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MOTM: Pablo Zabaleta (Man City): A constant menace down the right flank. It was his penetrating runs that finally put paid to Villa's resistance and his two assists for Dzeko helped open the floodgates.
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RATINGS - MAN CITY: Hart 6, Zabaleta 9, Kompany 6, Demichelis 6, Kolarov 7, Garcia 6, Toure 8, Milner 7, Silva 7, Nasri 6, Dzeko 8. Subs: Jovetic 6, Fernandinho 6, Negredo n/a. /// ASTON VILLA: Guzan 7, Lowton 6, Vlaar 6, Clark 6, Baker 5, Bertrand 5, Westwood 5, Delph 6, El Ahmadi 5, Weimann 6, Bowery 5. Subs: Bacuna 5, Robinson 5, Grealish n/a.
90+4'
FT: City 4-0 Villa. A second-half surge blows Villa away as City move two points clear and net 100 league goals for the season.
Manchester City Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Center

90+3'
 
GOAL! It's 4-0 and 100 up for City. Toure rampages clear of the defence holding off all challengers before smashing in the fourth.
90+1'
Three minutes added.
90'
That was Jovetic's third league goal of the season.
Manchester City Yellow card

Man City

Aston Villa

89'
 
GOAL! Toure bamboozles the Villa defence before teeing up Jovetic to blast a low shot into the corner from the edge of the box. It's all over.
Manchester City Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Right

88'
Negredo senses an opening and races towards the loose ball but Guzan is out early to thwart him.
Aston Villa Substitution
88'
 
VILLA sub: Jack Grealish on for Ryan Bertrand.
87'
 
City sub: Goal-hero Dzeko denied the chance of a treble as he is replaced by Alvaro Negredo.
Manchester City Substitution
85'
A Villa corner is well defended by City. A goal for the visitors would really make those last few moments interesting!
84'
A great spell for Villa. Replays showing Weimann's header was not in.
83'
OFF THE BAR! Free kick to Villa. A rare attack... It's clipped to the far post and headed back across goal for Weimann who hits the bar! Villa claim it was over the line. Surely not?
81'
City knocking it about with ease. They need two more goals to score 100 in a league season.
80'
 
VILLA sub: Clark replaced by 19-year-old Callum Robinson.
Aston Villa Substitution
79'
So, Chelsea will be mathematically out of the title race if the result stays the same. City will be two clear of Liverpool going into the final round of matches.
78'
City fans in full voice now, but it was edgy for long periods tonight prior to Dzeko's intervention.
77'
 
CITY sub: Fernandinho on for Silva.
Manchester City Substitution
76'
No defender has more assists than Zabaleta this season. The full back now has seven.
75'
Toure steps up a sees his free kick catch the head of a defender in the wall and flash wide.
Aston Villa Yellow card

Man City

Aston Villa

74'
 
Clark booked for that foul on Jovetic.
73'
Villa all over the place now as Jovetic goes down on the edge of the box. Free kick to City in a great position for the home team.
72'
 
GOAL! It's deja vu as Zabaleta gets down the right and fizzes it across for Nasri who sees his shot saved, but Dzeko is on hand to tap home. Game over.
Manchester City Goal

Left Footed - Bottom Right

71'
City stroking it around without really threatening at present.
70'
Still nothing from Villa as an attacking force.
69'
For those interested, City last scored 100 goals in the top-flight back in 1957-58 (104 but only came fifth).
68'
STAT: Man City need three goals to score 100 in a league season for the first time since 2001-02 (scored 108 in a 46-game second tier campaign).
67'
That's Dzeko's 15th league goal of the season and what a relief that is for the City faithful. It's a completely different atmosphere out there now.
66'
As it stands City will move two points clear at the top.
65'
 
GOAL! City finally make the breakthrough. Silva cuts Villa open with a ball in behind that releases Zabaleta on the right. The defender lashes a low cross into the centre for Dzeko to coolly tuck it home!
Manchester City Goal

Right Footed - Bottom Center

64'
The rain continues to hammer down with City pushing forward at every opportunity. It's attack versus defence out there.
63'
STAT: Villa need three points from their last two Premier League games of 2013-14 to match the total they recorded last season (41).
62'
Zabaleta powers down the right once again and crosses towards Dzeko but Vlaar is their to thwart the striker.
61'
 
City sub: Milner replaced by Stevan Jovetic.
Manchester City Substitution
60'
 
