By Gabriel Agbonlahor

1st Dec, 2021 | 7:00am

Young starts as £33m man benched in Aston Villa predicted XI v Man City - Agbonlahor

Gabby Agbonlahor has tipped Aston Villa to name an unchanged starting XI against Man City on Wednesday evening (1 December).

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer claimed Gerrard will remain loyal to the players who showed “guts and determination” in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

He made two changes at Selhurst Park as Ashely Young and Leon Bailey replaced Emiliano Buendia and Danny Ings in the side.

Buendia, 25, became Villa’s record signing over the summer after his £33million move from Norwich City but has so far failed to find consistent form.

Birmingham Live report Villa came through the game against Palace unscathed as Ings, Bertrand Traore and Trezeguet remain unavailable.

“They showed guts and determination against Crystal Palace and they played some good football, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“When a manager like Steven Gerrard you’re going to have that bounce. This is Gerrard, what a player he was, one of the best to play in the Premier League and he has done a great job as a manager at Rangers. As a player you’re going to give 200 per cent and that’s what you have seen in the games.

“You will see that against Man City. He has had a different plan for each of the two games.

“This is a very tough game, I don’t know how you stop Man City. I don’t want to say it’s a free game because Gerrard won’t see any game as a free game.

“They’ve got so much quality. These players are going to be so tough to get past.

“I’m sure Gerrard will have a plan to stop Man City. He knows his team has got to be brave.

“So far Villa fans are buzzing with how the team has been playing.

“Gerrard will be fair, if you play well you will keep your place. It wouldn’t surprise me if it is exactly the same team that he did against Crystal Palace.”

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