Aston Villa are only the third team to beat Man City at home this season.
These two teams faced on September 25 where Man City was upset at home in the Capital One Cup by a score of 4-2.
Since the loss, Man City have turned things around as they won four, tied once and did not lose in five English Premier League games. They are the only remaining undefeated team in the Premier League and are two points behind Manchester United.
Aston Villa sit at 17th in the league with a record of 2-3-6. They lost a close game to Manchester United, but look to carry that momentum against Man City on Saturday.
A win for Manchester City will boost them into first place, possibly for a couple of hours as Manchester United travels to Norwich for a night game.
Aston Villa has become a thorn in Man City’s side. The win against City in the Capital One Cup and the close defeat to United gave Villa the confidence they need to compete in the Premier League.
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
When: November 17, 10:00 a.m. EST
Live Stream: Live Soccer TV
Manchester City Cannot Be Down Early
Manchester City must come out aggressive in the first half on Saturday.
They did just that against Aston Villa earlier in the season. Man City took a 1-0 lead into the first half. Yet, Villa fired back with four goals, including one in extra time.
However, things went south in the first half last week against Tottenham. City was down 1-0 for most of the match. However, Man City fought back late in the second half. Sergio Agüero scored City’s first goal in the 65th minute. Man City took the lead off of a Edin Dzeko goal in the 88th minute.
This late win kept Man City one point ahead of Chelsea and two points behind Manchester United.
Dzeko told the club’s website, “It shows our character that we are strong even when we are losing.” (h/t Yahoo). “After the Spurs goal, I think we played better and were the better team over 90 minutes so we deserved three points in the end."
If Manchester City wants to remain undefeated, they cannot fall behind to Aston Villa or they could see their first loss.
Aston Villa Must Limit Mistakes
In the November 10 loss to Manchester United, Villa took a 1-0 lead into the first half. They scored again in the 50th minute. Man United cut the deficit in half with a goal in the 58th minute.
The game was tied after Villa made a crucial mistake. Ron Vlaar scored an own goal in the 63rd minute. United later scored a third and deciding goal in the 87th minute.
Despite the loss, goalkeeper Brad Guzan is optimistic about the rest of the reason.
According to Yahoo Sports, he said, “I thought the performance against Manchester United was a good indicator of where we're heading.”
Villa are currently only three points above the drop, but are heading in the right direction. “We're improving all the time. We're starting to create an identity for ourselves as a team under the manager. It's exciting times ahead,” Guzan said.
Aston Villa have already won at the Eitahd and in order for them to take another one, they have to play smart and not give Man City easy goals.
This will be another close game between these two teams. Aston Villa will score a late first-half goal. Man City will come back with two goals and hold Villa from scoring in the second half. Manchester City wins 2-1 to gain temporary possession of first place.