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There it is, against all the odds, Villa came from behind twice to beat Manchester City 3-2 for their first home win of the season.City win a late corner. Navas takes, Kolarov gets his head to it, but it goes behind for a goal kick.City throwing everyone forward in search of a late equaliser now.City now desperately trying to get up the other end on the counter-attack, but it ends with a goal kick.Villa not in a rush to take the free kick, just trying to keep possession near the corner flag.Villa win another free kick as Kozak is brought down by Toure.Kozak receiving treatment after the foul. Five minutes added on.Nastasic gives away a free kick for an elbow in the back of Kozak in the centre-circle.Fernandinho tries to play Jovetic through, but he fails to control and the move breaks down.City getting a bit frustrated now as Villa have everyone back defending the lead now.Villa attempting to catch City on the break at every turn now, but still the Citizens defence has it covered.Manchester City statistically dominating with 66% possession, but they're making some mistakes in the final third now.Kolarov battles to the byline, but takes it a bit too far and it goes for a goal kick.City looking a bit disjointed in attack at the moment.But they are pushing forward. Navas' cross is blocked away by former teammate Luna before Jovetic has a double effort saved by Guzan.Nine minutes remaining for City to get back into the game, but they're not looking very likely at the moment.Bacuna launches a long throw into the area, but Kompany boots it clear of danger.Goalscorer Andy Weimann hobbles off to be replaced by Bowery.Navas cross is easily gathered by Guzan. Villa now trying to keep possession at the other end.City with a lot to do to get the three points from the last 13 minutes. Great effort from Villa, who looked destined for a loss not too long ago.GOAL! Weimann puts Villa ahead. Guzan boots the ball up the field to the Austrian, who taps the ball past the on-rushing Joe Hart and watches it roll into goal.Jovetic comes on to replace Edin Dzeko.GOAL! Bacuna equalises from the free kick. Fantastic strike into the top-left corner. Joe Hart rooted to the spot, no chance of making a save.Weimann wins a free kick on the edge of the area after a fantastic run to the area.City take another corner, but this time it is easily gathered by Guzan.Good attacking move by City again, but Fernandinho's cross is well over everyone in the area.Navas plays a wonderful cross into the area, but it is just missed by Negredo at the near post.Vlaar gets a volley at goal after Kompany header, but it bounces into the grasp of Joe Hart.Villa win a free kick after a Nastasic foul in midfield.City substitution: Jesus Navas coming on for Samir Nasri.Zabaleta plays a great ball into the area, but Negredo scuffs his shot and it's easily gathered by Guzan.Villa playing a bit better in attack now, but still lacking that final ball.Luna puts a great cross into the box, but Nastasic heads clear. Bacuna attempts to get back in the area, but the City defence deal with the danger.A rare spell of possession for Villa at the back now.Zabaleta's shot at goal is deflected wide by Clark.Sylla goes into the book for a silly tackle on James Milner near the touchline. Dzeko gets another free header, but it's well over the bar.Guzan does well to save a venemous volley from Negredo on the edge of the area.City win yet another corner from a Kolarov cross. This time Guzan punches clear of danger.GOAL! Dzeko puts City back in front with a simple header at the near post, giving Guzan no chance.Villa have a corner kick. Bacuna takes and Clark nearly gets a crucial touch in the area, but it's easily gathered by Hart.Nasri is booked as he kicks the ankle of Bacuna in the centre circle.City now looking to hit back quickly, but Vlaar does well to win the ball off Dzeko at the corner flag.GOAL! El Ahmadi restores parity. Shades of offside as he's played in on goal by Bacuna, but he makes no mistake in sliding the ball in at the far post.Aston Villa with a spell of possession now.Toure tries to play Zabaleta through on goal, but his pass is a bit over hit and goes for a goal kick.Kolarov goes down near the sideline, just on the edge of the area, but the referee is having none of it.City getting the half off on the front foot as Kolarov's volley bounces wide of the post.The second half is underway...That's it for the first half. City predictably dominant in the first half, while VIlla are struggling without the talismanic Christian Benteke up front. Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester City.City not slowing down after the goal, but is stopped by good defending by Vlaar.GOAL! Toure makes no mistake from the corner as he puts the ball in the back of the net underneath Guzan.Toure comes bitterly close with a shot from range as it's deflected just wide of the post by Baker.Villa counter-attack breaks down again at the final ball as Nastasic heads clear.City with yet another corner taken short. They press forward again and win another corner off Vlaar. Corner is cleared again.Nasri plays a good free kick into the area, but it's missed by both Kompany and Toure.Toure gets a shot on goal from the corner and gets it past Guzan, but the effort is cleared off the line by Kozak.Milner swops flanks and is in a lot of space down the left, but is cross is cleared, before Clark narrowly puts the ball over his own bar.City win a free kick as Negredo is caught late by Delph.Negredo tries to find Dzeko with a lovely flick over Bacuna, but it's cleared by Ron Vlaar.Villa try to go on the attack, but Kozak plays a lazy ball forward to no one in