As it happened: Manchester City see off Aston Villa in thriller!
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup Final between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Visionhaus)


21:039 months ago

That's a wrap

And that's just about all we have time for here on VAVEL.

Thank you all for tuning into our live coverage and be sure to check out for all the post match coverage.

Until next time, I've been Tom Young, goodnight!

20:559 months ago


The whistle blows for full time and Manchester City move to the top of the table after seeing off a spirited Villa 2-0 in a thrilling encounter at the Etihad.

A controversial Bernardo Silva goal broke the deadlock before Ilkay Gundogan wrapped up the three points via the penalty spot.

Can they do it on a wet and windy Wednesday night in Manchester? They sure can!

20:499 months ago

89' - GOAL!

Ilkay Gundogan tucks the penalty away, with the three points staying in Manchester!
20:489 months ago


Penalty to City...
20:469 months ago


The pace of the game has significantly dropped following that goal, with City dropping slightly deeper as they look to cling on to what would be a huge three points.

We're sure that Bernardo goal will be looked at again and again though, Rodri was undoubtedly offside...

20:409 months ago

80' - RED CARD!

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has been sent off for his reaction to the Bernardo goal.


20:399 months ago

79' - GOAL!

Manchester City get the breakthrough!

Bernardo Silva is the man of the moment, curling an unstoppable effort into the top left corner, Martinez helpless.

20:369 months ago


And now it's Villa's turn to attack but Ruben Dias is in place to get in a crucial touch to prevent Ramsey from a tap in at the back post.

The most exciting 0-0 ever?

20:299 months ago



Emi Martinez spills the near post header and somehow the home side fail to turn the ball home.

20:279 months ago


Aston Villa are the side in control at the moment, as Watkins breaks down the left before finding Traore via the aid of a Ruben Dias deflection before Ederson gets down well to save from Luiz.

A thrilling in the rain!

20:259 months ago


Luiz hits it...

Straight into the wall.

20:249 months ago


A big chance for Villa here as John McGinn is brought down on the edge of the box by Ilkay Gundogan.

Grealish and Luiz are stood over this...

20:219 months ago


An hour gone here and nothing to separate these two sides.

Will fitness come into play? We'll soon find out!

20:199 months ago

58' - Substitution

Manchester City make a second change of the night.

Kevin De Bruyne is replaced by Gabriel Jesus

20:139 months ago


Manchester City are inches away from taking the lead.

De Bruyne finds the run inside of Joao Cancelo, with the Portuguese international cutting inside before firing a curling effort that cannons behind via the crossbar.

20:119 months ago


Traore that is sensational!

The Villa winger takes the best touch you'll see all season to get away from Kevin De Bruyne before firing a tame effort that is dealt with well by Ederson.

20:069 months ago


We're back underway at the Etihad.
19:489 months ago

Half time

And breathe!

An exhilarating first half comes to an end with the two sides level.

Manchester City dominated for the most part, but Villa looked equally threatening on the break.

East Manchester is all set for a thrilling second half!

19:479 months ago

45' - CHANCE

Another huge chance for City to open the scoring!

De Bruyne breaks fast and finds Foden in acres of space over on the left.

The Belgian finds his teammate expertly, but Matty Cash gets across to throw in a crucial block!

19:439 months ago


The pace of the game has slowed somewhat in the last five minutes, which will suit Villa down to a tee!

Bernardo's early chance remains the best for either side so far, with the half-time whistle fast approaching.

19:389 months ago


A first shot on target for Villa, as Ross Barkley curls an effort from the edge of the box that is comfortably dealt with by Ederson.
19:379 months ago


Aston Villa are warned for time wasting with ten minutes to go in the first half.

Pep isn't a happy man!

19:339 months ago


Manchester City continue to hammer down that left side, with De Bruyne and then Rodri both seeing long range efforts blocked behind.

19:299 months ago

27' - Substitution

Kyle Walkers race is ran, he comes off to be replaced by Zinchenko.

Joao Cancelo will move across to right back, with the Ukrainian filling in at left back.

19:279 months ago


Zinchenko is stripping off and will be coming on momentarily.


