Aston Villa have had rotten luck with injuries but also can count blessings as they prepare to host Manchester City on Sunday. The goalkeeper Orjan Nyland again filled in well for the stricken Tom Heaton in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup draw at Leicester, where Tyrone Mings performed even better. Mings’s return to fitness has made Villa more solid, as has Dean Smith’s decision to modify to a back three, which has the added merit of freeing up Frédéric Guilbert to attack more down the proper . “I love it , i feel I’ve got what it takes physically to travel up and down therefore the system suits me well,” said Guilbert after scoring at Leicester. “When we press [in this system] we’re quite high, so we will cause danger very quickly once we win the ball … we’re trying to form the team more solid overall and that we hope which will help us gain as many points as possible. Every game within the Premier League is hard but our next another than most. But we’ll fight with the weapons we’ve . We’ll attend war.”

• Aston Villa v Manchester City (Sunday, 4.30pm)
Crystal Palace have conceded precisely one goal in each of their last six matches altogether competitions, which could not be as bad because the spell in October and November once they conceded precisely two goals in five successive matches (the 2-2 draw at Arsenal one among them) but remains faraway from ideal, with just one of these games ending in victory. Nevertheless, they need the division’s fourth-best defensive record (combined with the second-worst attack).

They even have something of an injury crisis, which including Luka Milivojevic’s suspension leaves them short-handed for Arsenal’s visit. The Gunners are going to be pleased to avoid the Serb midfielder, who scored – from the penalty spot – both Palace’s goals during a 2-2 draw here last season and one at the Emirates last October, a game most memorable for Granit Xhaka’s angry reaction to being substituted. In other disciplinary news, this game features two of the three teams against whom Mikel Arteta, now Arsenal’s manager, was sent off in his playing career (for Everton against Arsenal in December 2007, and for Arsenal against Palace in October 2013; the opposite was against West Brom in 2010). agen judi bola

“I’m not in medieval times” was Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s kicker to his rebuke of Robin van Persie’s accusation that he could be too nice last weekend. “We are in 2020,” he said after last Saturday’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Wolves. He was making the purpose that modern management may be a much altered beast since Sir Alex Ferguson was launching hairdryers round the Cliff training ground, but that had the unfortunate byproduct of reminding us that the past continues to be a far off country for Manchester United.