VILLA Sub: Leandro Bacuna on for Bowery.
Aston Villa Substitution
59'
The home support are very nervous.
58'
Weimann with a hasty challenge on Dzeko in the left-hand corner by the Villa corner flag. Needless free kick. Can City punish them? Not on this occasion as Villa continue to put all hands to the pump.
58'
Kolarov crashes in a 30 yard free kick that Guzan does well to get across to and push to safety.
57'
Villa waiting to make a change as Kolarov steps up...
Aston Villa Yellow card

Man City

Aston Villa

56'
 
Delph booked.
55'
Free kick in Yaya territory for City as Delph takes out Silva.
54'
Milner stays onside and runs onto Zabaleta's pass but his cross from the right of the area is miscued. More frustration for that home crowd.
53'
More City pressure...Zabaleta's cross is over everyone's head but Kolarov picks it up, plays a one-two and forces Villa to panic before they manage to hack it away.
52'
The visitors clear but the header back in finds Kompany who sees his acrobatic volley saved by Guzan.
51'
City tapping on the door... Corner kick.
51'
A sudden Villa lapse at the back sees Toure's lofted pass send Dzeko racing clear but the striker can't control and the chance to rampage in on goal goes begging.
50'
Superb defending once more by Aston Villa. They may be safe but they have dug in and frustrated City so far.
49'
Toure fouled by Clark. Free kick on the right side of the area to City. It's a dangerous position.
48'
A very bright start by City as Villa find themselves under immediate pressure.
48'
First half stats.

Manchester City 0-0 Aston Villa HT: Shots (OT) 8(1) - 3(0), Possession 73% - 27%, Rating 6.42 - 6.44 #MCFCAVFC http://t.co/6gBHUbviOi

