Man City vs Aston Villa LIVE: Latest Premier League score and goal updates as Rodri gives hosts lead

It’s not in our hands, Pep Guardiola says Liverpool now favourites for title

Manchester City host Aston Villa in a midweek Premier League clash which is set to have huge consequences on the title race and the fight for the top four.

City, fresh off a goalless draw against the Gunners, come into the match hoping to keep the pressure on league leaders Liverpool who are three points clear of the reigning champions. With second-placed Arsenal also in action this evening, Pep Guardiola’s team cannot afford to drop points though there is a chance they can finish the night top of the table if they perform exceptionally against Villa.

For their part, Villa are hoping to build off the back of a midlands derby victory over Wolves at the weekend and Unai Emery’s side are hoping to close out a phenomenally good season with a spot in next season’s Champions League. They are battling for fourth with Tottenham and know that they need to collect as many points as possible during the run-in including against teams as difficult to beat as City.

Guardiola’s side come into the game following consecutive draws against Liverpool and Arsenal so now may be the best, or worst, time to face them. How will this intriguing encounter play out?

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Manchester City 1-0 Aston Villa, 15 minutes

Jhon Duran tries to reply quickly, testing Stefan Ortega with a sharp shot, but the striker had already strayed offside.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:30


GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 Aston Villa (Rodri, 11 minutes)

A lovely flowing move and Rodri sweeps home!

Beautiful build-up play from Manchester City, pulling the left side of Aston Villa’s two banks of four out of shape. Rico Lewis adds an option and Phil Foden pulls back into space, turning to find Jeremy Doku sprinting up the right.

Doku’s cut-back is pinpoint precise, perfectly into the path of Rodri, who finishes with aplomb.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:26


Manchester City 0-0 Aston Villa, 10 minutes

A scramble in the Aston Villa box gets the crowd going, Clement Lenglet’s intervention timely with both Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden looking to prod home. Foden seems to be relishing his more central role, pushing up near Alvarez at every opportunity.

Rodri unleashes a speculator from range, but there isn’t the puff behind his effort to test Robin Olsen low to the goalkeeper’s right.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:25


Manchester City 0-0 Aston Villa, 8 minutes

A free kick on the right is swung in by Phil Foden, but his inward curve takes it too close to Robin Olsen, swift off his line to gather at forehead height. Solid work from the stand-in stopper, deputising for the poorly Emi Martinez.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:23


Erling Haaland left on the bench by Manchester City

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Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:22


Manchester City 0-0 Aston Villa, 6 minutes

This is a worry for Aston Villa – Jhon Duran is down after a clash with Josko Gvardiol, and there’s limited attacking cover n the bench.

Thankfully, he’s back on his feet soon enough, though rubbing at his ear.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:21


Manchester City 0-0 Aston Villa, 3 minutes

Manchester City have begun as expected, it seems, with Jack Grealish and Jeremy Doku prodiving the width and Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden more central in front of Rodri and, in possession, inserting full back Rico Lewis.

Nicolo Zaniolo looks to be playing off the left for Aston Villa.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:20


Manchester City 0-0 Aston Villa, 2 minutes

Douglas Luiz’s corner is flicked on at the front, but the second head it hits is a Manchester City one. Lines cleared.

First chance! Julian Alvarez ruffles the side netting, latching on to a clever dink from Jack Grealish peeling in from the left and volleying goalwards. Alvarez might have been just offside but couldn’t find the right side of the post regardless.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:17


Manchester City 0-0 Aston Villa, 1 minute

An early fright for Aston Villa as Diego Carlos is forced into some hasty defensive work with four blue shirts pressing hard, but efficent transfers up the field allow the visitors to earn the game’s firsd tcorner. Up the big blokes come – can they test Stefan Ortega?

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:16



Darren England peeps his whistle – we are underway at the Etihad Stadium.

Harry Latham-Coyle3 April 2024 20:15


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