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Villa Park (ATT 33,217) 4th March 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Dean

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  1. 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.

  2. 90+4

    Delph booked for handball.

  3. 90+3

    Dawkins sees a shot blocked.

  4. 90+2

    Villa trying everything. Benteke with a header across goal from Holman's cross.

  5. There will be four minutes of added time.

  6. 90+1

    Barry on for Silva.

  7. 89

    Milner tries to find Dzeko with a low cross from the left but Guzan is down well to claim at his feet.

  8. 87

    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.

  9. 86

    El Ahmadi on for Westwood.

  10. 85

    Nasri shoots wide at the near post.

  11. 84

    Dawkins on for Weimann.

  12. 81

    Holman tries to thread a pass into the feet of Benteke inside the box but Kolo Toure is quicker to react.

  13. 80

    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.

  14. 79

    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.

  15. 77

    Westwood makes a hash of a simple pass.

  16. 77

    But it comes to nothing and Villa break.

  17. 76

    Milner shows superb skill to beat his man and win a corner.

  18. 75

    Nasri on for the goalscorer Tevez.

  19. 75

    Benteke ruled to have fouled Nastasic in an aerial challenge. Yellow card is as much for his reaction.

  20. 74

    A reminder of the threat City possess. Villa huffing and puffing without showing anything like the clinical threat of the visitors.

  21. 72

    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.

  22. 71

    City haven't been able to kill this one off and it's Villa pushing.

  23. 70

    Milner adjudged to have fouled Weimann. Another chance for Villa to pump in a cross.

  24. 68

    Corner for Villa after more good work by Lowton.

  25. 67

    Villa still in this obviously. Expect chances at both ends before the close.

  26. 66

    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.

  27. 65

    Holman for N'Zogbia.

  28. 65

    Tevez tries to deftly curl the ball over the wall but he cannot get it over.

  29. 64

    This kick leads to another as Yaya Toure is fouled by Bennett on the edge of the box. Danger here.

  30. 63

    Hart springs the attack and Delph fouls Milner. Chance for City to test Villa with a free-kick of their own.

  31. 62

    Two dangerous corners come in but City survive.

  32. 61

    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.

  33. 59

    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.

  34. 58

    Clichy with the cross for Dzeko but his left-footed shot is blocked. Villa getting caught out repeatedly as they search for this equaliser.

  35. Dzeko had again robbed the Villa defence. They are proving architects of their own downfall at times.

  36. 55

    Chance! Tevez wriggles free in the area and gets his shot off but Lowton clears the ball off the line.

  37. 52

    Agbonlahor looks to have eased Zabaleta off the ball to go through on goal but the referee rules he has fouled his marker.

  38. 52

    Tevez with the shot from distance but it skews over the bar.

  39. 51

    Clark gets his head to the free-kick but he is under pressure and it goes well wide.

  40. 50

    Guzan launches a ball up to Benteke and the big striker wins a free-kick for a foul by Garcia.

  41. 48

    Nastasic attempts an overhead kick from the subsequent corner but puts it over.

  42. 47

    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.

  43. 47

    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.

  44. 46

    Villa kick-off and the second half is underway.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 45+1

    Goal! Carlos Tevez!

  48. 45

    Clichy with the cross but Guzan claims.

  49. 43

    Milner with a threatening cross from the left but it is just over the head of Tevez.

  50. 42

    Westwood with a chance to ask a question at the other end but he shoots wildly over from distance.

  51. 41

    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.

  52. 40

    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.

  53. 39

    City really improving now. Milner skins Lowton but then sees his cut-back blocked. Corner.

  54. 37

    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.

  55. 36

    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.

  56. 34

    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.

  57. 32

    Milner's low shot from the free-kick goes through the wall but Guzan saves on the bounce.

  58. 32

    Clark fouls Tevez in a dangerous area of the pitch.

  59. 30

    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.

  60. 29

    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.

  61. 27

    Villa engineer space for Bennett but when he checks back inside the move loses momentum and the chance is gone.

  62. 26

    Early indication of what the introduction of Dzeko could mean as Yaya Toure launches a long ball in his direction but the substitute miscontrols.

  63. 25

    Dzeko on to replace Rodwell.

  64. 24

    Rodwell is off injured. He suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem when taking that powerful shot.

  65. 23

    Delay as Rodwell is down with an injury.

  66. 23

    Villa have a free-kick after the referee spots an infringement in the box from that subsequent corner.

  67. 22

    Rodwell with a fierce effort from an acute angle and Guzan tips it over for a corner.

  68. 21

    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.

  69. 20

    Applause for Stiliyan Petrov as we pass the 19-minute mark.

  70. 18

    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.

  71. 17

    Milner baffled when he doesn't win a corner on the break.

  72. 17

    N'Zogbia glides past his marker and then Benteke holds the ball up well but the move comes to nothing.

  73. 16

    Bennett tries to find Weimann with a crossfield ball but Clichy intercepts. Villa dominating possession.

  74. 14

    Benteke proving a handful as you'd expect. City just haven't got started yet.

  75. 13

    Villa asking some questions but Lowton and N'Zogbia are unable to find a way past Clichy and the attack breaks down.

  76. 11

    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.

  77. 10

    Lowton with a dangerous cross from the right but Kolo Toure clears at the near post.

  78. 9

    City calming the crowd with some possession football.

  79. 7

    Benteke wins the header from the corner but it loops over the bar.

  80. 6

    Bennett's cross is deflected and Weimann cannot quite get on the end of it. Corner to Villa.

  81. 5

    Positive start for Villa as Agbonlahor crosses from the left but Nastasic does well to outjump Benteke.

  82. 3

    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.

  83. 2

    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.

  84. 1

    Early foul from Agbonlahor on Zabaleta. Bit of aggression to get the game started.

  85. 1

    City kick-off and we are up and running.

  86. Thanks for all your feedback. The players are on the pitch and we'll be underway shortly.

  87. 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?

  88. But it's not all doom and gloom. No-one has scored more Premier League goals in 2013 than Christian Benteke (6).

  89. 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.

  90. 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).

  91. 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.

  92. Aston Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Clark, Baker, Bennett; Westwood, Delph; Weimann, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor; Benteke.

  93. Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Nastasic, Clichy; Milner, Garcia, Rodwell, Yaya Toure, Silva; Tevez.

  94. The Villans haven't kept a clean sheet in 11 league games. That's the longest current such run in the Premier League.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. Any thoughts or predictions ahead of this one? Please feel free to get in touch by email at or on Twitter @GhostGoal. I'll put up as many as I can.

  98. 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.

  99. Welcome to live and interactive text commentary of the Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park.

  100. Kick-off is 2000 GMT.



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