Liga Santander

Aston Villa-Manchester City Preview

Dean Smith is confident Aston Villa will play with the same confidence they have all season against Manchester City despite a coronavirus-enforced lay-off.

Villa are playing on Wednesday for the first time in the Premier League since New Year's Day due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the first-team squad, with their only fixture in the intervening period an FA Cup defeat to Liverpool in which they were represented by an academy side.

Smith's men are eager to get going again, however, with games to make up on the rest of the division as they push for European qualification.