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Aston Villa v Manchester City Live Commentary, 12/1/21

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O. Watkins (47)
Rúben Dias (27)
Bernardo Silva (43)
Villa Park


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City have now won six games on the spin in all competitions, and that is some achievement, especially with Kevin De Bruyne, Foden, Gundogan all playing no part this evening. They face Watford away from home at the weekend while Villa host Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester City continue their fine run of form as they hand Gerrard his first defeat since taking charge at Villa Park. The Citizens were two goals to the good at half-time, with Dias opening the scoring with a curling effort. Silva's exquisite volley then doubled City's lead as he converted Jesus' looping cross at the far post. To their credit, Villa came flying out of the blocks in the second 45 minutes, scoring inside the first two minutes, but they failed to beat Ederson for a second time. Substitute Chukwuemeka came closest, but the youngster saw his left-footed strike saved by Ederson in the 74th minute.
90' + 2' So far, so good from City during stoppage time. Villa have barely touched the ball in the opposition half, and time is running out.
90' Four minutes of stoppage time to come at Villa Park!
89' SAVE! City try to wrap up the game from a free-kick, but Mahrez's curling effort is too close to Martinez, and he keeps the champions at bay on this occasion.
J. Grealish
Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City
87' Guardiola gives Grealish around five minutes to impress or rub salt into his former club's wounds.
84' Grealish has been told to get ready, with Villa's fans booing him as he prepares himself for battle.
83' City's bench is full of youngsters, barring Foden and Grealish, who are not exactly veterans themselves. Guardiola has yet to add any fresh legs into his midfield, but Grealish is warming up near the corner flag.
80' There might be just one goal in this game, but Villa are not doing enough to grab an equaliser. Gerrard's side are struggling to get the ball back from City, and they need to lift the tempo if they want to make life tricky for the defending champions.
M. Sanson
M. Nakamba
Aston Villa
77' Gerrard freshens up his midfield as Nakamba makes way for Sanson.
74' WHAT A SAVE! Nearly every member of Manchester City's team rushes to thank Ederson as he keeps them in the lead with a brilliant save. Chukwuemeka raced onto a throughball before aiming for the bottom corner, but Ederson got down in the knick of time to deny him.
72' CHANCE! City should be two clear, but Jesus has clearly left his shooting boots at home. The Brazilian did so well at first to bring Mahrez's cross under control before blazing his shot over the bar from the penalty spot. Could City be made to rue that miss?
70' Watkins has scored five goals in just three Premier League games against the reigning champions, netting in each of those matches.
68' There's been a big goal elsewhere in the Premier League, with Chelsea now leading at Vicarage Road against Watford. So, that means City will remain second if things stay the same.
C. Chukwuemeka
M. Targett
Aston Villa
67' Targett looks a little groggy as he leaves the field. Gerrard turns to Chukwuemeka for the final 23 minutes of the match.
63' The game comes to a halt as Targett goes down and he will need treatment.
60' VAR rules with the referee, although Villa were awarded a corner after Konsa's effort was turned behind. Still, it meant very little as Gerrard's men wasted the set-piece.
58' CLOSE!!!! Villa believe they have a real shout for a penalty as Watkins' header is turned around the post by Konsa. The Villa centre-back claims Ake clipped him before he touched the ball, and VAR will take a look at the incident.
57' SAVE! Jesus tries his luck for a second time, but his curling shot is saved well by Martinez. That is more like it from City; they've upped the tempo, and Villa are struggling to contain them.
56' City win another corner as Jesus' volley is deflected wide at the last second.
55' CLEARANCE! Konsa does enough to clear Silva's low cross for a corner, but for a moment, it looked like he would bundle the ball into his own net.
54' Villa's goal seems to have woken Manchester City up, and they have stepped it up a notch. Guardiola's bench is full of youngsters, so the players currently on the pitch will be expected to get the job done tonight
52' Silva now has four goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for Manchester City - as many as in his previous 55 in the competition.
49' What a fine start to the second half from Villa. Big test of their character this!
Douglas Luiz
Aston Villa
47' Douglas Luiz delivered the goods on that occasion for Villa with a simple ball towards the near post.
O. Watkins
Aston Villa
47' GOAAAALLLL - ASTON VILLA 1-2 MANCHESTER CITY - Watkins gives Villa hope as he steers his shot into the bottom corner past Ederson. The Villa striker broke free from his marker at the near post, and he drove Douglas Luiz's corner into the back of the net. GAME ON!
47' Just like City did in the first half, Villa win a corner inside the first minute of the second.
46' We are back underway at Villa Park, with neither side turning to their bench at the interval.
Gerrard has looked pretty helpless out on the touchline so far, and while Villa still have time to draw level, they need an incredible change in fortunes to do so. City have breezed through the first 45 minutes, and Ederson has yet to make a meaningful save.
Manchester City deservedly lead at the break thanks to goals from Dias and Silva. Martinez will feel like he should have done more for the first strike, but Dias' curling effort was enough to open the scoring. City's dominance did wain, but they found time for a second before half-time. A deadly counter-attack put them two in front, with Silva's sensational volley leaving Martinez helpless in the Villa goal.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time to come...
