Aston Villa vs Man City LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction tonight after Bailey earns a draw

Villa will be difficult – Pep

Aston Villa host Manchester City in the Premier League desperately needing to pick up points after losing their last three games. Manager Steven Gerrard remains under heavy pressure after their loss to Arsenal on Wednesday in which Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli gave the Gunners a 2-1 win.

The Villans only have a solitary win so far – 2-1 against Everton – and sit second bottom in the table after four defeats from five games. New faces could turn their form around with deadline day signings Leander Dendoncker and Jan Bednarek providing more top-flight experience to Gerrard’s side.

However, they have a thankless task ahead of them as they take on Pep Guardiola’s Man City this evening. The champions are in rampant form and come into the fixture on the back of a 6-0 thrashing of newly-promoted Nottingham Forest in midweek. Erling Haaland is the division’s most in-form player after scoring hat-tricks in back-to-back outings and looks set for more goals at Villa Park.

City sit second in the table and with first-placed Arsenal facing a resurgent Manchester United tomorrow they know the possibility is there to end the weekend top of the pile if they collect three points against Aston Villa tonight.

Follow all the action as Aston Villa face Manchester City in the Premier League:

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Aston Villa goalscorer Leon Bailey spoke to Sky Sports after the game about what it feels like to take a point off the Premier League champions.

“I woke up this morning and felt good about today, I knew today would be a good day for us.” he said, “We stayed confident and believed in ourselves, the experienced players and the new players in the group really lifted the spirits and that’s important going into a big game. Everybody was working for each other, it wasn’t going our way in the first half but we just stuck in there.

“I couldn’t tell you why I had a good feeling, maybe seeing how we were in training and everyone helping each other I was excited and I thought we would get something out of the game today.

“A lot of credit to you [Steven] Gerrard because going into a big important game he didn’t let anyone feel pressure and that was important for the team. Everyone understands we were in a tough situation but he just wanted us to bring the best version of ourselves on the pitch and we did that today.”

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Erling Haaland has scored 10 goals in Manchester City’s six Premier League games this season – this is the earliest into a Premier League season any player has reached 10+ goals.

Haaland’s 10 goals also came in his first six Premier League appearances for Manchester City, the joint-fastest a player has reached 10 goals in the competition’s history, alongside Mick Quinn back in December 1992.

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Manchester City are undefeated in their last 18 games in the Premier League, their longest run since 19 games from November 2020 to March 2021.

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90+4 mins: There’s the final whistle and the points are shared! Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions have to settle for just one point.

That keeps them in second place behind Arsenal who face Manchester United tomorrow. This result will feel like a win for the under pressure Steven Gerrard.

Villa remained in the relegation but this was a much improved performance and they took a deserved point from the game.

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90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play.

Joao Cancelo weaves into the left side of the box but the ball comes loose to Phil Foden who takes a snapshot and forces Emi Martinez into a sharp save to his right.

Leon Bailey goes off with Emiliano Buendia brought on for Villa.

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89 mins: Mahrez hooks a shot wide of goal after Haaland and Gundogan combined to create an overload at the back post. The offside flag went up anyway so the goal wouldn’t have counted.

Man City are getting closer to scoring though.

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86 mins: Close! An Aston Villa mix-up gives the ball to City high up the pitch. Rodri gets it and checks to the right before drilling a low effort towards the bottom left corner.

Martinez dives across but he’s not getting there and luckily for Villa the effort rolls narrowly wide.

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83 mins: Aston Villa believe. They’re throwing themselves into midfield challenges and looking to drive forward at any opportunity. The game is there to be won – by either team.

Less than 10 minutes to go.

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