47'
PHOTO: Villa have battled manfully thus far with Matthew Lowton epitomising their spirit.
46'
KICK OFF! City restart the contest looking for the goal that would move them two points clear at the top.
45+4'
HT: City 0-0 Villa. The hosts have had a couple of chances but not done enough to truly open Villa up. As it stands City will go top on goal difference.
45+3'
No doubt a huge sigh of relief on Merseyside after that Nasri miss as the referee blows for half time.
45+2'
BIG MISS! Patient play down the right eventually sees Milner cross to the near post for Nasri, but the Frenchman spoons it wide with Silva better placed just behind him. Let off for the visitors.
45+1'
Three minutes added. You feel it's important for Villa to go in level if they are to have a chance tonight.
45'
Low ball in from Zabaleta is hacked away from Dzeko by Baker.
44'
City patiently switching the play from side to side but when they do get in down the flank the Villa defence has held firm so far.
43'
Six of Aston Villa’s last seven Premier League goals have come before half-time... but it's hard to see them continuing that trend tonight.
42'
It's pretty much everyone behind the ball for Villa as City probe late in the half. Are we going to get that opener before the break?
41'
Villa's win against Hull at the weekend was their first in seven games. They have picked up just two points from their last seven away games, and have lost the last four.
40'
Baker is back on and here come City again looking to make the breakthrough before half time.
39'
Baker takes a knock to the head off Guzan and needs some treatment.
38'
Chance for Silva... but he fluffs his lines. A cut back from Zabaleta put the Spain man in but his first touch wasn't great and his scuffed shot is easily booted away from the danger zone.
37'
Lots of frustrated faces in the home stands but even a point would move them back to the top of the table tonight with just one game left to play.
36'
Villa have grown in confidence and Weimann is their main man in attack. Some neat feet on the right side of the box offers him the chance to drill a low ball across goal but there is no-one there to take advantage.
35'
The set piece comes to nothing but a nervy pass from Milner gifts Villa the ball. This isn't how the home support were hoping it would go in the opening half an hour or so.
34'
Some heavy City pressure ends with Weimann racing away on the break. The striker is one on one with the last man but opts to shoot and sees it deflect for a corner.
33'
Calm play by Matthew Lowton as he chests a right-wing cross back to Guzan.
32'
UPDATE: Sunderland 2-0 WBA.
31'
A wonderful Villa move carves City open down the left. Weimann crosses to the far post for Bowery who can't quite hook a volley at goal.
30'
Zabaleta gets down the right but his cross is comfortably plucked out of the air by Guzan. A few murmurs of frustration creeping around the Etihad.
29'
Weimann manufactures some space on the right and finally gives Hart something to do with a low cross-shot that is easy for the England keeper.
28'
Villa get a head on it to clear their lines and mount a counter that sees them earn a throw-in just inside the City half.
27'
Great tackle by Clark denies the marauding run of Milner on the right of the area. Another corner.
26'
A promising Villa attack comes to absolutely nothing when Delph gifts a pass to Toure. That was a real shame for the visitors who look rather toothless up top.
25'
PHOTO: Battle of the dugout.
24'
This time it's Milner jinking in from the left but his attempted shot is blocked. It lifts the crowd though and inspires a chorus of 'C'mon City!'
23'
Nasri latches onto Milner's raking ball, cuts in from the left and smashes a shot over the top. City are knocking on the door.
22'
Villa try to break but they can't quite get beyond the halfway line. City pour forward with their own counter but Nasri's dinked ball over the top catches everyone out. Poor decision.
21'
Bowery is back on the field after treatment for his bloody nose as Kolarov wins a corner with an early cross that deflects behind the Villa goal.
20'
City go close again. Kolarov fizzes a devilish low ball into the six-yard box that Silva can't quite convert. It bounces off a Villa defender, away from Dzeko and into the grateful arms of Guzan.
19'
Aston Villa have taken just two points from their last seven Barclays Premier League away games (D2 L5).
18'
Play resumes with City inevitably on the attack.
17'
A bloody nose for Bowery after he was caught in an aerial challenge with Javi Garcia.
16'
Villa with just two percent possession in the City half so far. Hard to see an upset tonight, even at this early stage.
15'
Toure whips a cross into the box but it's meat and drink for Guzan.
14'
UPDATE: Sunderland 1-0 WBA. As it stands, the Black Cats would be safe and Norwich would be effectively down.
13'
STAT: Toure needs one more goal to become only the second central midfielder to score 20+ goals in a Premier League season (after Frank Lampard with 22 in 2009-10).
12'
WONDERFUL SAVE. Milner carves Villa open with a reverse pass to Zabaleta who cuts it back from the right for Toure, but the midfielder's low shot is somehow kept out by the trailing leg of Guzan.
11'
STAT: Manchester City have won 15 of their 17 home league matches this season. Their only home defeat was the 1-0 loss to Chelsea in February. The defeat to Chelsea is the only time City have failed to score in the last 67 Premier League home matches.
10'
The pattern of the game has settled with City dictating the play and probing for the opener. Villa look less than secure at the back.
9'
Guzan goes up for it and fumbles... however, the referee hands him a get out of jail free card by awarding a foul by Kompany. Didn't look much in it.
8'
City break down the left again and Ron Vlaar is forced to come across and nip the ball away from Dzeko. Corner ball.
7'
Aguero watching on from the tunnel area. He cuts a frustrated figure. It's been an injury-plagued campaign for him.
6'
STAT: City have scored at least four goals in each of their last three league home matches against Aston Villa.
5'
Early opening for City as Kolarov motors into the area on the left and sizzles in a low cross-shot that Guzan is forced to beat away. Perhaps a cutback would have been a better option there with Dzeko lurking.
4'
Villa attempt to break in the shape of Andreas Weimann but Vincent Kompany gets across to knock it back to Joe Hart.
3'
The rain is hammering down as City enjoy some early possession. Silva goes down on the left edge of the area after a clumsy challenge by Westwood, but referee Michael Oliver is having none of it.
2'
STAT: Man City’s total of 57 home goals in the Premier League is 18 more than the Villans have in total (39).
1'
KICK OFF! Villa get us underway.
19.40
STAT: City have recorded more Premier League wins (18) against Villa than against any other team, but a note of caution for the hosts; Villa are gunning for an unlikely double after coming from behind to win the reverse fixture 3-2 in September.
19.35
QUICK NATTER: Kolarov is in for Clichy tonight and he was happy to offer his pre-match thoughts to City's club media.
19.30
STATS: Villa have won their last three league matches on a Wednesday. However.... Manchester City have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League (Lost one, but won six on the spin).
19.25
Elsewhere tonight, Sunderland host West Brom with the Black Cats aiming to complete their 'miracle' recovery having previously looked doomed to the drop. A draw would effectively relegate Norwich who would need results to go their way and an amazing swing in goal difference on the final day to somehow survive.
LIVE BUILD UP: Sunderland vs West Bromwich Albion

