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Mike Henson, Marc Higginson and Richard Winton

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  1. Post update

    It is a corking day of top-flight football tomorrow.

    Manchester United will have their mettle tested by Everton in the lunchtime kick-off.

    Then the focus switched south with Tottenham at home to Southampton and Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea taking on Arsenal. Both start at 14:05 BST.

    West Ham v QPR? It is the fruit salad of desserts, but we'll take it.

    See you there.

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    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage: "Manchester City can't defend on the break. Stoke went through them. Totti ran through their defence in midweek. Chelsea, on the break, went through them with Schurrle. Chelsea can defend. It is easier to score against City than Chelsea. I also think Chelsea will score more goals."

  3. Post update

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage: "I think Chelsea will win the league this year by five or six points. Because last year they had the best defensive record and had the best record against all the top teams. This year they have added one of the best goalkeepers in the world and one of the best midfielders."

  4. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    Premier League table

    Two points off the top after seven games without really hitting warp-speed. Would City fans have taken that at the start of the season?

    Or, with Chelsea in scintillating form and with a game in hand, might they have already ceded title-deciding ground?

  5. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    James Milner

    Owen Hargreaves, Scott Sinclair , Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas - just some of the midfielders that have been brought to Manchester City since James Milner arrived from Villa.

    The ever-dependable England man is still doing a job though. More than that in fact in recent weeks.

    His good form continued against his old club. He created eight chances for City. David Silva was the next highest with three.

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    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "When we have just eight minutes to go you are a little worried but I trusted that one of those chances would be scored because we have important players to do that.

    "The way we played was the most important thing for me, we had 70% possession, created chances and that is very encouraging.

    "I have told the players that in May you are going to win or lose the Premier League by just a point or so, so every one you drop on the way makes it more difficult.

    "It is very difficult to recover the points against a team like Chelsea and the only way to do it is to win every game."

  7. Text us on 81111

    Tom, Manchester: Milner and Silva have been sublime today! All of Aguero's frustration from the missed chances all came flooding out in that celebration. Hopefully Yaya's goal gives him that confidence of last season back .

  8. Manager reaction

    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    Paul Lambert

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I thought it was a big effort from us, we defended strongly but they have quality all over the pitch and we were dead all over the pitch by the end.

    "Gabriel Agbonlahor felt light-headed in the warm-up and it would have been too much to ask Christian Benteke to start.

    "We were in that game for 82 minutes. We have played the top four in the league last season already, but we have come through it without any of them having beaten us badly."

  9. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City goalscorer Yaya Toure speaking to Sky Sports: "It is a fantastic win and after the draw against Roma. Full credit to Villa for the way they played but in the second half we did the job. The most important thing for me is to try my best. I need to work harder and continue going and the most important thing for me and the team is to repeat what we did last year."

  10. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    BETH SMITH: I feel sorry for villa. Thought they would hold on. they played really well today until the last 10 mins

    Tom Castle: Lambert's tactical change with 20 minutes remaining has cost Villa again. Repeat of Chelsea match.

    IMMSY: An arsenal win could just restart the league from scratch after the international break

  11. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    It is a five in seven for Sergio Aguero in the Premier League so far this season - level with Saido Berahino and Leonardo Ulloa, but three short of Diego Costa and his serious bout of goal incontinence.

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    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    Man city stats

    Big numbers from City, who kept hammering away and hit goals just in time.

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    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "It was very hard fought for City. To Villa's credit they had a game-plan which they stuck to rigidly and was hard for City to break down. But it is easier to break that down when you have special players. You feel the constant pressure and probing paid off and while it took time that is what happened and from the moment Toure scored the game was won."


    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    Good things come to those that wait. City drink down three points as their patience is rewarded. An assignment completed in very professional style.

    Manchester City celebrate their 2-0 win over Aston Villa
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    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    There are large patches of light blue seats appearing at Villa Park as some of the home fans head off early to beat the traffic.

