Pep Guardiola’s side will look set to continue their excellent rivalry with the Villa team that continues to recover from a major coronavirus outbreak.
City have lost eight in a row in all competitions, six of which have been in the league, starting their season after a mixed start.
Another win tonight will send City to the top, in addition to their rivals Manchester United and Leicester City.
Their rivals tonight, with the exception of the FA Cup game in which they fielded the youth team, have not played a game since New Year’s Day due to Covid-19 problems.
It is not yet clear how Villa will be able to play on the sidelines, but Dean Smith says those in attendance are ready for the job.
He said: “I will not make any excuses; the players are ready to play. We are looking forward to the game and we do not feel disabled.
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