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Aston Villa vs Manchester City at Villa Park

Villa Park Referee : Simon Hooper
3rd September 2022 5:30 PM (BST)
  • 1 Aston Villa

    • ‘74' Leon Bailey
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘50' Erling Haaland


Commentary By Jack Mumford



So, it wasn't three points but we do extend our unbeaten run by another match. As Pep has just said: "There are many games to play - it's always tough, every game is tough home and away, we know this." 

We're next in action on Tuesday night, when we travel to Sevilla to start our UEFA Champions League campaign.

In the meantime, keep an eye on and our official app for more reaction to today's match. You can also explore all the stats and reaction right here as this page will remain live.

Until Tuesday...


Pep Guardiola's reaction 🗣

"Good game. We conceded just one goal from one shot on target in 90 minutes. We were not precise in our final third touches and our simple things, especially in the first half. We had chances to score a second when the game was in our hands but we didn't.

"We were better after the goal. But we were just not precise enough in the crosses, we missed a few situations and that's why we could not score.

"They [Villa] defended well, they are well organised and physical. The way we defended we created enough chances to score goals, we defended well apart from one action."


Updated table

City are second in the table, level on points with Tottenham with 14 points from six matches. 

Arsenal remain top, one point ahead of City, but they have a game in hand against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. 


Deadly Erling

Most goals in first six Premier League appearances  

10 Erling Haaland

10 Micky Quinn 

8 Sergio Aguero 

8 Diego Costa 

7 Jurgen Klinsmann 



City had 73% of the ball in that match, with 13 shots and 665 completed passes in total.

Aston Villa's 27% share of the ball included three shots and 194 completed passes.

That shows how much City were on top throughout. It just wasn't reflected in the final scoreline in the end.



Our players look a little aggrieved with how this one turned out. We certainly had much the better of the game, but a wonderful Villa goal denies us the three points.

However, we continue our unbeaten run. Four wins and two draws is certainly not a bad start to any season...


It's noisy

Villa Park has become a lot louder since the Villa goal and it appears to be having a real effect on the home side. They are scrapping hard for every ball now, and we haven't been able to settle into possession in the last few minutes.


New shape

Ake's arrival means a change of formation. Cancelo has moved up alongside Rodrigo and we have three at the back, with Ake on the left and Stones on the right of Dias.


Club Journalist David Clayton at Villa Park 🗣

The roof just came off. Can't say they deserve it but we missed a couple of chances to wrap it up - still time for us to get another but the atmosphere has completely changed now... 


He's everywhere!

Haaland and De Bruyne combine on the edge of the box. It ends with the Belgian striking narrowly wide.

Our No.17 has been immense.



De Bruyne drives from the halfway line and feeds Haaland who swivels and shoots with his right. It's parried by a diving Martinez.

It's been beautiful stuff from City since the goal.


Club Journalist David Clayton at Villa Park...

I'm sat level with the Villa box and that cross from De Bruyne was worth a goal itself. Villa responding well to going behind and Ederson's timing was superb there. Long way from over but better than it was at the start of the half. City fans in fine voice taunting the Villa faithful and their manager... 



Villa nick the ball off Rodrigo in midfield and break forward. Jacob Ramsey is in on goal but Ederson is lightning off his line to snuff it out. The Brazilian is brilliant again moments later, punching a wicked cross clear.


Stones covers

Villa keep looking to break quickly through Watkins. This time Stones keeps pace with the striker and wins the foul. Excellent one v one defending.



Six of Haaland's goals have come in the six-yard box. Only Raheem Sterling has scored more six-yard goals since the start of LAST season. Haaland was obviously not in England last season.


Oh, Kevin

If you're not watching live, make sure you catch tonight's highlights just for that De Bruyne cross alone. The Belgian at his world-class best.

He has been given more of a free role so far this season, popping up anywhere on the left, right or in the centre.



De Bruyne delivers an exquisite cross straight on to the left boot of Erling Haaland at the back post. He taps home for his tenth goal in just his sixth Premier League appearance.


