Aston Villa produced a dominant first-half performance but their game against Premier League champions Manchester City remained goalless at halftime.
Unai Emery’s side are chasing a club record 14th consecutive league victory at Villa Park and they made life hard for City, who were without suspended duo Rodri and Jack Grealish and winless in three top-flight outings.
Erling Haaland drew a fabulous double save from Emiliano Martinez in the 11th minute. Those proved to be City’s only two shots of the first half.
Ederson denied Leon Bailey and Pau Torres during the early stages and the majority of the action unfolded around his penalty area as a makeshift midfield struggled to contain Villa.
The Sporting News will be following Aston Villa vs. Manchester City live, providing score updates, commentary, and highlights as they happen.
Aston Villa vs Man City live score
Aston Villa (4-5-1, right to left): 1. Emiliano Martinez (GK) – 4. Ezri Konsa, 3. Diego Carlos, 14. Pau Torres, 12. Lucas Digne – 31. Leon Bailey, 6. Douglas Luiz, 44. Boubacar Kamara, 8. Youri Tielemans, 7. John McGinn – 11. Ollie Watkins
Man City (4-1-4-1, right to left): 31. Ederson (GK) — 2. Kyle Walker, 3. Ruben Dias, 25. Manuel Akanji, 24. Josko Gvardiol — 5. John Stones — 20. Bernardo Silva, 83. Rico Lewis, 19. Julian Alvarez, 47. Phil Foden — 9. Erling Haaland.
Aston Villa vs Man City live updates, highlights, and commentary
46th minute: Off we go again. No changes for either side, which feels like more of a surprise for City. Foden is caught offside early on.
Halftime: Remember those games at Anfield during the early years of Guardiola’s City tenure? I can’t remember his side getting so relentlessly run over since then as they have been here. A patched up midfield is all at sea and the game is only goalless because Ederson is having a fine game. Martinez also made an incredible double save from Haaland. Those were City’s only two shots of the half. Wowzers. See you in a bit.
45th minute+2: Ooohhh, almost a smash and grap from Guardiola’s side. Lewis glides through midfield, Silva curls a cross to the back post but a leaping Konsa does enough to put Foden off.
45th minute: GOOOAAA… no. Douglas Luiz heads in but the ball had just run over the byline before Digne crossed. Ederson had just charged from his goal to deny Watkins on the end of a McGinn pass. Two additional minutes for City to edure.
44th minute: Stones into the book for getting the wrong side of McGinn and clambering all over him. Villa have had 12 shots to City’s two. Possession is 58% to 42% in the home side’s favour.
42nd minute: Tielemans almost in between the City centre-backs. Ederson blooters a clearance out of play. This is absolutely relentless from Villa, who will dearly want a reward for their dominance before the break.
40th minute: Lovely play from Villa, with Luiz getting deep into the City box. He can’t get his shot away. Now a panicked clearance from the usually unflappable Silva. Halftime looks a long way away for the champions.
38th minute: Another ball slipped down City’s left channel. Gvardiol stands up to Bailey and wins the ball. He’s certainly not shirking from the challenge.
34th minute: Walker has caught Digne in the ribs in an aerial challenge. He’ll need a minute to get his breath an it’s probably a good chance for City to regroup.
32nd minute: Gvardiol makes a mess of playing out. Chance for Villa with Ederson out of his goal but Dias makes the recovery tackle.
31st minute: Digne tears forward once more. City definitely vulnerable down their flanks. Bailey charges in to meet the cross and clatters over.
30th minute: Nice intricate play by City, Akanji releases Alvarez and Torres does well to get the clearance up and over his own bar. Turns out it wouldn’t have counted as Alvarez was fractionally offside.
29th minute: Luiz hangs the free-kick under Ederson’s crossbar, Konsa gets there first but can only boom his header over.
28th minute: Walker with a slightly desperate foul on Digne. Even though Ederson hasn’t been truly tested since early on, it’s starting to feel a bit like City are hanging on.
