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McLeish wary of City's 'frightening' form

ASTON Villa boss Alex McLeish admits Manchester City's early season form has been "frightening" - but insists there will be no fear factor when his side travel to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow.

McLeish has led Villa to an unbeaten Premier League start and top scorer Gabriel Agbonlahor is set to boost the visitors by recovering from a back injury. McLeish said: "City have had some quite frightening results. That can be intimidating but we have started brightly and steadied the ship."

Tim Cahill believes Everton are ready to bounce back from two consecutive defeats as they bid to continue their recent good record against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Cahill said: "When we are up against it we always seem to shine."

New boys Norwich and Swansea clash at Carrow Road and Canaries defender Russell Martin believes the two sides share a bond.

Martin said: "Obviously we know them well from last year, so there's a little bit of rivalry there."

QPR boss Neil Warnock admits his side need to return to the transfer market in January as his side seek to heap more misery on Blackburn boss Steve Kean at Loftus Road.

Rangers were thumped 6-0 by Fulham last time out and despite a busy buying spell in August Warnock said: "I think we've just got to get on until January and then try (to improve the squad)."

Martin Jol's Fulham travel to Stoke and Jol insists he is unconcerned at the appointment of Martin Atkinson to referee the game after the controversy of the Merseyside derby.

Jol said: "I think he is a good referee. A mistake is a mistake but you have to control yourself."

Bolton boss Owen Coyle leads his side into a Lancashire derby against Bolton at the DW Stadium insisting his side's torrid start could soon be a thing of the past. Coyle said: "We know we can perform better and that has to be the focus."