Manchester City vs. Aston Villa: Preview, TV schedule and how to watch online

Jan Kruger

Manchester City would move top of the Premier League table with just a point at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Liverpool's incredible three-goal capitulation away at Crystal Palace on Tuesday has left them just a point clear of Manchester City at the top of the table. It means the Citizens will open up a two-point advantage if they beat Aston Villa at the Etihad on Wednesday, and will go top on goal difference if they're held to a surprising draw by the mid-table Villans.

It's a game City really ought to win, despite having rarely looked at their best over the second half of the season. Villa only guaranteed their safety from relegation with a victory at home to Hull City on the weekend, and so failing to pick up all three points would be a big disappointment for Manuel Pellegrini's men.

They only have striker Sergio Agüero out through injury, with Jesús Navas and Matija Nastasić having returned from their respective problems. Villa, meanwhile, have a whole host of problems, with the long-term injured trio of Christian Benteke, Libor Kozák and Jores Okore still out, and Gabriel Agbonlahor facing a late fitness test on a knee injury.

Manchester City injuries and suspensions

Out: Sergio Agüero (hamstring). In doubt: None.

Aston Villa injuries and suspensions

Out: Christian Benteke (achilles), Libor Kozák (broken leg), Jores Okore (knee), Chris Herd (personal reasons). In doubt: Gabriel Agbonlahor (knee), Joe Bennett (ankle).

Projected lineups:

Manchester City: Joe Hart; Aleksandar Kolarov, Martín Demichelis, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta; Yaya Touré, Fernandinho; Samir Nasri, David Silva, James Milner; Edin Džeko.

Aston Villa: Brad Guzan; Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar, Matthew Lowton; Ryan Bertrand, Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood, Marc Albrighton; Jordan Bowery, Andreas Weimann.

Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 7:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

TV: NBCSN (U.S.), RDS, TSN (Canada), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.)

Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)

Listings via LiveSoccerTV.

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