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Balotelli in line for starting spot against Villarreal

Roberto Mancini is expected to start with Mario Balotelli for his side's Champions League group game at Villarreal, on Wednesday evening.

The controversial Italian scored two goals in the Manchester derby and Mancini is said to have been impressed by Balotelli's improved attitude around the club.

The club sit third in Group A, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich and two behind Napoli.

The Spaniards are propping up the table with zero points after three straight losses, but City need to win if they are to have any chance of progressing to the next stage of the competition.

By Natasha Henry


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