Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure played a key role in Manchester City's Capital One Cup triumph Getty

Manchester City host Aston Villa in the English Premier League on 5 March (Saturday) at the Etihad Stadium in what is a must-win clash for both the teams.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm GMT. There is no live coverage of the game in the UK. Highlights of the game will be shown on Match of the Day on BBC1 at 10.20pm GMT.


In what is a very important game for both the teams, Manchester City host struggling Aston Villa in the English Premier League on 5 March (Saturday). What a week it has been for the hosts, fresh from winning the Capital One Cup trophy against Liverpool on penalties, the side embarrassed themselves against the same opposition just three days later, getting thrashed 3-0.

City have lost only one of their last nine Premier League games against Aston Villa and, despite their inconsistent form, the home team will be expected to take away three points from this encounter. Manuel Pellegrini's men are currently 10 points behind league leaders Leicester City and will need a win here to stay in the title race. Yaya Toure is expected to return to the starting XI after missing their clash against Liverpool, while Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri remain sidelined.

Their opponents, Aston Villa, look destined for relegation this season as they currently sit in last place in the league table with just 16 points from their 28 games so far. The problem with Remi Garde's side is that they have failed to find the back of the net, scoring just 22 goals, being the division's lowest scores.

Aston Villa have no new injury worries but Carlos Sanchez (hamstring), Jack Grealish (ankle), Libor Kozak (ankle), Adama Traore (foot) and Jordan Amavi (knee) are still out.

What managers say

Manuel Pellegrini: "We are not going to give up. Ten points is a lot but we have one game in hand and in the Premier League you never know when you are going to lose points. I don't see why the players would be in a negative mind. I think they try to win every time they play. We have just had a bad moment in the league but we have another 33 points to try to reach it."

Remi Garde: "Hopefully we will prove once again, as we did in the home game against City, that football doesn't always go as predicted. If we can get the first goal I feel my players will gain the necessary will gain the necessary confidence from that. We have 10 games to go, I have to adapt knowing that we need to win games."

Betting odds (betfair)

·Manchester City to win: 1/6

·Draw: 11/2

·Aston Villa to win: 18

Form guide

Last five games

Manchester City: LLWWL

Aston Villa: LWLLL

Team news

Manchester City

Possible XI:Hart, Kompany, Otamendi, Zabaleta, Clichy, Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho

Aston Vila

Possible XI:Bunn, Richards, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho, Bacuna, Gueye, Westwood, Gil, Veretout, Agbonlahor