How to watch Aston Villa vs Man City Premier League live and match preview
Manchester City are within striking distance of top spot and they can potentially take it if they defeat Aston Villa this week.
New manager Steven Gerrard has had an immediate impact on Aston Villa, with back-to-back victories coming under the former Liverpool star. The most recent of those was a 2-1 away win at Crystal Palace.
Manchester City have won 3 in a row, picking up 9 points compared to league leaders Chelsea who have just 5 in that time. It means the gap between the top 2 is now just 1 point. City's last league match was an impressive 2-1 result over West Ham.
When is Aston Villa vs Manchester City?
This match kicks off at 7:15am AEDT on Thursday 2 December at Villa Park in Birmingham.
How to watch Villa vs Man City live
The 2021/22 Premier League season is broadcast live and only via Optus Sport. You can check out our full Premier League viewing guide for more details.
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Who will win Aston Villa vs Man City?
Manchester City have won 5 in a row in all competitions. A good result here combined with Watford potentially restricting Chelsea would see Pep Guardiola's men launch to the top of the table. City have also picked up 13 points from 15 on offer in their last 5 away Premier League fixtures.
City have scored 10 goals and conceded just 3 in that time and they also haven't lost to Aston Villa anywhere since 2013. Aston Villa were promoted back to the Premier League in 2019 but have lost 4 in a row against City in that short time frame.
Given their revitalised form under Gerrard, we sense Villa will be more competitive against a Manchester City team coming off a busy recent schedule. But the class factor is still telling and City should win it 2-1.
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