

Man City have won only two of their last nine competitive away matches (W2 D3 L4).

AVTV MUST SEE

Rémi Garde press conference - WATCH HERE

BETTING ODDS

Villa to win - 4/1
Draw - 9/4
Draw HT - Villa FT -9/1
Villa win 2-0- 25/1 Ayew first goal, Villa wins 1-0 scorecast - 70/1

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MATCH PROGRAMME

Snap up the latest issue of the Villa News & Record for the FA Cup fourth round tie against Manchester City.

Secure your copy now through our eBay account - BUY NOW.

This weekend's edition of the matchday programme is packed with great claret-and-blue content.

Ashley Westwood discusses his latest encounter with the player he describes as his toughest opponent, while Jack Grealish is next up in our quickfire Either/Or series.

The award-winning Villa Vault looks at all of our past FA Cup encounters with the men from the blue half of Manchester.

There are more testing teasers in our FA Cup quiz, while Cup topics has some interesting anecdotes relating to our involvement in this year's competition.

Jordan Lyden is the focus of our latest What's In A Name feature and there's also a comprehensive look at our opposition.

Let's not forget regular columns from Rémi Garde, Micah Richards and Ian Taylor too.

At £3, the Villa News & Record is great value.

Secure your copy now through our eBay account - BUY NOW.

For even better value, why not take advantage of one of our five-for-£5 programme bags, available around the ground on matchdays.

As well as the latest issue, you will also receive four classic Villa programmes.

Or why not guarantee your copy of every programme this season by taking out a subscription?

The price of your subscription is £72 [for 24 issues], including free UK delivery.

This means you save 50p per issue, which is £12 over the subscription - the equivalent of three free issues (RRP £3.50 each).

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The price of your subscription is £72 [for 24 issues], including free UK delivery.

This means you save 50p per issue, which is £12 over the subscription - the equivalent of three free issues (RRP £3.50 each).

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Before the game starts, our game area will also contain pre-match analysis, fan discussion and interactive polls.

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Paul, Emily and Dan will bring you blow by blow action as the game unfolds as well as the thoughts of fans logging-in from all over the planet.

After the game, you can check out a game report, manager's verdict and a picture gallery.

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