Pundits review first half 🗣

David James: I was feeling a bit of frustration in the players, looking at Foden, Walker a few of them there were getting frustrated because it wasn’t the City we predicted before the game.

Darius Vassell: City have had the chances. Walker should have squared it to Haaland for a tap in and they could have kicked on from there. Villa have done well to frustrate City but not many teams can do it for a full 90 minutes. It’ll be interesting to see what Pep says and how City come out for the second half.


Do you agree with Adam?



The referee brings the first period to a close. City were the better team throughout, but Ollie Watkins' chance shows the danger that Villa can pose.

A big second half to come if we're taking three points home!


A little ragged

The football has become slightly scrappy as we near half-time. Perhaps Pep will be looking to deliver some words of wisdom in a few minutes...


Villa pressure

The hosts are growing into the match and have had some of the ball in the last couple of minutes. Nothing Stones and Dias can't handle however.


Ederson fouled

Our goalkeeper jumps for the ball but is barged over. We were relieved to hear the whistle as our covering defenders were in the process of clearing off the goal line.


Watkins close for Villa

Villa counter-attack and it ends up with Ollie Watkins running at Stones. His shot is deflected narrowly wide. First chance for the hosts and the crowd are loud.


Quick off his line

Emiliano Martinez is always keen to come out and grab the ball ahead of City's advancing attackers. He's done it excellently so far, but he has to be perfect every time and City have to get it right just once...


Wasted cross

Cancelo and Foden play a neat one-two but the full-back doesn't get his cross right. Martinez gathers easily. City have to stay patient here...


Continued dominance

That possession stat has remained at 76%. You can often expect it to even out a little as the game goes on. Not today it seems...



Another long pass just out of reach. This time Cancelo plays a delightful trivela for Haaland but Villa goalkeeper Martinez beats our striker to it.


Club Journalist David Clayton at Villa Park 🗣

Villa defending very deep and watching Haaland closely - the hosts have been a study in concentration so far and Gerrard will be very happy with the way his team has started. 


Cashing out?

There's a slight delay here as Matty Cash is receiving treatment. It looks like he may have to come off here. Ashley Young and Calum Chambers warming up.


Close again!

It's that combination again. De Bruyne whips a ball for Gundogan but it's just beyond the Germany international's outstretched leg. Had he got anything on that, it was surely a goal.


Club Journalist David Clayton on that Walker chance 🗣

I bet Kyle will square it next time he's in that position! That should have been 1-0, but you live and learn. Bernardo not happy with Villa's early timewasting antics and is letting the ref know 


City's first corner

It's all City but Villa have dealt with our first corner well. The ball just keeps going back towards Martinez's goal though.


Good effort!

De Bruyne drives towards the Villa box and unleashes a rasping effort that whistles narrowly wide of the post. The chances are coming...



De Bruyne drops into the right-back position and fires a long range pass for his midfield colleague Gundogan, who is bursting towards goal. It's just out of reach but what a ball and what a chance it almost was.


Patient probing

John Stones has had a lot of the ball early on. He's stepping into midfield to try and manoeuvre Villa's players into areas they don't want to go. 


Walker fires over

Haaland, Bernardo and Gundogan combine to carve out a chance for Kyle Walker. He looks for a team-mate first but eventually chooses to shot but it's high and wide.


Club Journalist David Clayton at Villa Park 🗣

 Hi-Ho-Silver-Lining' playing and there's a raucous atmosphere here at Villa Park which is packed to the rafters. Game on... 


A reminder of the team...

City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (c), De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Haaland 

Subs: Ortega Moreno, Ake, Grealish, Alvarez, Gomez, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand


Here come the players!

Both sides march out from the tunnel in the corner of Villa Park and the Premier League anthem starts. Feeling confident, Blues?


