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Manchester City face Champions League-chasing Villa after Arsenal stalemate

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Manchester City face Champions League-chasing Villa after Arsenal stalemate

Manchester City face Champions League-chasing Villa after Arsenal stalemate

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Manchester City will face Aston Villa in a crucial Premier League encounter as they strive to maintain their title charge.

After being held to a disappointing draw by Arsenal over the weekend, Pep Guardiola’s side sits third in the league standings.

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Despite dominating possession against Arsenal, City struggled to break down their opponents and managed only one shot on target throughout the match.

On the other hand, Aston Villa stole a 2-0 win against Wolves in their last outing, positioning themselves as contenders for a top-four finish under manager Unai Emery.

Manchester City face Champions League-chasing Villa after Arsenal stalemate
City will look to continue title charge against tough Villa side tonight – Getty image

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Villa will be looking to replicate their earlier success against City this season, having secured a memorable win at Villa Park.

However, City’s star striker Erling Haaland continues to face scrutiny after another game without a goal.

Despite his known goal-scoring record, Haaland’s contribution to the team has been questioned by pundits recently.

Recall Sky Sports analyst Roy Keane criticized Haaland’s performance against Arsenal, describing it as “poor” and likening him to a “League Two player.”

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Ahead of the clash, City may have to contend with injuries to key players, including Nathan Ake, while Villa will be without star striker Ollie Watkins due to a hamstring injury in their last encounter.

The highly anticipated match between the two sides is scheduled to kick off at 8:15pm today, Wednesday, April 3, at the Etihad Stadium.

 
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