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Manchester City vs Aston Villa

Competition – Barclays Premier League

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Date: 3rd April 2024

Kick-off time – 20:15 GMT

Manchester City will look to return to winning ways this Wednesday when they welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad.

The Cityzens missed the chance to narrow the gap at the top of the Premier League table as they were held to a goalless draw with Arsenal last weekend. Although the result stretched their unbeaten run across all competitions to 23 games (W19, D4), they are now three points behind leaders Liverpool.

Now they face the only side apart from Arsenal to beat them and stop them from scoring this season, looking to draw level with Jürgen Klopp’s side who play a day later. Pep Guardiola’s side can expect to bounce back here as Sunday’s draw was the first time the Cityzens failed to score at home since March 2022 against Sporting Lisbon (D 0-0).

They have scored against Villa in every home game since 2008 and will fancy their chances of avenging December’s 1-0 defeat to Unai Emery’s side. They have also won each of the last eight H2Hs here, averaging 3.38 goals per game so the odds are stacked in their favour.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa will look to record a league double over Man City for the first time in the Premier League era while maintaining their pursuit of a fourth-place finish this season when they travel to the Etihad on Wednesday.

The visitors maintained their three-point lead over Tottenham in the race for fourth place with a routine 2-0 win over Wolves on Saturday. That win ended Emery’s men’s run of two games without a win, yet the pressure is on as they must still play each of the top three sides this season.

To get to the finishing line with a positive result, they must continue on their trajectory of being defensively solid away from home. The visitors have yet to lose a competitive away game this calendar year (W4, D4), with four of those games accompanied by a clean sheet (W1, D3).

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Premier League Fixtures:

April 20, 2024
Luton Town 15:00 Brentford
Sheffield United 15:00 Burnley
Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:30 Arsenal
April 21, 2024
Everton 13:30 Nottingham Forest
Aston Villa 15:00 AFC Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 15:00 West Ham United
Fulham 16:30 Liverpool
April 23, 2024
Arsenal 20:00 Chelsea
April 24, 2024
Wolverhampton Wanderers 19:45 AFC Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 20:00 Newcastle United
Everton 20:00 Liverpool
Manchester United 20:00 Sheffield United
April 25, 2024
Brighton & Hov… 20:00 Manchester City
April 27, 2024
West Ham United 12:30 Liverpool
Fulham 15:00 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 15:00 Burnley
Newcastle United 15:00 Sheffield United
Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Luton Town
Everton 17:30 Brentford
Aston Villa 20:00 Chelsea

Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Manchester City 32 22 7 3 76 32 +44 73
2 Arsenal 32 22 5 5 75 26 +49 71
3 Liverpool 32 21 8 3 72 31 +41 71
4 Aston Villa 33 19 6 8 68 49 +19 63
5 Tottenham Hotspur 32 18 6 8 65 49 +16 60
6 Newcastle United 32 15 5 12 69 52 +17 50
7 Manchester United 32 15 5 12 47 48 -1 50
8 West Ham United 33 13 9 11 52 58 -6 48
9 Chelsea 31 13 8 10 61 52 +9 47
10 Brighton & Hov… 32 11 11 10 52 50 +2 44
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 12 7 13 46 51 -5 43
12 Fulham 33 12 6 15 49 51 -2 42
13 AFC Bournemouth 32 11 9 12 47 57 -10 42
14 Crystal Palace 32 8 9 15 37 54 -17 33
15 Brentford 33 8 8 17 47 58 -11 32
16 Everton 32 9 8 15 32 48 -16 27
17 Nottingham Forest 33 7 9 17 42 58 -16 26
18 Luton Town 33 6 7 20 46 70 -24 25
19 Burnley 33 4 8 21 33 68 -35 20
20 Sheffield United 32 3 7 22 30 84 -54 16

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