Club Journalist David Clayton at Villa Park 🗣

'Seven Nation Army' was just played in the stadium sparking the City fans to serenade Kevin De Bruyne. In other news, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish have just finished a game best described as Hoof Tekkers. It consists of kicking the ball skywards for the other to kill with their first touch. Jack won. And he let Riyad know he'd won. 


No easy games in the Premier League

Ruben Dias isn't underestimating Villa, despite their poor start to the season...

“You can see by the transfer market that everyone is getting top players. That is just a little demonstration of the strength of the league and each team.

“For that reason, you just need to play like you are playing the last five games you need to win to be champions every time. You need to have that awareness that now counts as much as the end.

“I think the most important factor is to think that everything can change if you let it. If you relax, everything can change very quickly.”


Vassell on City's away form

The way it works, when they play away, the home team are under pressure to play openly in front of their fans, and City take advantage of that. They’re quite a transitional team away from home and can punish them within 2 or 3 passes. 

Matchday Live continues above ☝


Club Journalist David Clayton at Villa Park 🗣

Jack Grealish was mostly applauded as he jogged out to join his team-mates. Think the majority of Villa fans still have affection for Jack, as they should given the terms he left on and the things he's said about his boyhood idols. He's smiling away on the pitch below me so he seems happy enough to be back on his old stomping ground. 


A meeting filled with history!

Against no side have City won more Premier League games than we have against Aston Villa (28), while only against Newcastle (95) have we scored more goals than we have against today's opponents (90).


15:00 matches have finished

City's game is the last of the day in the Premier League today. 

Liverpool and Everton played out a 0-0 draw in the lunchtime kick-off.

The results from the matches that started at 15:00 are as follows:

Chelsea 2-1 West Ham

Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace

Nottingham Forest 2-3 Bournemouth

Wolves 1-0 Southampton

Brentford 5-2 Leeds

Tottenham 2-1 Fulham


Club Journalist David Clayton at Villa Park 🗣

Ground filling up here at Villa Park and our keepers are out warming up. The Villa fans I’ve met so far don’t fancy their chances this afternoon – one called it a ‘free hit’. I doubt Steven Gerrard – with four defeats out of the first five games – will see it quite the same way. 


We like playing Villa!

Aston Villa are winless in their last 11 Premier League meetings with City (D1 L10), losing each of the last seven by an aggregate score of 22-5.

Will we extend that run today?


Vassell on City's form 🗣

They’re playing with freedom and you can do with the likes of Haaland in great form, it frees the other players up. They will have to stay concentrated though. Other than that, you look forward to watching them every game and long may that continue throughout the season.

Watch him and David James on Matchday Live above ☝


One change

So that's just one change from Wednesday night's emphatic win over Nottingham Forest as Julian Alvarez makes way for Kevin De Bruyne.

That's no reflection on the Argentine's performance against Forest, who was excellent and deserved his two goals.

But KDB got to put his feet up for much of that match and will be raring to go this evening.


Team news!

City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (c), De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Haaland 

Subs: Ortega Moreno, Ake, Grealish, Alvarez, Gomez, Mahrez, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand


Matchday Live! 📺

We're moments from the start of our pre-match show! 

David James and Darius Vassell will give their verdict on today's XI and preview a tough evening ahead.

Don't forget, that all important team news is coming at 16:30!


Club Journalist David Clayton at Villa Park

We’ve got grey, overcast skies here at Villa Park this afternoon. It was clammy and warm on the way into the ground but it’s noticeably cooler now. Weather update over! Lots of Norwegian journalists in the press room – wonder who they’ve come to see this afternoon? With Liverpool dropping points earlier on, City have had the perfect boost ahead of kick-off. Reckon it’ll be tricky, but hoping we can head back up the M6 will all three points. 


EDS & Academy success

It's already been a good day for the Club, with our EDS and Under-18 sides winning earlier.

The EDS have just beat West Ham 4-1 at the Academy Stadium with the goals coming from Kane Taylor, Kian Breckin, Will Dickson and Carlos Borges.

