Man City vs Aston Villa final score, result, stats, as Phil Foden dazzled with stunning hat-trick

Phil Foden’s dazzling hat-trick vindicated Pep Guardiola’s gamble to bench Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne as Manchester City ran out 4-1 winners over Aston Villa.

Sunday’s goalless draw against Arsenal, which left City third in the table behind the Gunners and Liverpool, saw Haaland and De Bruyne below their best but it still represented a huge call, for which Guardiola held a packed schedule that sees his team travel to Crystal Palace at 12:30 BST on Saturday accountable.

But the Catalan tactician has another match-winner of world-class credentials, who produced another statement performance to ensure Wednesday closed with one point separating the Premier League’s top three.

Man City vs Aston Villa final score

  Fulltime Goalscorers
Man City 4 Rodri 12′, Foden 45+1′, 62, 69
Aston Villa 1 Duran 20′

Lineups:

Man City (4-2-3-1, right to left): 18. Stefan Ortega (GK) — 82. Rico Lewis, 25. Manuel Akanji, 3. Ruben Dias, 24. Josko Gvardiol — 16. Rodri, 20. Bernardo Silva — 11. Jeremy Doku, 47. Phil Foden, 10. Jack Grealish — 19. Julian Alvarez.

Aston Villa (4-4-2 right to left): 25. Robin Olsen (GK) — 4. Ezri Konsa, 3. Diego Carlos, 17. Clement Lenglet, 12. Lucas Digne — 22. Nicolo Zaniolo, 47. Tim Iroegbunam, 6. Douglas Luiz, 27. Morgan Rogers — 19. Moussa Diaby, 24. Jhon Duran.

Julian Alvarez and Foden led the City attack and helped to inspire an effervescent start from the hosts. Jack Grealish – bizarrely booed by the away supporters as he faced his boyhood club – teed up Argentina forward Alvarez to blaze an early effort into the side netting.

Another recalled winger, Jeremy Doku, also began brightly and Rodri fired home the Belgium winger’s low cross to put the hosts in front.

It amounted to a sub-optimal start for an injury-hit Villa, who were without Emiliano Martinez after their first-choice goalkeeper was taken ill during the warmup. But Unai Emery’s Champions League chasers grew into the contest and were good value for a wonderfully worked equaliser, where Jhon Duran exchanged passes with former City youngster Morgan Rodgers to dispatch a cool finish beyond Stefan Ortega.

Grealish lost his cool as he was booked for dissent shortly after sending a bouncing volley over. Alvarez came closer, drawing a fine save from Villa keeper Robin Olsen after a give-and-go with Rico Lewis.

After seeing his depleted side go toe-to-toe with the champions, Unai Emery will have been seething at the manner of Foden’s goal. Douglas Luiz’s clumsy foul on the edge of the box was avoidable but the real culprit was Nicolo Zaniolo, who broke off the end of the wall to let the England attacker’s attempt fizz into the net.

Olsen continued to ensure Martinez wasn’t unduly missed with excellent stops to thwart Doku and Bernardo Silva early in the second period. Villa retained their threat on the break and Olsen’s opposite number Ortega had to push over from Douglas Luiz and denied Lenglet from the resulting corner.

After such nervy moments in must-win games, the greats customarily step forward to settle the argument. Foden has all the ability and aspiration to reach such lofty heights and the 23-year-old irresistibly took centre stage.

In the 62nd minute, Rodri bustled forward with balletic close control, helping the ball on for Foden to clip home his 20th goal of the season from just inside the box.

His hat-trick goal carried shades of another of English football’s standout talents of this century. There was something of Wayne Rooney’s anger-imbued volley about a stunning finish. Foden seemed irked that he was not awarded a foul after taking a tumble under a challenge from Clement Lenglet. With some assistance from the ever-tenacious Alvarez, he sprung up to dispossess substitute Calum Chambers and lash into the top corner.

Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Luton Town means they are top for now, with Liverpool expected to assume that position when they face bottom club Sheffield United on Thursday. But City remain firmly in the hunt after Foden sent the emphatic message that his boyhood club are going nowhere in this three-pronged title tussle.

MORE: Man City Premier League schedule: Remaining fixtures, points prediction

Man City vs Aston Villa kick off time

This Premier League clash takes place at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK and kicks off on Wednesday, April 3 at 8:15 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Wed, Apr. 3 3:15 p.m. ET
Canada Wed, Apr. 3 3:15 p.m. ET
UK Wed, Apr. 3 8:15 p.m. BST
Australia Thu, Apr. 4 6:15 a.m. AEDT
India Thu, Apr. 4 12:45 a.m. IST

Man City vs Aston Villa lineups, team news

City boss Pep Guardiola sprung a huge surprise when he benched Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, leaving Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden to supply the central attacking threat.

Guardiola was still without captain Kyle Walker due to injury and Stefan Ortega will fill in for Ederson between the posts once again. Nathan Ake was also absent, after being forced off in the draw with Arsenal. 

Man City (4-2-3-1, right to left): Ortega (GK) — Lewis, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol — Rodri, Silva — Doku, Foden, Grealish — Alvarez.

Man City subs (9): Carson (GK), Stones, Kovacic, Haaland, De Bruyne, Gómez, Nunes, Bobb, Susoho.

John McGinn missed out as he served the final game of a three-match ban. Matty Cash was sidelined with a thigh problem and Unai Emery was also without top scorer Ollie Watkins

Goalkeeper Emilano Martinez compounded Emery’s fitness woes when he pulled out due to illness during the warmup, meaning a second Premier league start of the season for Robin Olsen.

Aston Villa (4-4-2 right to left): Olsen (GK) — Konsa, Carlos, Lenglet, Digne — Zaniolo, Iroegbunam, Douglas Luiz, Rogers — Diaby, Duran.

Aston Villa subs (9): Gauci (GK), Tielemans, Torres, Moreno, Chambers, Kesler-Hayden, Bailey, Kellyman.

Man City vs Aston Villa stats, head to head

City hold the edge over this long rivalry in professional football.

Man City wins Draws Aston Villa wins
80 42 58
Biggest win:
6-1 (1934, 2020)
  Biggest win:
7-1 (1900)

Man City vs Aston Villa live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA Peacock
Canada

Fubo Canada

UK TNT Sports 1 discovery+
Australia Optus Sport
India JioTV, Hotstar

USA: This game is available for live streaming on the Peacock Network.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via Fubo in Canada. New users can sign up to a FREE trial.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.

UK: This match is available for live broadcast via TNT Sports with streaming options on discovery+.

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