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Game thread: City v Aston Villa

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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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