27th minute: Bailey gets the better of Gvardiol again. His cross is overhit, Walker clears. Haaland comes all the way back to help out. He’s harrassed by Torres and lumps the ball to halfway where there are no City players. Villa all over this.
26th minute: Watkins jinks in from the left and leaves Walker in his wake. Stones is back to block the shot. All Villa again now. The way they’re recycling the ball to launch follow-up attacks is giving City a taste of their own medicine.
24th minute: They work this one short, McGinn catches a shot nicely but that’s straight at Ederson. The Villa skipper snaps back into action and wins a free-kick off Alvarez about 35 yards out. Luiz appears to fancy it…
23rd minute: Back come Villa and Ederson pushes over a venomous 25-yarder from Bailey. That was travelling. Digne with the right-wing corner. Akanji clears, Luiz scuffs his shot but it deflects off Walker for another corner.
22nd minute: Stones smoothly into his midfield brief and City have just quietened the crowd a bit. However, the “Barnsley Beckenbauer” has just botched a Cruyff turn and it’s a Villa goal-kick. Steady on.
19th minute: Akanji looks to play in Alvarez. Crucial Villa block there. Now a nice deep cross towards Foden, who throws the kitchen sink at a volley and almost misses the ball entirely, much to the amusement of the locals.
16th minute: Watkins runs the channel well but his pass to the onrushing McGinn is slapped at the Scotland favourite far too hard.
15th minute: Dias thinks he’s got Alvarez in behind Villa’s high line but Martinez’s fellow World Cup winner is offside.
13th minute: Bailey spins in behind Gvardiol, who’s getting a bit of a going over during the opening stages. Dias clears with Watkins lurking.
11th minute: Incredible double save from Emi Martinez! Whatever Brazil’s Ederson can do, Argentina’s Martinez can do better. Foden slides a pass through to Haaland, Martinez gets his angles right and gets down sharply. He’s back up in a flash and it’s just as well as Silva lofts the second ball to Haaland at the back post. The striker’s header from point-blank range is kept out.
Absolutely terrific stuff from Emi Martinez 👏
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10th minute: City play patiently through Villa’s suffocating press. Lewis seizes upon a slack clearance from Diego Carlos. Some more measured possession and then a throw-in deep in opposition territory for City, but Villa aren’t unduly troubled.
8th minute: Villa fans boo a spell of City possession. The fact it’s taken them until the eighth minute to have the ball long enough for that to happen is quite something.
7th minute: Haaland gets up to clear the corner at the near post but the danger isn’t over. Another fine save from Ederson, pawing Torres’ shot away from the top corner. City’s goalkeeper was culpable in their draw against Tottenham at the weekend but they should be grateful for him starting this one very well.
6th minute: Torres plays a lovely raking ball to McGinn from the Villa byline. His lofted ball towards Watkins is ignored by the striker because he’s offside. But Gvardiol is caught ball watching and Bailey is in, drawing a decent save from Ederson.
3rd minute: Digne opts against a cross and tries to catch Ederson out, rattling a left-footer into the side netting. It’s been a confident start from Villa. City yet to get going.
2nd minute: Calm early possession from Villa. McGinn looks for a first-time pass into Watkins but it’s overhit.
1st minute: We’re underway. The hosts are defending the Holte End.
2 mins prior to kickoff: The teams are out. It’s absolutely bouncing at Villa Park. Hold onto your hats.
15 mins prior to kickoff: John Stones was a revelation last season, roving into midfield from defence to lend City an extra dimension in their treble charge. Stones has the technique and temperament to shine in those areas, but tonight represents a significant challenge. Starting in defence and stepping forward into midfield is different and less frantic than the base of the midfield being your starting position.
35 mins prior to kickoff: Ezri Konza is filling in at right-back again for Aston Villa. A natural — and incredible accomplished — centre-back, he looked uncomfortable against Bournemouth at the weekend. Grealish and Doku being out feels like a stroke of luck for him, although he’s still likely to have to shackle Phil Foden. The England attacker scored his seventh goal of the season against Tottenham but most of his good work this term has come from the right flank or more central areas. How two players effectively doing a favour for their managers get on tonight might well shape the overall outcome.
