Gerard Houllier is hoping to banish memories of what he has called ‘the worst moment’ in his career with an FA Cup victory over Manchester City this evening.
Villa and City have met twice already this season and when the sides clashed at Eastlands in December Gerard Houllier‘s men were thumped 4-0 in a game the Frenchman has described as an all time career low.
USA international Michael Bradley looks set to make his first start for the club whilst midfielder Barry Bannan has also been rewarded with a place next to him in central midfield after his exceptional performance in a Villa shirt in the previous round’s 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.
Meanwhile opponents City look to set field a mixed team themselves with after injuries to Vincent Kompany, Nigel de Jong and Adam Johnson and important upcoming ties in the Premier League and Europe.
The winner of tonight’s match-up will face a home clash against Reading on the 13th March in the next round after the Royals were shock 1-0 victors against Everton yesterday thanks to a single goal from captain Matt Mills.