Gabriel Jesus
Manchester City
43' Just like Sterling did for the first goal, Jesus has played a brilliant pass into his team-mates' path, making life much easier for him. Having said that, Silva deserves tremendous credit for the technique for the second goal.
Bernardo Silva
Manchester City
43' OOOO MYYY WORRRDDDDD - ASTON VILLA 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY - Bernardo Silva that is outrageous. Guardiola's men managed to snatch the ball back on the edge of their own box before then charging down the right wing on the counter-attack. Jesus broke free, and Villa's defence were at sixes and sevens, allowing Silva to break free at the far post. Jesus' floating pass picked him out, and Silva did the rest as he smashed his volley past Martinez.
41' As it stands, City are going to the top of the table tonight because Chelsea are currently drawing 1-1 with Watford.
39' City are enjoying themselves, particularly at the back, and their fans are cheering every successful pass.
36' Sigh of relief around Villa Park as Gerrard's side clear the cross and it remains 0-1.
35' Villa concede a corner after trying to be clever inside their own penalty box. Martinez and Mings were not on the same page, and Gerrard will be fuming if they concede from this set-piece.
33' Aston Villa have won both of their Premier League games under Gerrard so far – in the club’s history; no manager has won either their first three top-flight games or first three matches in all competitions in charge of the Villans.
A. Young
L. Bailey
Aston Villa
31' Bailey's night is over already, with Young now on in his place.
29' Aston Villa have an injury to worry about here as Bailey has gone down with a leg injury, with the physios now tending to him on the pitch.
R. Sterling
Manchester City
27' Sterling was unselfish and showed great vision to pick out Dias, and the centre-back was quick to thank the midfielder once he had calmed down.
Rúben Dias
Manchester City
27' GOAAALLLLL - ASTON VILLA 0-1 MAN CITY - Dias fires City into the lead, and it is no less than the away side deserves. Sterling's pass was perfectly timed for Dias, who ran onto the ball and whipped a left-footed shot into the bottom corner. Dias does not score many, so he has every right to celebrate that strike!
25' The home fans are bang up for tonight's encounter, and everything positive that Villa do is being cheered. City do not look fazed by the occasion, but it has been an entertaining 25 minutes so far.
21' Villa's defence should count themselves lucky after switching off, allowing Zinchenko to make his way to the edge of their box. The Ukraine international nearly punished them, but his powerful drive was saved by Martinez.
18' Even though they are missing several of their first-team stars, City have made a solid start to this Premier League clash. They are dominating possession and playing a free-flowing game.
15' Gerrard's side seems happy to take risks on the edge of their own box, but they are getting away with it so far.
12' BLOCK! Villa launch their first counter-attack, with Watkins at the heart of it. The former Brentford frontman played a one-two with Buendia in the box before squaring his pass to Bailey. The winger tried to squeeze his shot into the bottom corner, but City's defence got to him at the pivotal moment, and he saw his attempt blocked.
10' Watkins has got a big job tonight; he needs to try and hold up whatever possession he gets and bring his team-mates into the game. He's barely had a kick so far, but it is vital he keeps hold of the ball when he does.
9' Thankfully for Villa and their fans, City's hold on the game is not as strong as it was, but Gerrard's men are yet to get their foot on the ball.
5' If the first five minutes are anything to go by, then Villa are in for a long night. They have barely got out of their own box!
4' SAVE! Martinez is called into action to deny Rodri. The City midfielder thought he had done enough to score, but his powerful shot was tipped over the bar by Martinez's left hand.
3' WIDE! Nothing came of the corner, but City kept hold of the ball, and Jesus eventually found space to shoot on the edge of the box. The Brazilian was given far too much time, but he failed to make Villa pay after curling his effort over the crossbar.
2' Guardiola's side have made a flying start to proceedings, winning a corner inside two minutes.
1' We are underway at Villa Park!
The two teams are making their way out onto the field of play, and kick-off is moments away!
Aston Villa have lost 12 of their last 14 Premier League meetings with Manchester City, conceding 39 goals against the Citizens in these games.
Gerrard makes two changes to the team that beat the Eagles, with Luiz and Buendia replacing Young and Ramsey. Pep Guardiola makes three alterations to his starting XI, with Ake, Zinchenko and Fernandinho replacing Aymeric Laporte, Walker and Ilkay Gundogan.
SUBS: Luke Mbete, Jack Grealish, Scott Carson, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Zack Steffen, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia, James McAtee.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Rodrigo, Bernardo Silva; Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling.
SUBS: Ashley Young, Carney Chukwuemeka, Jacob Ramsey, Anwar El Ghazi, Axel Tuanzebe, Keinan Davis, Jed Steer, Kortney Hause, Morgan Sanson.
ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Emiliano Martinez; Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett; John McGinn, Marvelous Nakamba, Douglas Luiz; Emiliano Buendia, Ollie Watkins, Leon Bailey.
The Citizens will hope to put the pressure on league-leaders Chelsea tonight, while Villa can move into the top half of the table with a victory, as long as results go their way.
Tonight's hosts beat Crystal Palace 2-1 away from home at the weekend while Manchester City battled past West Ham in the snow via the same scoreline.
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League encounter between Aston Villa and Manchester City from Villa Park. Steven Gerrard has enjoyed a perfect start to life in the Midlands after two wins from two, but his team will need to be at their best to overcome the defending champions.