Aston Villa vs Manchester City team news: Joe Hart preferred as Eliaquim Mangala returns to line-up despite Hull horror show

Aston Villa have striker Christian Benteke on the bench after injury

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Joe Hart returned to Manchester City’s starting line-up to face Aston Villa after being left out of the side that beat Hull last weekend, with Eliaquim Mangala also returning to the side despite his horror show at the KC Stadium.

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Mangala was left out of the Champions League draw with Roma in midweek after scoring an own-goal and giving away a penalty in the 4-2 win over Hull, but he replaces Martin Demichelis in the side as the Argentinian drops to the bench.

James Milner also returns as he comes in for Spaniard Jesus Navasm and Stevan Jovetic has recovered from injury to join Frank Lampard among the City substitutes.

Aston Villa make just one change to the side that lost 3-0 to Chelsea last weekend as Charles N’Zogbia comes in at the expense of Andreas Weimann, who drops to the bench.


There’s a welcome return for striker Christian Benteke after he was named on the bench. The Belgian striker missed the World Cup due to a serious knee injury he sustained last season, and he could make his first appearance of the campaign should he come on.

Joe Hart


Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Baker, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Cleverley, Richardson, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor

Subs: Given, Bacuna, Clark, Sanchez, Bent, Weimann, Benteke

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Kompany (C), Mangala, Milner, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Sagna, Lampard, Navas, Jovetic Fernando