Aston Villa will draw comfort from an improved defensive record and an impressive FA Cup goalscoring record when they host Manchester City in their fourth-round tie at Villa Park on Saturday.
Gabriel Agbonlahor could return for Aston Villa after finally shrugging off a back injury.
The forward has played just one minute under boss Remi Garde, who was appointed in November, and had been linked with a move away from the club, although he is expected to stay.
Garde remains without Alan Hutton and Carlos Sanchez (both hamstring) with Adama Traore out for at least another month with a broken foot while Jordan Amavi is out for the season with a knee injury. Charles N’Zogbia is fit but is not part of Garde’s current plans.
Manchester City are without midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for their FA Cup fourth-round trip to Aston Villa.
The Belgium international suffered ankle and knee ligament damage in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final win over Everton and is expected to be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks.
Captain Vincent Kompany (calf), centre-back Eliaquim Mangala (hamstring) and left-back Aleksandar Kolarov (calf) are still out but could be back in training next week, with striker Wilfried Bony (calf) returning in a fortnight.
Playmaker Samir Nasri (thigh) is out long term. Willy Caballero will continue in goal.
Manchester City have progressed past Aston Villa in the last three meetings in the cup, including a 3-0 fifth round win en route to winning the trophy in 2011.
Aston Villa have won three of their last four FA Cup games against fellow Premier League sides, all en route to the final last season.
The Villans have scored in each of their last 12 home games in the FA Cup, scoring two or more on 10 occasions.
The last time the Citizens lost against a team from the same division in the FA Cup was in 2013 when they were defeated 1-0 in the final by Wigan Athletic.
Aston Villa have won more cup matches (3) than league games (2) so far in 2015-16.
The Villans have conceded just one goal in their last four competitive matches.
Man City have won only two of their last nine competitive away matches (W2 D3 L4).