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Aston Villa will hope to earn a positive result when Manchester City visits Villa Park on Saturday.
Villa have been reasonable so far this season gathering six points while also being one of only four teams in the top flight yet to be involved in a draw.
Aston Villa have lost three of their last four games in the Premier League, but defender Leandro Bacuna is confident the squad's other strikers will do well in Christian Benteke's absence.
"Of course he's a big player for the team, but we have other strikers also here as well," Bacuna told reporters during a press conference. "I think the other strikers will do well so we do not depend on Christian. He's really important, so we'll miss him but we'll just keep going and show ourselves."
"The Premier League is a higher tempo and more quality," he added. "You need to step up to the game. In the beginning I had to get used to it. I came here because of the strength and quality of the league and to show that I am a good player. I feel good and for me it was a good choice to come here."
Manuel Pellegrini's Man City have gotten off to a fast start this season, most notably against rivals Manchester United after beating the reigning champions 4-1 on Sunday in which Yaya Toure was an integral part.
"He is a very important player for the team," said Pellegrini of his goal-scoring midfielder. "I don't know what happened last year but all the players are playing with trust and a goal always give them trust. I think it is very important."
"We are always practicing. Yaya stays normally, kicking the ball after we finish the daily work. He is really in a good moment of form also, although it is not normal for someone always to be scoring free-kicks."
Kick-off for the match is at 10:00 a.m. ET and can be watched online here.