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Man City v Villa match preview: We have no trepidation insists Lambert
Paul Brown looks ahead to Etihad Stadium test.
16th Nov 2012
Man City v Villa match preview: We have no trepidation insists Lambert


By Paul Brown

Paul Lambert agrees that Manchester City have a "class team" ahead of this weekend's meeting but insists Villa will face them with "no trepidation."

Lambert believes the cup win over the Etihad Stadium outfit - a tremendous 4-2 win on foreign soil - will have given his players plenty of belief.

But he knows Saturday's Barclays Premier League game will be a completely different encounter.

Lambert, however, insists his players will not be intimidated by the championship-chasers.

He said: "The cup win will give them a bit of belief but it is a completely different game. It will be different personnel that will play.

"But they have done it once and that will be in their heads.

"I know how hard it is going to be but we are playing well enough to cause them trouble.

"Nobody expects you to win these games but ourselves.

"We never got the result against Man Utd but we took a lot of positives out of the game.

"I know it's a really tough game but I have belief in my team that we will do the best we can to win.

"You have to try to impose yourself. As long as we have the belief!

"If they keep doing what they are doing, they will win more games than not.

"It is a true saying you can lose a game in the tunnel if you are intimidated and think not earned the right to play someone. But we have, we have earned that right! And we will go up there and try and win.

"I don't go with any trepidation. At the end of the day, what will happen and happen, but we are definitely going to try and win the game.

"We are up against a top side, no doubt. They've got Real Madrid in midweek but the club is flooded with star players. But we've been up there before and won and the confidence is high. That's a good thing.

"The lads are confident they can go up there and do well.

"I don't look on with envy at their team because I don't tend to concentrate on outside matters that don't affect us here.

"They have wealthy owners and they are champions but we will go there and try and win."

MATCH INFO

Match: Man City v Villa
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Saturday November 17, 2012
Referee: Jon Moss

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TEAM NEWS

Nathan Baker has resumed training after an ankle injury picked up against Fulham.

Darren Bent is still absent with the ankle problem he picked up in training on the eve of the Sunderland clash.

Richard Dunne is also out with a groin strain that has plagued him all season.

Chris Herd, Joe Bennett and Charles N'Zogbia are all struggling for the Etihad Stadium trip.

Manchester City pair James Milner and Joleon Lescott are in contention to play after recovering from respective hamstring and back injuries.

COLOURS

Villa will be wearing their away kit of lime green.

LAST TIME OUT

Man City 4-1 Villa
Goals: Balotelli, Johnson, Kompany, Warnock, Milner
October 15, 2011

MATCH STATS

Manchester City have won nine of their last ten home matches against Aston Villa  in the Premier League, including the last five.

Stephen Ireland made 176 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 13 goals in 50 games in 2008-09.

Eric Lichaj celebrates his 24th birthday on the day of this match.

There have been five penalties awarded in the last eight Premier League meetings between City and Villa.

Mario Balotelli has four goals in two Premier League games against Villa and six in four appearances in all competitions against them.

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