Our Under-18s saw off Blackburn Rovers with a 2-0 win. Nico O'Reilly and Alfie Harrison scored in that one for 10-man City.


Together: Champions Again!

Another excellent City Studios production, 'Together: Champions Again!' is a seven-part documentary series covering the entirety of our Premier League winning 2021/22 campaign. 

This week saw the release of the sixth episode as Pep Guardiola's side bounced back from Champions League heartbreak.

You can watch it all on CITY+ or Recast, where you will also find selected live EDS and academy matches as well as full replays of every single first team match.


Matchday Live!

Our City-centric show is back for more of the same today, with fun and analysis coming from David James and Darius Vassell in the Manchester studio.

We'll be live a few minutes before team news and right up until kick-off! They will return at half-time and full-time to give their two cents.

If you haven't tuned in before, there's no better way to prepare for another 90 minutes of prime Pep Guardiola action.


Likely XI?

Who makes your team today? Pep delivered some important news on injuries and availability in his press conference on Friday.

Nathan Ake and Jack Grealish are fit and ready to return to action, but Kalvin Phillips is a doubt.

Phillips has missed both of our last two fixtures since limping off in the charity game against Barcelona, whilst Ake and Grealish have not featured since the 4-0 win over Bournemouth three weeks ago. They are both now back in full training.

All will be revealed when the teams are named at 16:30!


Last meeting

Villa Park was the scene of my favourite City goal of last season. A sweeping counter-attack ended with the sweetest volley from our Portuguese maestro. I could watch it all day. 


Form guide

Many would say it's still too early to look at the Premier League table, but it is starting to take shape now.

City are second with 13 points from a possible 15 so far, with the draw at Newcastle United the only blemish on the record so far. 

Arsenal, the early leaders, will face Manchester United tomorrow afternoon so this is an opportunity for City to go top this evening.

It's a less pretty picture for Villa, who sit in 19th with just three points so far. That one and only win came against Everton recently, but Steven Gerrard's men will be looking for an upturn in form now.


Good afternoon!

Hello and welcome to yet another Matchday Centre.

The games are coming thick and fast now, and it's a trip to Villa Park for the Blues this evening - starting at 17:30 BST.

Stick with us here for text commentary during the match and Alistair Mann will talk us through proceedings too.

Before then, we'll have the Matchday Live show on this very page and lots more to get you in the mood!


It's matchday!

Hello and a very good morning to you all!

September is here upon us and the games keep coming thick and fast now with City back on the road later today with a Premier League trip to tackle Aston Villa.

We will step out at Villa Park in fine form having recorded successive 4-2 and 6-0 Etihad victories over Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest respectively.. 

Kick-off is at 17.30 (UK) and, as always, you will be able to follow all the action right here in the Matchday Centre. 

Minute-by-minute text updates begin at 15:30 (UK), whilst our Matchday Live show, with special guests David James and Darius Vassell starts one hour before kick-off. 

And, during the game you can listen to live audio commentary from Alistair Mann. 

Make sure you tune in!

Other games that day

  • Newcastle United0
    Crystal Palace0
  • Chelsea2
    West Ham United1
  • Tottenham Hotspur2
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers1
  • Nottingham Forest2
  • Brentford5
    Leeds United2
  • Everton0
  • Manchester United0
  • Brighton and Hove Albion0
    Leicester City0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Arsenal 5 +9 15
3 Tottenham Hotspur 6 +7 14
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 5 +3 10
5 Chelsea 6 -1 10
6 Liverpool 6 +9 9
7 Brentford 6 +6 9
8 Manchester United 5 -2 9
9 Leeds United 6 0 8
10 Fulham 6 0 8
11 Newcastle United 6 +1 7
12 Southampton 6 -3 7
13 Bournemouth 6 -13 7
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 -1 6
15 Crystal Palace 6 -2 6
16 Everton 6 -2 4
17 Aston Villa 6 -5 4
18 West Ham United 6 -5 4
19 Nottingham Forest 6 -10 4
20 Leicester City 5 -5 1
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