Manchester City team to play Villarreal

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Updated: November 2, 2011

The Manchester City team to play Villarreal:

Man City team: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Savic, Clichy, Yaya, De Jong, Nasri, Silva, Milner, Balotelli Subs Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Johnson, Barry, Dzeko, Aguero

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In form Manchester City make the trip to Spain to face Villareal in match day four of the Champions League. City made history the last time the two sides, two weeks ago, when they claimed their first even CL victory with a late winner from Sergio Aguero.

Since then Roberto Mancini side have hit top form recording three wins and 14 goals in their last three games in all competitions.

The Premiership leaders will welcome back Mario Balotelli to the squad after he completed his three game suspension and the inform striker, who has five goals in his last 7 games could partner Sergio Aguero up front.

James Milner will be pushing for a start after some impressive displays of late although should Mancini opt for a 4-4-2 system with Samir Nasri and David Silva supporting Balotelli and Aguero the former Villa man could miss out.

Carlos Tevez continues to be overlooked while Owen Hargreaves is ineligible.

Meanwhile 2006 semi finalists Villarreal will be without a number of key players as they look for their first points of the 2011/2012 Champions League. Summer signing Cristián Zapata is the latest player to cry off after the club revealed on their official website that the player sprained the ligaments in his right knee and will miss around five weeks.

Zapata joins Cani, Marco Ruben and Marcos Senna, not to mention key strikers Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar on the injury list.

Carlos Marchena is back after injury while up front, with Rossi and Nilmar out Gerard Bordas is expected to start and he looks set to be supported by Borja Valero and Hernan Perez.

Juan Carlos Garrido’s side have made a poor start to the season and claimed only their second win of the season when they beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0, a result that moved them out of the relegation zone.

Their form in Europe is no better with only one win in their last 10 Champions League games, five of which have been losses and have never beaten an English side.

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