Aston Villa v Man City

Newly-appointed Aston Villa manager Remi Garde faces a baptism of fire when his side welcomes league leaders Manchester City to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.

Former Lyon manager Garde will be hoping to secure a share of the spoils, at the very least, as another defeat on Sunday would stretch their losing run in the Premier League extended to eight consecutive games.

The Frenchman will be able to call on several first-team players, however, with skipper Micah Richards set to return to the starting line-up after serving a one-match ban.

Midfielder Ashley Westwood is expected to feature, despite sustaining a head injury against Tottenham, while Gabby Agbonlahor (calf) faces a late fitness test.

Idrissa Gana and Adama Traore will in all likelihood play some part in the fixture after being rested for Monday's clash with Spurs.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are sweating over the fitness of playmaker David Silva, who may not be risked after recently recovering from an ankle problem.

Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero remain on the treatment table, while Kevin De Bruyne returns to the starting line-up after being rested for the midweek victory over Sevilla in the Champions League.

Kelechi Iheanacho was ineligible to feature against Sevilla and will take up a place on the bench against the Villans.

Fabian Delph and Gael Clichy are pushing for starts after being named on the bench for the midweek clash.

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