55 mins prior to kickoff: Here’s the Villa side. One change from the weekend, with Kamara back from suspension and Zaniolo dropping to the bench. That probably means a slightly more conservative 4-5-1 from Emery but there’s still plenty of powerful midfield running, pace and attacking threat in there.
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— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) December 6, 2023
1 hour prior to kickoff: The teams are in. Here’s the City XI, with Stones and Lewis into midfield to fill the Rodri void. How it looks in front of them, well, we’ll have to wait and see. But Silva and Foden on the flanks either side of Haaland with Alvarez behind him feel like a fair bet. Doku hasn’t made it and isn’t even among the substitutes.
XI | Ederson, Walker (C), Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol, Stones, Lewis, Foden, Bernardo, Alvarez, Haaland
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 6, 2023
1 hr 20 mins prior to kickoff: Given City’s recent defensive frailties and key absences tonight, Villa will certainly fancy their chances. Their home record this season is outstanding. However, there have been a few signs that Unai Emery’s men might just be coming off the top of their form. The 2-1 comeback win at Tottenham the weekend before last was a touch fortunate on the balance of play and they needed a last-gasp equaliser from Ollie Watkins to escape from Bournemouth with a 2-2 draw. In between those games, there was a battling 2-1 home win over Legia Warsaw in the Europa Conference League.
A date at Villa Park against the champions should be all the motivation they need. Villa’s domination on their own patch stretches back to last season. Overall they’ve won 13 in succession at home to equal a 40-year-old club record. If it’s still intact after visits from City and Arsenal this week that would be some feat.
1 hr 40 mins prior to kickoff: As Pep Guardiola told Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and assorted others yesterday, no team has ever won four English top-flight titles in a row. Over recent weeks, City have perhaps started to show why such a feat has been historically impossible. Over the course of dramatic draws against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, they have let the lead slip six times overall, including equalisers inside the final 10 minutes of each match. Meanwhile, leaders Arsenal notched their latest injury-time winner at Luton last night. Guardiola remains bullish about his team’s chances of success, as he has every reason to be, but he needs a response tonight without suspended duo Rodri and Jack Grealish.
2 hours prior to kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Aston Villa vs. Manchester City. Can Villa make it seven wins from seven at home in the Premier League this season or will City end a run of three games without a victory?
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 6, 2023
Aston Villa vs Man City lineups, team news
Tyrone Mings and Emi Buendia remain unavailable for Aston Villa with long-term knee injuries.
Boubacar Kamara returns from suspension in the only change to Villa’s weekend XI. Italy international Nicolo Zaniolo is the man to make way.
Aston Villa lineup (4-5-1, right to left): Martinez (GK) – Konsa, Carlos, Torres, Digne – Bailey, Luiz, Kamara, Tielemans McGinn – Watkins
Midfielders Jack Grealish and Rodri will serve one-match bans for City after being booked during the draw with Tottenham.
Kevin De Bruyne is a long-term absentee and his Belgium team mate Jeremy Doku (thigh) is absent. John Stones is back from his own fitness problems and will fill in for Rodri at the base of the midfield.
Man City lineup (4-1-4-1, right to left): Ederson (GK) — Walker, Ruben Dias, Akanji Gvardiol — Stones — Silva, Lewis, Alvarez, Foden — Haaland.
Aston Villa vs Man City live stream, TV channel
The Aston Villa vs. Manchester City match from the Premier League kicks off at 8:15 p.m. local time from Villa Park in Birmingham.
Below are the corresponding times, TV channels, and live streams to watch the match in selected regions around the world
IN CANADA: Watch this match in 4k on Fubo Canada (on 4k devices)
|Wed Dec. 6
|3:15 p.m. ET
|Wed Dec. 6
|3:15 p.m. ET
|Wed Dec. 6
|8:15 p.m. GMT
|Amazon Prime Video
|Thu Dec. 7
|6:15 a.m. AEST