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VILLA v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

4 February 2016

ASTON VILLA

Nickname: Villans
Manager: Remi Garde
2014-15: 17th
Ground: Villa Park

RICHARDS ON SATURDAY
Villa captain Micah Richards says he and his teammates retain belief despite their perilous situation in the table.

After just two wins this season, the Midlanders are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League but Richards told their official site: "I don't think the lads are lacking any confidence.



"A lot of people have said that the players don't care here. I think we showed there at West Ham that we fight until the end - whether we've 11 or 10 men on the pitch.

"Norwich is next up - a tough game at the weekend - and if we get three points there it will be a nice start. We are working hard and we will continue to do that day in and day out."

STAR PLAYER
Idrissa Gueye has missed just three league matches for Aston Villa in his debut term with the Premier League strugglers.

A combative midfielder and a Senegal international, Gueye moved from Lille for a reported £9m last July having been with the French side since the age of 13.



The 26-year-old was linked with moves to Marseille and Southampton but in the end opted to sign for then Villa manager Tim Sherwood.

He has played 24 times in all competitions so far this season, with his only goal coming in their 2-0 FA Cup Third Round replay victory over Wycombe Wanderers last month.

LAST TIME OUT
Jordan Ayew's first half dismissal cost Villa as they eventually went down 2-0 to West Ham United on Tuesday night.

Remi Garde's side remain ten points adrift of safety after another damaging Premier League defeat the Boleyn Ground.

#WHUFC 0-0 #AVFC – RED CARD - 17mins: Villa are down to 10 men. Jordan Ayew is dismissed for catching Cresswell with his arm. #WHUAVL

— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) February 2, 2016
Ayew was dismissed after just 17 minutes for a reckless elbow to the face of Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell, with Slaven Bilic's side taking a 58th-minute lead courtesy of Michail Antonio.

Cheikhou Kouyate then scored following a counter-attack five minutes from time to secure West Ham's fourth league win in six matches.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Mark Bunn.

Defenders: Micah Richards (c), Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Joleon Lescott, Kieran Richardson, Alan Hutton, Jordan Amavi, Lewis Kinsella, Aly Cissokho.

Midfielders
: Leandro Bacuna, Idrissa Gueye, Scott Sinclair, Ashley Westwood, Jordan Veretout, Carlos Sanchez, Carles Gil, Charles N'Zogbia, Jordan Lyden, Jack Grealish.

Attackers
: Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jordan Ayew, Adama Traore, Libor Kozak, Rudy Gestede.



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