Premier League Gameweek 14
Dec 1, 2021 KO: 20:15

Aston Villa - Man City

Villa Park Birmingham
Referee: Mike Dean
  27' Rúben Dias
  43' Bernardo
Watkins 47'  

Match preview

Grealish and De Bruyne unavailable - How Man City could line up against Aston Villa

Jack Grealish looks set to miss his return to Villa Park having been absent from the past three matchday squads through injury

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City squad travel to Birmingham to face Aston Villa under their new manager Steven Gerrard.

Villa have won their opening two games of Gerrard's reign, and will be hoping to extend that 100% record as they host the Premier League champions.

City won't be able to call upon two key players for the visit to Villa Park, with Kevin de Bruyne, fresh from finishing inside the top 10 at the 2021 Ballon d'Or awards, still suffering from coronavirus symptoms, while Jack Grealish, their £100 million signing, and Villa's former captain, also looks set to miss out on a return to his boyhood club.

Grealish hasn't started a game since City's 4-1 Champions League win over Club Brugge on 3 November, and it looks like he'll miss out entirely on playing at Villa Park not in claret and blue.

Phil Foden could potentially be another casualty, while Ferran Torres certainly won't be involved. Aymeric Laporte will sit this one out through suspension.

So, City have been struck fairly heavily through injury issues, and Cole Palmer might be given another chance from the start.

Potential Man City Starting XI vs Aston Villa

Ederson will be in between the sticks, while Kyle Walker is likely to keep his place at right-back while Joao Cancelo on the left, although Oleksandr Zinchenko might be given a run out at left-back.

John Stones will partner Ruben Dias in Laporte's absence.

Fernandinho scored last time out in the win over West Ham, but Rodri will keep his place as the deepest of the midfield three. Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan will once again play either side of the Spaniard.

Cole Palmer was handed his first Premier League start against Everton, and Guardiola could turn to the youngster again. He may feature in a false nine position, with Gabriel Jesus on the right, and Raheem Sterling to his left.

Man City vs Villa - Football tactics and formations

Match statistics

Aston Villa
Statistics
Man City
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
14
Draws
2
2
Losses
10
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
32
50
Goals Per Game
1.60
2.50
More > 2.5 Goals
13
11
More > 3 Goals
7
8
Scored First in a Match
10
12
Scored Both Halves
4
10
Won More > 1 Goal
4
10
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
30
16
Did Not Score
3
5
Both Teams Scored
12
8
Kept Clean Sheet
6
9
Won Without Conceding
5
7
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
560
-
Possession
44
-
Passes
371
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
12
19
Shots on Target
4.10
6.80
Goals out of Shots
0.14
0.13
Crosses
14
-
Offsides
1.85
2.83
Penalties
0.20
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.45
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
23
-
Interceptions
7.80
-
Own Goals
0.05
0.05
Aerials Won
14
-
Total Shots Conceded
14
6.75
Shots on Target Conceded
4.85
2.53
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.11
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
8.85
Yellow Cards
1.55
0.90
Red Cards
0.05
0.00

Injuries

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  2. Ankle/Foot Injury image description
  3. Hip/Thigh Injury image description
  4. Hip/Thigh Injury image description
  5. Knee Injury image description