  16. Four minutes of injury-time

    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

    "Keano, Keano, what's the score?" Manchester City fans ask the Aston Villa assistant for an update as we enter the first of four minutes of injury time.

  17. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hashim Albahbahani: City deserve the win, but the scoreline surely flatters them.

    Akude Emeka O: Agueroooooooooo. Simply special. Fantastic strike.

    Tunde Akere: AVFC lost against CFC, AFC and MCFC, conceding 7 goals.The difference between top teams and d so called small teams is massive

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero scores
  18. GOAL

    Aston Villa 0-2 Man City - Sergio Aguero (88 mins)

    Sergio Aguero celebrates

    Start the car, this one is done and dusted. Sergio Aguero is picked out on the edge of the area by a zipped James Milner pass and does superbly to hold Nathan Baker and Philippe Senderos at bay and ping a shot into the far corner.

    That is the Argentine's 81st goal for City in 131 games.

  19. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    QPR midfielder Joseph Barton:: Great finish from Yaya Toure. How good has David Silva been tonight? #exceptional

  20. Post update

    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Lines are open for 606 with Darren Fletcher and Robbie Savage.

    A listener has asked "Who will be the next Liverpool captain when Steven Gerrard retires?"

    Savage believes Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge should be in the England squad if Andros Townsend is. Do you agree?

    And what is your best/most bizarre story when travelling abroad to watch football? Get in touch, 0500 909 693, 85058 or @bbc606.

  21. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-1 Man City

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Villa Park

    "Yaya Toure has had his fair share of critics in the first few games of this season but the Manchester City fans who are very loudly singing his name following that vital goal do not appear to be among them. As well as joy, relief is the over-riding emotion among the travelling supporters - there had seemed just no way through that Villa defence."

  22. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Aashish: Yaya just threw cake in his critics faces

    Mufc Believer: Did City send in a birthday cake through a ball boy?


    Aston Villa 0-1 Man City

    Manchester City were preparing to bring on Stevan Jovetic as an extra attacker in a late siege. But, after Yaya Toure's probable winner, they opt instead to bring on Jesus Navas for David Silva.

  24. Post update

    Wondering what the different Premier League managers made of today's action? Well, wonder no more. Videos are available at the top of this live text by hitting the 'highlights' tab. Enjoy.

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    Aston Villa 0-1 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "That is what Yaya Toure can do. It is out of nothing. Very few players can do what he has just done. He just guided past the diving right hand of Guzan. It is a special goal from a special player, who hasn't been looking special but when required can pull a team out of trouble."

    Manchester City celebrate Yaya Toure's goal
  26. GOAL

    Aston Villa 0-1 Man City - Yaya Toure (82 mins)

    Aston Villa's concentration and organisation finally break down and it is Yaya Toure who punishes their lapse.

    The Ivorian picks his way to the edge of the box and, with the Villa defenders on their heels, has time to curl a precise shot around Philippe Senderos and into the bottom corner past a despairing Brad Guzan.

  27. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Frank Lampard has a shot blocked, Yaya Toure sees a cross headed clear by Jack Grealish and it is beginning to feel like one of those days for City.

    Eleven minutes to go.

    Jack Grealish of Aston Villa tackles Manchester City's Frank Lampard
  28. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Villa are well-organised. They get 10 men behind the ball and slip into a back six easily and comfortably. The three in front harass and they are proving very difficult to break down."

  29. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    City stats

    Manchester City are clocking up possession and shots, but the goal column remains untouched.

  30. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    MBEHAN: Good open game but what has happened to Yaya Toure the word class midfielder average at best now

    Naveed Afzal: As much as I want Man City to drop points how good is David Silva. Every touch has a purpose and some of those touches majestic

  31. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Philippe Senderos is suffering from a timely bit of cramp, limping back into position and giving Brad Guzan an excuse to delay over a free-kick.


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    A bullet header from Eliaquim Mangala is matched the cat-like reflexes of Brad Guzan who flies left to, not only get a hand to it, but hold onto it as well.

