Last Updated: 04/03/13 9:53pm
Full Time. That's it. Brave effort from Villa but they didn't have the quality to get anything against the Premier League champions. Carlos Tevez's goal enough to separate the sides.
Milner tries to find Dzeko with a low cross from the left but Guzan is down well to claim at his feet.
Milner tries to be too cute as he flicks the ball towards Nasri as Villa can break. Benteke is soon down in the box claiming a penalty but the referee waves away the claims. It was a decent shout as Nastasic hung a leg out there.
Holman tries to thread a pass into the feet of Benteke inside the box but Kolo Toure is quicker to react.
Great skill by Delph to get away from two. When the ball comes to Bennett he crosses from deep to Weimann on the far side but he can only strike the bouncing ball well over the bar.
Scrappy passage of play in the middle of the field. Villa relying on the big ball up to Benteke but he looks to be tiring.
Benteke ruled to have fouled Nastasic in an aerial challenge. Yellow card is as much for his reaction.
A reminder of the threat City possess. Villa huffing and puffing without showing anything like the clinical threat of the visitors.
Disallowed goal! Yaya Toure does brilliantly to hit the post with his left-footed effort from just outside the box and Dzeko is just offside when he turns home the rebound.
Roars from the crowd as Agbonlahor nearly find a way through down the left. And then Lowton strikes a shot cleanly from long range that goes just wide.
Hart springs the attack and Delph fouls Milner. Chance for City to test Villa with a free-kick of their own.
Lowton plays a nice ball down the line to Weimann and he puts in a good cross for Agbonlahor at the near post but his header rebounds of Kolo Toure's back. Corner.
Villa loft in another free-kick but it comes to nothing. Very flat at Villa Park now as the home side are struggling for ideas.
Clichy with the cross for Dzeko but his left-footed shot is blocked. Villa getting caught out repeatedly as they search for this equaliser.
Dzeko had again robbed the Villa defence. They are proving architects of their own downfall at times.
Chance! Tevez wriggles free in the area and gets his shot off but Lowton clears the ball off the line.
Agbonlahor looks to have eased Zabaleta off the ball to go through on goal but the referee rules he has fouled his marker.
Sam is an unhappy Villa fan. He says of Clark: "Unlucky lad, we've all had those days when you know that you just might have single-handedly crushed all remaining embers of hope of your teams chances of survival in the Premier League by slipping over in front of a stadium filled with angry red-faced supporters and watching from the cold muddy flaw as a world-class Argentinian slots home an easy goal."
Silva slips Tevez through on goal at the other end. He cuts the ball back to Dzeko after being pushed wide and the striker's improvised shot is deflected just wide for a corner.
Another bright start by Villa. Weimann has the chance to run at the defence but Benteke makes no kind of run for him and he loses out.
Dan says: "Two things. Firstly, just felt like I had to say how disappointed I am that Villa gifted Man City that goal. I can't describe how gutted Ciaran Clark must be and secondly just want to give a shoutout to my little one Tom who is very nervous today as it is the eve of his Bar Mitzvah! Have a good one son!"
Half Time. Cruel on Villa but they go in a goal down at the break. It was a spirited start from the home side but City dominated the latter stages and things look ominous for Lambert's side.
Clark attempted to turn Dzeko and appealed for the foul but the referee allows play to go on. It looked to be a slip. Dzeko runs through on goal and squares for Tevez who is calm enough to round Guzan and slot the ball home.
Chances! Now it's Tevez's turn to test Guzan. He cuts in from the left edge of the box and tries to find the far corner but Guzan pushes his effort away. Villa all over the place. Now Dzeko is in space inside the box in the right channel and shoots left footed but Guzan saves.
Then Villa are sloppy as they only send one man to deal with the short corner between Milner and Silva. The former has time to measure his shot from the angle on the left but curls just over the far corner.
Chance! Great move from City as they pass their way through Villa in the right channel. Zabaleta cuts in on his left foot and fires off a shot that Guzan just gets enough on to push the ball onto the post.
Silva gets on the ball in the final third. That's not happened much. He tries to thread a pass through on goal but gets the weight wrong and Guzan can claim.
Appeals for handball from the City fans after Dzeko's cross bounces up on Clark following a poor first touch. Ambitious to say the least.
Yaya Toure with another scooped ball over the top to find Clichy and there is an opportunity for Dzeko to shoot from the knockdown but he delays and is crowded out.
Again Villa run out of ideas. Three players combine on the left deep inside City's half but when they go back to Baker he can only find touch with his forward pass.
Villa engineer space for Bennett but when he checks back inside the move loses momentum and the chance is gone.
Early indication of what the introduction of Dzeko could mean as Yaya Toure launches a long ball in his direction but the substitute miscontrols.
Rodwell is off injured. He suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem when taking that powerful shot.
Villa have a free-kick after the referee spots an infringement in the box from that subsequent corner.
Chance! Benteke wins a clean header from a corner and gets plenty on it but Tevez is alert on the line and clears the ball.
Delay after N'Zogbia kicks Zabaleta in the head. Not pleasant but not too many complaints from the City players as they seem to appreciate it was accidental.
N'Zogbia glides past his marker and then Benteke holds the ball up well but the move comes to nothing.
Bennett tries to find Weimann with a crossfield ball but Clichy intercepts. Villa dominating possession.
Villa asking some questions but Lowton and N'Zogbia are unable to find a way past Clichy and the attack breaks down.
