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    Get Involved – worst footballing nightmares

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    Ideozu-Frank Sampson:Happened to me in 2007. I went to watch our local derby between Dolphins FC vs Sharks FC for the first time. Was a Dolphins fan, and we were spanked 4-0 to mark my debut as a local team supporter! Consolation? We went to win the Nigerian Premiere League that season!

  • How things stand…

    Man City v Aston Villa (12:30 BST)

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    Ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action, here’s how the top of the Premier League lies…

    Leicestercatapulted themselves into second place with their demolition ofSouthamptonon Friday night, though,Manchester Citywill return to second if they beatAston Villain Saturday’s early kick-off.

    Liverpoolwill hope to continue their unbeaten start at the summit when they faceTottenhamon Sunday, whileChelseaface a tricky trip toBurnleyin today’s late game.

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    And at the bottom…

    The Saints’ goal difference took a hammering last night which meant they dropped into the relegation zone, withNewcastle,who faceWolvestomorrow, leapfrogging them into 17th.

    Watfordsit rock bottom and will look to build on last week’s positive draw atSpurswhen they playBournemouthat 15:00 BST, whileNorwichare searching for a first win in four when they hostManchester Unitedon Sunday.

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    SMS Message: Does the Villa match a few weeks ago count as a nightmare? If not, the time when we went to Fulham needing a result to stay up and lost 6-0. Classic Norwich. from Anonymous – don’t be shy, please provide us with a name

    Does the Villa match a few weeks ago count as a nightmare? If not, the time when we went to Fulham needing a result to stay up and lost 6-0. Classic Norwich.

  • Radio 5 Live

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    Radio 5 Live will have updates fromManchester CityagainstAston Villabefore full commentary from the 15:00 BST game betweenBrightonandEverton.

    Sports Report follows at 17:00 while Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton will be taking your calls from 18:00 on 606.

  • Five changes for City, two for Villa

    Man City v Aston Villa (12:30 BST)

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    Pep Guardiola makes five changes to theManchester Cityteam which swept aside Atalanta on Tuesday night, as John Stones comes in to make his first start since mid-September.

    Elsewhere, Joao Cancelo replaces Kyle Walker at right-back, Gabriel Jesus starts ahead of Sergio Aguero, and Bernardo Silva and captain David Silva, also start.

    Raheem Sterling, who bagged an 11-minute hat-trick in midweek, plays from the off, as does Kevin De Bruyne, while Fernandino continues at centre-back.

    Man City XI:Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; Gundogan, D Silva, De Bruyne; B Silva, Sterling, Jesus.

    Subs:Bravo, Walker, Angelino, Otamendi, Foden, Mahrez, Aguero.

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    Aston Villaboss Dean Smith makes two changes to the side which beat Brighton last weekend, as Douglas Luiz and Trezeguet come in.

    They replace Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi, who are both named among the substitutes, while the Villans name the same back five for the fourth consecutive league game.

    Aston Villa XI:Heaton; Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Nakamba, Douglas Luiz, Trezeguet, Grealish; Wesley.

    Subs:Steer, Taylor, Davis, Konsa, Lansbury, Hourihane, El Ghazi.

  • Seventh heaven

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    Played 7. Won 7.

    What a brilliant week for Premier League clubs in the Champions League and the Europa League.

    Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Wolves, Manchester United and Arsenal all won…scoring 21 goals in the process and conceding just five.

    Two of the seven are in action today – with the other five playing tomorrow.

    SUNDAY’S GAMES

    Newcastle v Wolves 14:00 GMT

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace 16:30 GMT

    Liverpool v Tottenham 16:30 GMT

    Norwich v Man Utd 16:30 GMT

  • Hospital pass

    Man City v Aston Villa (12:30 BST)

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    One player not involved for Manchester City today is Oleksandr Zinchenko.

    The Ukraine defender, who has played seven times for the champions this season, is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after having knee surgery.

    It is another blow for City, who are already without centre-back Aymeric Laporte with a long-term injury.

    In a further blow, midfielder Rodri, who had moved to defence, is also out after suffering a hamstring injury in midweek.

    Who will be lining up in City’s defence? Full team news coming up in around five minutes.

  • Will it be raining goals at the Etihad?

    Man City v Aston Villa (12:30 BST)

    Chris Bevan

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    It’s fair to say it is extremely wet at the Etihad, where I think everyone is in for a very soggy afternoon.

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith and Jack Grealish (with his hood up to protect those trademark locks) have just been out to inspect the pitch which, like the rest of Manchester, has certainly seen enough water in the past 24 hours.

    It could be raining goals later too – even after Leicester’s record-equalling haul last night, City are still the highest scorers in the Premier League in 2019-20 with 29, while there have been an average of more than three goals (at either end) in every Villa game this season.

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