Aston Villa v Manchester City

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Manchester City will be obvious favourites in their FA Cup fourth-round clash with Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

City are undefeated in their last six Premier League matches, although half of those have been draws, and the dropped points have seen them slip slightly off the pace in the title race.

Nevertheless, an emphatic 4-0 win over Crystal Palace followed by a 2-2 draw with West Ham means that City's frontline is still firing on all cylinders, and they'll be confident of progressing in the famous cup competition.

Villa have now avoided defeat in their last three games, following up a rare win over Palace – just their second victory of the campaign – with successive draws against Leicester City and West Brom.

Although Remi Garde's side remain rock-bottom of the league standings, they have already held the Citizens to a goalless draw earlier this term, and the 2015 beaten finalists look like they just might be capable of an upset.

The hosts will have to do without Alan Hutton and Carlos Sanchez (both hamstring), but Garde is more optimistic on the chances of striker Gabby Agbonlahor (hip/thigh), who will be assessed before the game.

The bad news for City is that Belgian winger Kevin De Bruyne (knee ligament/ankle) looks set to miss "up to 10 weeks" with the injury sustained against Everton, and will join Vincent Kompany (calf) and Samir Nasri (hamstring) on the sidelines.

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