Game thread: City v Aston Villa

BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Carlos Tevez of Manchester City holds off the challenge from Richard Dunne of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on January 22 2011 in Birmingham England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Yesterday's win by Reading over Everton means that victory this evening will see City take on Reading at home for a place in the FA Cup semi-final.

Despite injury and fatigue worries (and not to mention a packed schedule of games coming up) I expect Roberto Mancini to play the strongest side available, meaning David Silva should come back into the line-up although reports suggest Vincent Kompany will again miss out.

Villa have improved somewhat since their 4-0 defeat at Eastlands before Christmas, and of course defeated City 1-0 a few weeks ago but the scorer that day, Darren Bent, is cup-tied and misses out.

A close game is anticipated, but home advantage should be enough to see City progress.

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