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Edin Dzeko - Yaya Toure
Edin Dzeko powered Manchester City to beat Everton at Goodison Park.Reuters

Manchester City and Aston Villa battle it out in the midweek Premier League fixture at the Etihad, in what is their penultimate match of this season on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.


City come into this game with their morale pumped up and having the chance to go on top of the table before the final day of the season. They defeated Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park last Saturday to go top on goal difference prior to Liverpool's 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace last Monday.

Ross Barkley put the Merseyside club into the lead with a stunning long range effort. But Sergio Aguero equalised and the Citizens went into lead before half-time courtesy of Edin Dzeko's header.

The Bosnian international then added another early in the second-half to make it 3-1. Romelu Lukaku then made it 3-2 and despite the pressure from Roberto Martinez's men, City held on to secure all three points.

Manuel Pellegrini's men are currently second in the league table with 80 points after playing 36 matches. They can go two points clear on top of the table if they beat Aston Villa on Wednesday, thus going one step closer to the title.

Meanwhile, the Villans managed to snap their six-match winless run after beating Hull City at Villa Park on Saturday.

Andreas Weimann
Andreas Weimann scored the winner in the corresponding fixture against Manchester City earlier this season.Reuters

Ashley Westwood scored in the very first minute to the delight of the home crowd but Jordan Bowery's own goal restored parity for the Tigers. Andreas Weimann then netted a brace before half-time to make it 3-1 as Paul Lambert's men held on to secure their first victory at home since 15 March.

The victory guaranteed their safety in top-flight as they currently sit 14th in the table with 38 points having played 38 matches.

Liverpool's 3-3 draw against Palace at Selhurst Park has handed the advantage to City. They look poised to clinch the title for the second time in three years and Pellegrini will be hoping to avoid a defeat against the Birmingham based outfit.

What Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "We have to win the game against Aston Villa; then at the end of the week, we will see which team has more points. We will prepare exactly the same as we have done in all the games during the year. The next game is always the most important. It is a difficult game because all the teams are under pressure."

Paul Lambert: "You're going to have to run a lot without the ball, work really hard without the ball but you also know you have to go and try to win a game. That's what we will try to do. We're not going there just to make up the numbers. We will try to win. But whichever team Man City put out has world-class players."

Team Form

Manuel Pellegrini
Manchester City are two victories away from securing their second silverware of the season under Manuel Pellegrini.Reuters

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D L
  • Last Result: Everton 2-3 Manchester City

Aston Villa

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L D L L
  • Last Result: Aston Villa 3-1 Hull City

Team News

Manchester City

  • Injured: Sergio Aguero (groin), Matija Nastasic (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva; Dzeko, Negredo

Aston Villa

  • Injured: Christian Benteke (achilles), Charles N'Zogbia (achilles), Libor Kozak (broken-leg), Jores Okore (knee)
  • Doubtful: Gabriel Agbonlahor (knee), Joe Bennett (ankle)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Bertrand; Albrighton, Westwood, Delph; Bowery, Weimann