The starting lineups are in for Manchester City vs Aston Villa

Manchester City and Aston Villa have confirmed their starting lineups ahead of tonight’s massive Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium. A huge match awaits given what it is at stake for both teams.

For Manchester City, tonight’s game is crucial in their chase for a fourth consecutive Premier League title. After the scoreless draw with Arsenal on Sunday, almost every game has become a must win game for Pep Guardiola’s side. Meanwhile, Aston Villa will be eager for another three points to maintain their stranglehold on a Champions League place. Unai Emery’s side sits fourth in the Premier League table and will be looking to take advantage of Tottenham dropping points to West Ham in their 1-all draw last night.

Pep Guardiola’s side will face Aston Villa without the services of Ederson, Nathan Ake, and Kyle Walker due to injury. The City manager confirmed that the trio would miss tonight’s game during his pre-game press conference yesterday. Aston Villa will head to the Etihad without Ollie Watkins, Jacob Ramsey, and John McGinn Unai Emery confirmed yesterday . It potentially could be a case of the two teams’ absentees cancelling each other out depending on how the game plays out.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola has made four changes to the team that drew with Arsenal on Sunday. In comes Jeremy Doku, Julian Alvarez, Jack Grealish and Rico Lewis. Out goes Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Nathan Ake and Mateo Kovacic.

Starting lineup: Ortega, Lewis, Ruben Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol; Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Foden; Doku, Grealish, Julian Alvarez.

Substitutes: Carson, Stones, Kovacic, Haaland, De Bruyne, Gomez, Nunes, Bobb, Susoho.

Aston Villa

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