Manchester City would look to cut the gap at the top of the Premier League between them and Liverpool to 3 points by winning this game before the Reds face Tottenham on Sunday.
The Cityzens have dropped some points surprisingly this season after losing two and drawing one of their 9 league games ahead of this match. They have been inconsistent having lost to Wolves at home only two matchdays ago.
They would have been delighted to see Liverpool drop two points at Old Trafford last weekend and would be looking to take advantage of that and half the deficit further here.
City has won four and lost one of their last five games in all competition. Their first loss of the season was against a side that had just been promoted to the Premier League and they face another one here, their fans would pray it turns out better.
Aston Villa have been in fine form since they returned to the Premier League this season. They come into this game unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions and three of those games have ended in wins for them.
City score 8 unreplied goals the last two times these sides met with 4-0 the scoreline in each game. The host has won 4 and drawn one of their last 5 games against this opponent.