Premier League: Manchester City vs. Aston Villa

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Big-spending Manchester City travel to Birmingham tonight to face Aston Villa in a battle between two sides chasing top-six places.

The Villains come into this match off of a very disappointing 2-1 loss in Blackburn last weekend. The Citizens, on the other hand, have been going strong and their only defeat at Old Trafford only serves to prove the challenge they have come to pose to most everyone in the Premier League.

A win for City against Villa would complete the best top-flight start the Citizens have ever had, and would see them move up to third in the EPL table.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Stephen Ireland return tonight after respective absences through suspension and sickness.

Manchester City vs. Aston Villa Possible starting XIs

The Citizens: Given, Richards, Toure, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Barry, De Jong, Petrov, Tevez, Adebayor

Villains: Friedel, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Milner, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Young, Heskey, Agbonlahor

The match kicks-off at 8:00 p.m. BST (3:00 p.m. ET).

UPDATE: The Citizens drew 1-1 at Aston Villa to move ahead of Liverpool and Arsenal into fourth place in the EPL table.