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19.20
Paul Lambert: "We're not going there just to make up the numbers, we're going there to try to win. You have to run a lot and run without the ball. We're going to have to work really hard without the ball but you also know you've got to try to win the game and that's what we're going to try and do. We'll go there now in a lot better place than we were before the Hull game."
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Boss Paul Lambert checking out the playing surface at the Etihad Stadium pre-match. #AVFCLIVE #MCFC http://t.co/DK0gYS9Zqd

19.18
Manuel Pellegrini: "We prepare exactly the same as we prepare for all the games during the year. We know the next game is the most important game. We are not going to win the Premier League if we win this one. We must get a win and then we will see what happens on Sunday. All the teams are under pressure but if we play at home as we did so far, I hope we can win the game. I really don't know what Brendan (Rodgers) said. I only know we have two games and we have to win the game against Villa."
19.15
Villa have arrived and are hoping to pull off a surprise victory which would create another twist in the title race.

The Villa team make their way out to a rain-sodden Etihad Stadium to commence warm-ups. #cityvvilla https://t.co/uuuPlIe9yW

19.10
HOPE FOR LIVERPOOL? Only Chelsea (16 points) have a better record than Aston Villa (10 points) against the current top four in the Premier League this season (W3, D1).
19.05
Today's match odds... The bookies rarely get it wrong when they back a team so strongly. Not great reading for Villa, or indeed, Liverpool fans: Man City 1/6, Draw 9/1, Aston Villa 45/2
19.00
No Aguero for City, but the recent stats suggest they will be okay without him.

9 - Manchester City have scored a total of nine goals in the last two PL home games in which Sergio Aguero has played no part. Coping.

18.55
Two changes for City with David Silva returning in place of the injured Sergio Aguero and Aleksandar Kolarov replacing Gael Clichy at left back. Yaya Toure is fit to start after being substituted as a precaution at Everton. As for Villa, they too make a couple of changes. Jordan Bowery takes the place of the injured Gabby Agbonlahor while Karim El Ahmadi is in for Marc Albrighton.
18.50
TEAMS - MAN CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Garcia, Toure, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko... Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Richards, Clichy, Fernandinho, Negredo, Jovetic. /// ASTON VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann, Bowery... Subs: Steer, Bacuna, Sylla, Holt, Robinson, Grealish, Tonev.
18.45
Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Manchester City versus Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium. Manuel Pellegrini's side can go two points clear at the top with a victory. A draw would move them level with Liverpool but their superior goal difference would mean they would only really need to better or match the Reds' result on the last day to be crowned champions. A shock defeat would hand the initiative back to Brendan Rodgers' men.

Starting Line-ups

Manchester City
Aston Villa
    • 1
      Hart
    • 11
      Kolarov
    • 26
      Demichelis
    • 4
      Kompany
    • 5
      Zabaleta
    • 42
      Yaya Touré
    • Javi García
    • 8
      Nasri
    • 21
      Silva
    • Milner
    • 10
      Dzeko
Team Manager:  Manuel Pellegrini
    • Weimann
    • Bowery
    • El Ahmadi
    • 15
      Westwood
    • Delph
    • Lowton
    • 4
      Vlaar
    • 2
      Baker
    • 6
      Clark
    • Bertrand
    • 1
      Guzan
Team Manager:  Tim Sherwood
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. HartDFP
0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
M. DemichelisDFP
0 0 0 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
V. KompanyDFP
0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
P. ZabaletaDFP
0 1 0 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
A. KolarovDFP
0 1 2 0 5 0 1 2 0 0 0 90
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. NasriDFP
0 0 1 94 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 90
Javi GarcíaDFP
0 0 0 69 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 90
Yaya TouréDFP
1 1 1 120 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
D. SilvaDFP
0 0 0 70 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 76
J. MilnerDFP
0 0 0 32 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 60
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
E. DzekoDFP
2 0 2 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 86
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
B. GuzanDFP
0 5 4 9 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
N. BakerDFP
0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
R. VlaarDFP
0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 90
M. LowtonDFP
0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
R. BertrandDFP
0 0 0 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 88
C. ClarkDFP
0 0 0 3 10 0 2 0 1 0 0 79
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
K. El AhmadiDFP
0 0 0 24 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
A. WestwoodDFP
0 0 0 25 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 90
F. DelphDFP
0 0 0 34 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 90
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
A. WeimannDFP
0 0 0 17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
J. BoweryDFP
0 0 0 17 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 59
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