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Wed, 21 Apr 2021 20:00:00 +0100

Manchester City move closer to becoming Premier League champions as they beat Aston Villa in a match where both sides end with 10 men

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Man City beat Villa to move closer to title

Only Kevin De Bruyne (24) has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions for Manchester City this season than Phil Foden (23 – 14 goals, nine assists)

Manchester City moved closer to becoming Premier League champions after they beat Aston Villa in a match where both sides ended with 10 men.

City, playing for the first time since they signed up to the European Super League and then withdrew from the competition, had centre-half John Stones sent off just before the break for a knee-high challenge on Jacob Ramsey.

However, Villa wasted the man advantage when Matty Cash was dismissed 11 minutes into the second half following two bookings in the space of three minutes.

Villa went ahead after only 20 seconds as John McGinn guided a shot past Ederson following Ollie Watkins' low cross.

The impressive Phil Foden finished off a fine City team move to equalise before Rodri headed the visitors in front following Bernardo Silva's cross.

City led 2-1 when they went down to 10 men, but Villa could not capitalise on the extra player and then offered little threat when it was 10-a-side.

Pep Guardiola's team are 11 points clear of Manchester United and need eight points from their final five matches to become English champions for the third time in four seasons.

Stones will be suspended for Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley as City, who are also in the Champions League semi-finals, aim to pick up the first of a potential three trophies this season.

A bad day for Stones, but his red does not cost City

Stones has been in fine form this season, making more Premier League appearances than he managed in 2019-20, with his performances earning an England recall after 16 months out of the national side.

However, with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in the stands, it was an evening to forget for the 26-year-old.

He was caught out in the first few seconds of the match when he failed to collect a long ball from England team-mate Tyrone Mings, enabling Watkins to set up McGinn for the joint quickest Premier League goal of the season.

Stones was then shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Ramsey near the halfway line and in front of the two dugouts.

After a check by the video assistant referee Jarred Gillett, on-field referee Peter Banks watched the incident on a pitchside monitor and showed the red card to Stones, although Guardiola was unhappy with the decision and remonstrated with the officials.

With a man advantage, Villa's Douglas Luiz curled a 25-yard effort straight at Ederson but the match swung back in City's favour following two Cash challenges on Foden, the second of which was a sliding challenge that wiped out the England midfielder close to the touchline.

From then on City were able to dominate possession and now only need three more league wins to become English champions for the seventh time in their history.

A bad day for Stones, but his red does not cost City

Stones has been in fine form this season, making more Premier League appearances than he managed in 2019-20, with his performances earning an England recall after 16 months out of the national side.

However, with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in the stands, it was an evening to forget for the 26-year-old.

He was caught out in the first few seconds of the match when he failed to collect a long ball from England team-mate Tyrone Mings and that enabled Ollie Watkins to set up McGinn, for the joint quickest Premier League goal of the season.

But Stones was then shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Ramsey near the halfway line and in front of the two dugouts.

After a check by the video assistant referee Jarred Gillett, on-field referee Peter Banks watched the incident on a pitchside monitor and showed the red card to Stones.

With a man advantage, Douglas Luiz had a 25-yard curled effort straight at Ederson but the match swung back in City's favour following two Cash challenges on Foden, the second of which was a sliding challenge that wiped out the England midfielder close to the touchline.

From then on City were able to dominate possession and now only need three more league wins to become English champions for the seventh time in their history.

Foden shines as football returns to normal

The build-up to the match at Villa Park had been dominated by talk of the European Super League.

City were one of six English teams – along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham – to join three sides from Spain and three from Italy in the proposed new closed competition, which would have featured no promotion or relegation.

However, Sunday's announcement, brought widespread criticism and anger from fans, managers, other clubs and politicians, with Guardiola himself saying football “is not a sport if success is guaranteed or if it doesn't matter when you lose”.

City were one of the first to announce their withdrawal from the ESL on Tuesday evening and there was no repeat of the protests that had seen angry fans demonstrating before Liverpool's match at Leeds on Monday, Chelsea's home game versus Brighton on Tuesday and Tottenham's encounter with Southampton earlier on Wednesday.

This was a game that again highlighted the exciting and thrilling nature of the Premier League and City's play after going a goal behind was a joy to watch.