19:269 months ago


Villa appeal for a penalty as Ruben Dias deals with Douglas Luiz' low cross, but there's nothing going as the Villains get their first corner of the game.
19:249 months ago


There's no let up in the weather at the Etihad, as Aston Villa comfortably deal with yet another Manchester City corner.
19:229 months ago


Despite going down holding his hamstring, Walker is back on his feet and looking to play on.

One to keep an eye on though.

19:209 months ago


Kyle Walker is down after a challenge with Jack Grealish down the right.

Oleksandr Zinchenko is warming up.

19:159 months ago


Manchester City are hammering away down the left flank, with Pep's men looking to take advantage of a side who haven't played any competitive football in almost three weeks!
19:119 months ago


And now another chance for Aston Villa!

The visitors find themselves in a 3v2 situation, with Jack Grealish in acres of space on the right, but Ross Barkley can't find the final ball and the chance goes begging!

Real end-to-end stuff at the Etihad!

19:099 months ago


Phil Foden shows some lovely footwork as he cuts in from the left before seeing his effort deflected behind for a corner.
19:089 months ago


Villa are finding their feet at the Etihad, as Traore goes on a mazy run but is stopped short of Ederson's goal.

Should be a cracker this.

19:059 months ago


What a save by Emi Martinez!

Rodri's header falls to Bernardo Silva at the back post but somehow the Villa keeper gets across to smother the ball away!

19:049 months ago


Manchester City have settled early on in this one, with a right sided free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne headed behind by Matty Targett.
19:009 months ago

Kick off

We're underway at the Etihad!
18:559 months ago

Kick off fast approaching

We've weathered the storm (literally) with kick-off just five minutes away!
18:299 months ago

Wet, wet, wet!

Storm Christoph is playing havoc over in Manchester, with the pitch quickly gaining A LOT of liquid.

There's no word of a postponement yet - which is the last thing either side will want - but things aren't looking great!

18:019 months ago

Aston Villa Team News

Here is how Dean Smith's men lineup tonight.

Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, Grealish (C); Watkins

18:009 months ago

Manchester City Team News

Here is the side that Pep has gone with for tonight's crucial Premier League clash.

Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Walker; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne (C); Bernardo, Foden, Sterling

12:279 months ago

Aston Villa Team News

It's a slightly ambiguous build up for Aston Villa, who have only been back in training for three days ahead of the game.

Dean Smith has confirmed that neither Jack Grealish nor John McGinn were among the infected members of the squad and therefore we can expect both to start tonight.

Aside from that it's very much a case of wait and see for Villa, who are playing their first league match since New Years Day.

12:249 months ago

Manchester City Team News

There are no fresh injury concerns for Manchester City heading into the fixture, who will look to make it 16 unbeaten in all competitions.

Aymeric Laporte has returned to training but is unlikely to feature, whilst Sergio Aguero is expected to miss out following a COVID-19 related layoff.

Eric Garcia and Nathan Ake are also expected to miss out.

12:179 months ago

First meeting of the season

This fixture was of course meant to be played on the opening day of the season, but was rescheduled due to Manchester City's involvement in the Champions League last season.

Manchester City have won eight of the last nine meetings between the two sides, including a 2-1 victory in the Carabao Cup final when the sides last met.

12:129 months ago

Looking to keep pace at the top

Aston Villa have been one of the surprise packages of the 2021/21 season so far, let's not forget that if they win their games in hand, they will be top of the tree!

Credit has to go to Dean Smith, who has taken a team who looked nailed on for relegation into a genuine force in the Premier League.

Meanwhile it's been a return to normality for Pep in recent times, as City have overcame a difficult start to the season to look every bit like the team to beat in the Premier League this season.

It should make for a fascinating fixture!

12:099 months ago


Hello everyone and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of Manchester City's Premier League match against Aston Villa.

The Villains are returning to action after a lengthy, Coronavirus enforced layoff, and they couldn't face a tougher task, travelling to the Etihad Stadium to face a red-hot Manchester City.

I'm Tom Young and I'll be taking you through all the action this evening, with kick-off scheduled for 18:00 GMT.