Phil Foden
Only Kevin De Bruyne (24) has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions for Manchester City this season than Phil Foden (23 – 14 goals, nine assists)

Manchester City moved closer to becoming Premier League champions after they beat Aston Villa in a match where both sides ended with 10 men.

City, playing for the first time since they signed up to the European Super League and then withdrew from the competition, had centre-half John Stones sent off just before the break for a knee-high challenge on Jacob Ramsey.

However, Villa wasted the man advantage when Matty Cash was dismissed 11 minutes into the second half following two bookings in the space of three minutes.

Villa went ahead after only 20 seconds as John McGinn guided a shot past Ederson following Ollie Watkins’ low cross.

The impressive Phil Foden finished off a fine City team move to equalise before Rodri headed the visitors in front following Bernardo Silva’s cross.

City led 2-1 when they went down to 10 men, but Villa could not capitalise on the extra player and then offered little threat when it was 10-a-side.

Pep Guardiola’s team are 11 points clear of Manchester United and need eight points from their final five matches to become English champions for the third time in four seasons.

Stones will be suspended for Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley as City, who are also in the Champions League semi-finals, aim to pick up the first of a potential three trophies this season.

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Aston Villa

  1. Squad number26Player nameMartínez

  2. Squad number2Player nameCash

  3. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  4. Squad number5Player nameMings

  5. Squad number18Player nameTargett

  6. Squad number19Player nameNakamba

  7. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  8. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  9. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  10. Squad number41Player nameRamsey

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number20Player nameBarkley

  2. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  3. Squad number39Player nameDavis

Manchester City

  1. Squad number14Player nameLaporte
  2. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho


Aston Villa

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 2CashBooked at 57mins
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 19NakambaSubstituted forBarkleyat 63′minutes
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 75′minutes
  • 7McGinn
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 41RamseySubstituted forDavisat 45′minutes
  • 11Watkins


  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 20Barkley
  • 21El Ghazi
  • 22Engels
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30Hause
  • 39Davis
  • 60Chukwuemeka

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5StonesBooked at 44mins
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 8GündoganBooked at 44mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forFernandinhoat 90′minutes
  • 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forLaporteat 45′minutes
  • 47Foden


  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 27Cancelo
  • 50García

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