Aston Villa v Manchester City: Premier League leaders head to Villa Park

James Chester was at right-back for Aston Villa against Brentford in midweek

Aston Villa v Manchester City (Premier League) Date: Friday, 25 August Venue: Villa Park, Villa Park Kick-off: 19:45 BST Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app

Aston Villa and Manchester City will kick off a packed weekend of Premier League action at Villa Park on Friday night.

Swansea, QPR and West Brom are also in action on Friday, with Aston Villa hoping for better fortunes than the last time they met – a 5-0 drubbing by the same opponents at the Etihad Stadium.

The winner of this match will play Arsenal in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at The Emirates on Tuesday, 26 August.

Here is how it will look.

Manchester City’s line-up

Sergio Aguero has scored seven goals in all competitions this season.

He captained Manchester City to a 4-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest in their Champions League play-off round on Tuesday.

Manager Pep Guardiola has been quick to reinforce the importance of form in his squad this time of year, recalling goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for the tournament game and throwing winger Raheem Sterling straight into the action.

Midfielder John Stones, who missed the game at Steaua because of an ankle injury, is still missing, but Guardiola has confirmed a place for the Belgium international.

Gabriel Jesus starts up front again as City target their fourth league game in six days.

Aston Villa’s line-up

Brad Guzan played in Villa’s 3-0 win over Brentford in midweek.

The former Villa and Arsenal goalkeeper came in for Alex McCarthy after the goalkeeper was injured in training.

He was recalled after having a spell on loan with Norwegian side Brann last season, where he played in a friendly against Al Jazeera before the summer transfer window opened.

Sam Johnstone has missed Villa’s last two games because of an ankle injury.

The 23-year-old has made a total of four league appearances this season.

Terence Kongolo makes his debut, filling in for Robbie Brady as left-back.

Kongolo, who joined the club on a four-year deal in July, is in his first season at Villa Park.

The 21-year-old Belgian was a first-team regular for Bayern Munich’s reserves in 2016-17, playing eight times.

Curtis Davies returns after he was ruled out with a knee injury in midweek.

Joe Hart is available again for goalkeeping partner David Stockdale after being rested.

Javi Garcia is back after missing Wednesday’s win at Steaua with a back problem.

Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan should make his debut.

He missed all of City’s pre-season after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Man City outcast Yaya Toure made his first appearance in the Champions League in Europe League play-off round in the 3-0 win over Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday night.

Pep Guardiola has not confirmed the Ivorian will start against Villa but acknowledged he could be involved and has been training with his team-mates.

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