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East meets West and third meets second when The Villains of Aston travel to Filbert Way to face the most depleted side in the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed Caglar Soyuncu is out for a number of weeks whilst Jonny Evans and Jamie Vardy are doubts with niggles. James Maddison is fit enough to play a part but City go into their first Midlands derby of the season looking a shadow of the side who took Manchester City apart a few weeks ago.

It could be a case of French Wes making his debut alongside Big Wes at the back with Timmy Castagne keeping his place at right-back whilst Ricardo Pereira continues his comeback from injury.

Three matches for Belgium won’t have helped Youri Tielemans with his ‘running through mud’ syndrome whilst Harvey Barnes should be flying high after making his England debut at Wembley against Wales.

Dennis Praet is still a doubt and Wilfred Ndidi remains out so Papy Mendy will conduct the midfield.

Villa have won three in three and come into Leicester on the back of a 7-2 battering of Champions Liverpool. Summer signing Ollie Watkins will be keen to build on his hat-trick last time out against a makeshift City defence.

Elsewhere, Jack Grealish will be eager to show Gareth Southgate what he’s missing after being snubbed for the Nations League defeat to Denmark - whilst Ross Barkley adds another dimension to the Villa midfield.

In the same fixture last season, Jamie Vardy scored Premier League goal number 98 and 99 respectively when City got their League Cup semi-final revenge with a 4-0 victory at Filbert Way - it would be the final Premier League game before the lockdown.

You’ll have to let me know how we get on anyway as Bentley’s Roof HQ will not be paying £14.95 to watch the game. Stringer must be licking his lips. Anybody got a dodgy box?

PREDICTED XI: Kasper; Justin, French Wes, Big Wes, Timmy C; Mendy, Tielemans, Barnes, Under, Perez; Vardy.
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