Their equaliser started with goalkeeper Ederson knocking a fine 50-yard ball to the left wing where Olexandr Zinchenko played it to the superb Foden. The 20-year-old drilled a low pass to Riyad Mahrez and the Algerian released the overlapping Silva on the right flank and his pull-back was steered into the net by Foden.

The second goal was another well-worked one as Rodri powerfully headed in from another Silva assist.

Not only have City scored the most goals in the Premier League, they also have the best defensive record and successfully managed to stifle Villa in the second half to take a big step towards another title.

What's next?

City play Tottenham at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday (16:30 BST), before Villa take on West Brom in a Premier League match later that day (19:00).

More to follow.

Formation 4-1-4-1

2Cash4Konsa5Mings18Targett
15Traoré7McGinn6Douglas Luiz41Ramsey
  • 26Martínez
  • 2CashBooked at 57mins
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 19NakambaSubstituted forBarkleyat 63'minutes
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 75'minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 41RamseySubstituted forDavisat 45'minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 20Barkley
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 22Engels
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30Hause
  • 39Davis
  • 60Chukwuemeka

Formation 4-3-3

2Walker5Stones3Rúben Dias11Zinchenko
20Bernardo Silva16Rodri8Gündogan
26Mahrez9Gabriel Jesus47Foden
  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5StonesBooked at 44mins
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 8GündoganBooked at 44mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forFernandinhoat 90'minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forLaporteat 45'minutes
  • 47Foden

Substitutes

  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 27Cancelo
  • 50García
  1. Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester City 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Manchester City 2.

  3. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Matt Targett.

  4. Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Riyad Mahrez.

  5. Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

  6. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa).

  8. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

  9. Rodrigo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Keinan Davis (Aston Villa).

  11. Hand ball by John McGinn (Aston Villa).

  12. Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Aston Villa).

  14. Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  15. Substitution, Aston Villa. Anwar El Ghazi replaces Bertrand Traoré.

  16. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).

  18. Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

  19. Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).

  20. Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Aston Villa vs Man City

Wed, 21 Apr 2021 20:00:00 +0100

Latest Aston Villa news from BirminghamLive brings a prediction from former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen for the game against Man 

Michael Owen makes ‘ruthless’ Aston Villa vs Man City prediction

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has predicted Aston Villa's Premier League game against Manchester City at Villa Park on Wednesday night (8.15pm.)

Dean Smith 's side welcome Pep Guardiola's champions-elect after a week-and-a-half off following a last-gap 2-1 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month.

City, meanwhile, were proven to be fallible at the weekend when they were beaten in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, losing to Chelsea.

Guardiola's men have only lost five times in all competitions this season, opening up an eight-point gap to Manchester United in second place with 18 left to play for.

Villa, meanwhile, will be hurting from Trent Alexander-Arnold's late winner at Anfield and will be hoping to close out the season with a good run of form having won just twice since a February 6 defeat of Arsenal.

Owen doesn't hold out much hope for Villa against City, but he doesn't anticipate a heavy win for the Etihad Stadium side.

Predicting a 1-0 victory for City, he wrote in his column for BetVictor: “The elusive quadruple may be out of sight for City; however, a win against Villa would set them up perfectly ahead of this weekend’s Carabao Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur.

“The Villans come into this having won only one of their last six league matches and interestingly, City have followed up every defeat with a win this season.

“City have been ruthless in their pursuit of Premier League glory, so I expect them to be as professional as ever at Villa Park. It’s a narrow win for the visitors for me.”

Speaking about his side's game against City, Villa head coach Smith said that he was wary of a backlash from Guardiola's side.

“The fact they got beaten by Chelsea which stopped the history-making quadruple means they will be smarting,” Smith said. “Pep will be, he is a winner and he will want to win this game against us and then go with a winning mentality into the Carabao Cup final.

“We have to match them in leg work, we have to work extremely hard, they are very good with or without the football.

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That's all it takes, so why are you waiting?

“I went to the semi final and I thought Chelsea were excellent against them. They restricted them to a few chances and if you can do that then, with the ball, you can get chances against them, it's hard but we've seen it.

“All teams have some kind of weakness, it's up to you to find them. We have a belief in what we do and hopefully we can go and play a good competitive game against what I believe is one of the best teams in Europe, if not the world.”

– April 21, 2021
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