particular and gives away the throw.A City attack breaks down as Milner fails to control Fernandinho's ball forward.Negredo tries to break through the Aston Villa defence, but starts his run to soon and is flagged offside.City finding it easy to deal with Villa's forays forward. Lacking that cutting edge Benteke brings to the side.Villa putting a lot of pressure on the City defence, but they're doing well to keep hold of the ball.Villa now trying to put together a spell of possession, and Bacuna does take a shot on goal, but it is a long way wide of goal.Good build-up play from City as Dzeko finds himself in acres of space in the box, but fails to pull the trigger and the ball is eventually cleared by the Villa defence.Kozak wins the ball again, but loses the ball as he tries to get past Kompany.City take another corner, but it is again cleared by Villa, but only to another City player. Milner's eventual cross is over everyone.Penalty shout for City as it appears as though Zabaleta is brought down by Luna, but the referee waves play on.Villa now intercepting a couple of passes, but their counter-attack is broken down far too easily.A nearly moment for Villa as Kozak wins the ball off Fernandinho in midfield, but fails to put Weimann through on goal, before Dzeko fires his effort high over the bar at the other end.El Ahmadi takes, but it is too high to trouble Hart in goal.Villa win a free kick in a dangerous area as El Ahmadi is fouled just outside the area.The home defence holds strong once more as Dzeko is caught offside.Villa need to do better with their counter-attack's if they want to capitalise at some stage during the match, breaking down to easily thus far.Nasri's cross into the area is woeful and goes beyond everybody for a goal kick.The corner is taken short, but the cross in is easily dealt with and cleared. City try the cross into the area again, but the ball is just too high for Nastasic to get his head to.City win a corner as the ball forward to Dzeko is intercepted and cleared by Bacuna.Villa pressing high up the pitch, but City deal with the pressure well to keep possession.Another good attacking move from City, this time Toure's shot is deflected high and easily gathered by Guzan.City nearly capitalise on a miscommunication between the Villa defence and Guzan in goal, but Nasri's ball is way over everyone and out for a goal kick.A lovely attacking move from the Citizens ends with a corner as Kolarov's cross is headed away.City just slowing the pace of the game with slow build-up. Villa seem content to hit the visitors on the break.El Ahmadi fouls Nasri in his own half. Free kick awarded to City.City win a corner as Nasri goes very close to opening the scoring. Guzan gathers the Frenchman's attempt from the set play.Villa win the first corner of the game as the cross comes off Milner. Bacuna takes, but City get it clear and go on the offensive.Nasri and Dzeko connect well in the area, but Guzan gathers the rather weak attempts easily.All Manchester City at the moment, just keeping possession and looking to break down the Villa midfield and defence.Fernandinho tries to put Nasri through on goal, but the Frenchman is caught offside.City slowly starting to show their superiority, mixing up the speed of their build-up play.Luna seems to be carrying a bit of a knock after a slip as Villa now have a shot go wide of Joe Hart's goal.The visitors now stringing together the passes and getting forward very well, the Villa defence standing strong for the time being.City get the ball and launch a quick counter-attack, which results in a Milner shot on goal, but it's well wide of goal.An early spell of possession for the Villans here, just keeping the ball away from City at the moment.Referee Mike Jones gets the game underway...Feel free to e-mail your thoughts or predictions to and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.City make two changes from the side that so comprehensively beat United last weekend, with James Milner and Edin Dzeko coming in to replace Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero. Kompany and Nastasic anchor the defence, with a midfield four of Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure and Milner, while Dzeko and Negredo will be leading the line.Team news for Villa; only Kozak, Vlaar, Baker, Bacuna, Sylla and El Ahmadi survive from the side that lost to Spurs in midweek, with Clark, Weimann, Luna, Delph and Guzan coming into the starting line-up, while there is no place for Agbonlahor in the side today. Benteke, of course, not in action as he recovers from his hip injury.Aston Villa are rated at 6/1 to beat Manchester City today according to our friends at Sky Bet, with The Citizens at 1/1 to emerge victorious, while it is 3/1 for the match to end in a draw. Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo are both 9/2 to score first and 7/1 to secure a brace, with Libor Kozak at 3/1 to net in the 90 minutes.City, meanwhile, have won their last three matches in all competitions, scoring 12 goals along the way, and moved up to third spot in the Premier League standings following a 4-1 hammering of cross-town rivals Manchester United last weekend.Villa have been in inconsistent form of late and come into the game in 13th position in the league, needing a good showing following a 4-0 midweek defeat to Tottenham. Manager Paul Lambert welcomes back Gabriel Agbonlahor, Fabian Delph, Ciaran Clark and Antonio Luna, all of whom missed Wednesday's defeat to Spurs.Good afternoon, I'm Chris Vermeulen and I'll be taking you through all the action as Aston Villa host Manchester City at Villa. Kick-off is scheduled for 1500 BST.

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