Patient build-up from the visitors before Rodwell finds a little bit of space in a central position outside the box but he fires over with his left foot.
Positive start for Villa as Agbonlahor crosses from the left but Nastasic does well to outjump Benteke.
And Villa cause problems with their first attack. Clichy gives the ball away sloppily and the ball comes to Bennett on the opposite flank. Garcia makes a mess of the clearance from the full-back's cross - skying it - and Hart tries to punch clear. He gets little on the ball but City eventually get the ball away. That's encouraged the home fans.
Nastasic and Toure with some neat interplay but the final ball is a bit too strong and runs through to Guzan. First chance for Villa to get a feel of the ball.
Sam says: "Just a quick thought about Villa. Firstly I'd have to agree with Dan that Bannan will come into his own later in his career but when that will be I don't know, haha! Although Benteke may be doing well at the moment he is no Heskey and never will be. Lastly a shout out to my 7-year-old Ewan as it is his birthday today. So any Villa fans at the match say happy birthday to a little boy in a green spider-man outfit!"
Brian has been a Villa fan for 65 years. He says: "I think Villa will get beat by a packet or nick a 1-0 win. I suppose under the circumstances a point will be a bonus. Surprised Paul Lambert has not used our two deadline signings yet. It looks like Stephen Ireland career is over at the Villa. Don't understand as he is our most experienced player."
Lewis: "Why isn't Dzeko starting? Seems like a perfect match for him to bully a young and weak defence."
Lambert is going with an unchanged team but there's no Aguero for City. Something of a cautious selection from Mancini. Dzeko on the bench and Tevez as a lone frontman. Onus will presumably be on Yaya Toure to get forward in support. Could make for a tight start?
Philip: "Man City should win but I think Villa will surprise City and take all three points. 2-1 Villa."
Ian from Mallorca: "I must go with my beloved City to win this one. I don't think it will be easy as some of the other fans have stated. City 3-1. I fancy Milner to bag one of them against his old club."
Malik Sarmad: "I believe both Benteke and Toure will score today. It won't be a thrashing. City to win 3-1."
Dan: "I think over the last few games Brad Guzan has looked really dodgy for Villa - their whole squad hasn't been great but the keeper has really stood out for me as being a serious under-performer. It's not all doom and gloom for Villa - I can see Barry Bannan as becoming the next Joe Allen as he's stood out to me as being a really skilful midfielder."
But it's not all doom and gloom. No-one has scored more Premier League goals in 2013 than Christian Benteke (6).
If Villa fall behind then things look particularly bleak. They have claimed a league-low two points from losing positions this season, losing 13 of the 15 games they have fallen behind in.
Any increase on 7-0? You bet. Michael says: "Whilst Villa have matured from when they got thumped 8-0 by Chelsea, I can't see past another thumping here at the hands of City. As a United fan, I'm hoping for a miracle - but, as a Manchester lad, let's go for the insanely ridiculous 10-0. It's gotta happen some time, right? What better time than 18 years after United's record 9-0 vs Ipswich?"
Holly sees it differently. She says: "Little bit gutted that Aguero isn't playing but that's not gonna stop us from scoring lots of goals! I'm going to go with 4-0 City, Tevez with two goals and one each from Yaya and Silva. Got to keep the pressure on United, COME ON YOU BLUES!"
Rafee says: "Just hope Villa do Man Utd a favor by beating City who are not having their way this year, can't wait to see some cracking goals from both sides but I think Villa will win today with their home crowd behind them...2-1 Villa."
No side has conceded more goals in the final half an hour of games this season than Aston Villa (25). Furthermore, only Reading (14) have scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of league matches this season than Manchester City (13).
Even if Villa do take the lead then there is cause for concern for home supporters. Paul Lambert's side are the only team to throw away two goal leads on three separate occasions this season.
There are some terrific predictions coming in... as long as you don't support Aston Villa. Brad says: "City to score early on and the flood gates to open. Villa 0-7 City."
Brighton fan Roy says: "As a neutral I think City will stroll this fixture with a convincing 4-0 win. City need to hang on to second place as United will continue to take the title. Looking at the others in the top six I think Arsenal will turn their bad spell around and Chelsea will continue to fall behind. Going for United, City, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool. And all being well we will see all of them next season at the Amex Stadium."
Steve from Bath: "If this game is to be a battle defined by who needs it more then Villa will prevail. They are desperate for a result to ignite the last quarter of their campaign which for them is all about survival. For City, their title surely gone, there is only the securing of second place to play for and the motivation to give all away from home may be lacking. That said, Villa have been so poor, their confidence so low, their need so great that the pressure may just be too much for them tonight. I feel City's class will ultimately tell and the visitors will win 3-1. Villa's crisis to deepen!"
Aston Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Clark, Baker, Bennett; Westwood, Delph; Weimann, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor; Benteke.
Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Nastasic, Clichy; Milner, Garcia, Rodwell, Yaya Toure, Silva; Tevez.
The Villans haven't kept a clean sheet in 11 league games. That's the longest current such run in the Premier League.
Recent history between the two sides doesn't inspire confidence in Paul Lambert's side. Man City have scored four or more goals in three of their last five league games against Aston Villa.
Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one and rate Man City as 2/5 favourites. Aston Villa are 7/1 underdogs and the draw is available at 7/2.
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City surely need a win here to maintain any hopes of retaining their Premier League title. But Villa are desperate for the points too as they are currently in the drop zone and at risk of being relegated from the top flight for the first time since 1987.
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