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
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.