Manchester City vs Aston Villa live! Score, updates, how to watch, videos

Manchester City host Aston Villa on Championship Sunday (live, 11am ET on NBC, and Peacock Premium) and the equation is simple for Pep Guardiola’s side: a win and Man City are the Premier League champions.

However, we all know it’s never that simple. Especially with Man City…


City fans are expecting on the final day of the season, but Steven Gerrard’s Villa can be the ultimate party poopers if they show up and upset the hosts.

Here’s everything you need to know for Manchester City vs Aston Villa.

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How to watch Manchester City vs Aston Villa live, stream link and start time

Kick-off: Sunday at 11 a.m. ET
TV channel: NBC
Online: Stream on & Peacock Premium

Manchester City vs Aston Villa live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright at the Etihad Stadium

PEACE: Manchester City 0-1 Aston Villa – City have only won 1 of their last 14 PL games when they were trailing.

Watkins and Coutinho get a few more chances at halftime after that opening goal. City defending everywhere. Guardiola looks furious.

GOALLLL† Aston Villa leads 1-0 at Manchester City. A nice cross from the left is headed in by Matty Cash. Another dramatic twist on the last day of the season.

CLOSE TO† Phil Foden drags a shot inches wide. Things are getting very tense here as news of an equalizer in Liverpool trickles down.

Mahrez dances in the penalty area, but his ball to the back post is cleared when City started to increase the pressure. Little moaning and moaning from the City fans after some loose passes.

The game has gone a bit flat after Lucas Digne fell with a head injury. His own players, Calum Chambers, hit the ball right in his face. ouch. That takes the sting out of the game a bit.

Celebrations among the home fans here as news filters around that Wolves have risen 1-0 at Liverpool. Drama already.

kick-off: Great start here at the Etihad as City have a lot on the ball but Villa looks dangerous at half time.


Here are my final thoughts before kick-off…

The teams went back inside. The pressure is mounting. This is all getting pretty serious now. I just spoke to Man City legend Shaun Goater here in the press room and he told me it will really help Man City if Aston Villa scores first as City will be forced to play their normal game and come out and attack with everything they have.

Here’s Pep talking about today’s pressure. He looks as cool as a cucumber. How!?

Team news is out! A few big surprises as it looks like John Stones will start at right-back for City while Foden, Mahrez and Jesus go on the attack. Kyle Walker is fit enough for the bench. Villa is without their star goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, so Robin Olsen makes his debut. That seems like a huge blow to Villa, who has gone for a nice attacking line-up as Watkins, Coutinho and Buendia all start with Jacob Ramsey starting in midfield.

By the way, watch this video below without getting excited. My word. goosebumps.

The city team has arrived. Blue torches (which seem very easy to come by these days!?) abound around the Etihad.

There is a very festive atmosphere here in Manchester. The vast majority of City fans seem to expect an easy home win today. On paper it should be, but it’s the last day of the season. Who knows?

Well now well. Here we are. 90 minutes left of the season to go. Manchester City know that a win at home to Aston Villa on the final day will secure the Premier League title for the fourth time in five seasons. But a draw or defeat leaves the door open for Liverpool (who start the final day just one point behind them) to win the title and keep their incredible quadruple hopes alive.

It’s cloudy but warm here in Manchester, where the City fans I’ve spoken to are a mixture of hugely optimistic to incredibly pessimistic. They’ve been in these kinds of scenarios a lot over the years and they always seem to make life more complicated than it should be. Just over 10 years ago, Sergio Aguero delivered that iconic moment (No. 1 in our list of the Top 30 moments in PL history) amid a late drama on the last day to win the title. We will certainly not experience anything like this again today…

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup

Defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker have both recovered quickly for this game, as Stones starts at right-back and Fernadinho is also in defense alongside Laporte. Ruben Dias stays out.

Mahrez, Foden and Jesus begin the attack.

Aston Villa team news, injuries, lineup

Kortney Hause has been ruled out, while Ezri Konsa is also out with a long-term knee injury. Leon Bailey is also out while Ings is on the bench with Emiliano Martinez missing due to injury so Robin Olsen starts in goal.

Manchester City vs Aston Villa preview

City are on top of the table and have a one point lead over Liverpool heading into the final 90 minutes of the season. Given their superior goal difference, all they need to do is equalize or better Liverpool’s (they host Wolves at Anfield) result on the last day to secure a fourth Premier League title in the past five years. But with numerous defensive injuries and after a shaky 2-2 draw at West Ham last week, Guardiola is urging City fans to come to the Etihad and ‘give their lives’ to the team. This is going to be a tense afternoon, but nine times out of ten you would expect City to win this match comfortably and a few early goals will calm the City faithful’s nerves. They hope.

As for Aston Villa, they have a place in the top 10 to play for as they can finish 10th with a win or as low as 14 if they lose. Steven Gerrard is determined to finish as close to the top 10 as possible and he equipped Danny Ings and Philippe Coutinho for the midweek draw at home to Burnley. With his status as a Liverpool legend confirmed through his playing days, Gerrard will aim for the one thing he failed to do at Liverpool: win a Premier League title for the Reds. Villa are more than capable of a draw, or even more, at City and if they do there is a good chance that Liverpool will lead City to the title and end their quest for the quadruple in the Champions League -final.

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