    Villa have a little under 20 minutes to hang on. Or perhaps do even more...


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Paul Lambert makes a double change to try and get his side off the ropes and back into the game.

    Jack Grealish and Leandro Bacuna are on in place of Kieran Richardson and Charles N'Zogbia.

  34. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City are peppering the Villa goal. David Silva opens his foot to steer James Milner's cross goalwards, but gets his angles askew, the ball sliding off his side-foot and wide.

    Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan
  35. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Stuart Barnes: Dare I say it, Tom Cleverley looks pretty decent in a Villa shirt.

    Wale ibraheem: Paul Lambert of Villa is now more matured and intelligent. He knows when and which team to attack and when to be aggressive.

    James Cox: Villa look like they could have got away without Christian Benteke all season - with him they are Europe contenders for sure!

  36. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    A twinkle-toed little jink through a corridor of space in the Aston Villa defence from David Silva ends with the Spaniard curling a tame shot into the body of Brad Guzan in goal.

    City need a moment of brilliance to unlock the solid ranks of claret and blue, That was nearly it.

  37. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Frank Lampard's in the centre-forward role now. And Pablo Zabaleta must be 50 yards up the field. They are all going forward. City have come here to win, they haven't come to settle for a 0-0 draw."


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    As David Silva sweeps a curling free-kick over the bar, Manuel Pellegrini calls for a change.

    Off comes Edin Dzeko and Fernando is on. Will that free up Yaya Toure a little more to bomb on? City have come off the boil since Fernandinho was forced off, They maybe missed an anchorman in the middle.

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    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Villa are beginning to believe because at the other end City are not scoring, despite all the advantage they have had. Since Frank Lampard has come on James Milner is playing a lot narrower. So City have made changes to accommodate Lampard in the hope he will get one of his goals."

  40. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport

    The whole stadium - apart from the corner holding the travelling Manchester City fans - was on its feet to welcome Christian Benteke back into action, and huge cheers welcomed his first touch. After surviving so much pressure, Aston Villa have been growing in belief in the last few minutes and the return of their talisman striker will only increase their confidence.

  41. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Henry: Makes me laugh when fans slate a side like Villa for playing defensively against City - do you even know what tactics are? Sigh

    Matthew Vins: Re: Andy at 18:32 - Villa buck the trend of tiring with no possession. We rarely have 40%, and beat Liverpool with 25%


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    That is the last involvement from Andreas Weimann. He is withdrawn and Christian Benteke, out with a torn Achilles since April, makes his return to action. He gets a big welcome from the home fans.

  43. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Andreas Weimann gets his head to a swirling delivery from Tom Cleverley but can only direct his glancing effort wide of the far post.


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Fernandinho has come down awkwardly on his ankle as he jumped to contest a header. As he limps to the sidelines, Frank Lampard gets his gear off and is introduced into the action.

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    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "This is very worrying, Aston Villa are going through the Man City midfield far too easily. There is too large a gap between Yaya Toure and Fernandinho. And now Fernandinho seems to be indicating he wants to come off. Even if he wasn't injured I would bring Frank Lampard on."

  46. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Give it, give it, GIVE IT! Charles N'Zogbia's twisting and turning run on the break, sucks in defenders, leaving Andreas Weimann begging for the ball in glorious isolation outside him. The pass never comes though and Vincent Kompany slides in to take the ball and snuff out the counter-attack.

  47. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Sergio Aguero doesn't usually miss in those situations. I was just waiting for the inside net to ripple, it didn't, and it came back out off the post.

    "A great start to the second half of the game. If City keep this up, surely it is only a matter of time before Villa crack."

    Sergio Aguero hits the post for Manchester City
  48. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Now we have. David Silva spins sharply in the box, getting off a shot between the legs of a defender. An unsighted Brad Guzan is equal to it though, getting down to paw the ball away to safety.


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Chance, big chance! Sergio Aguero clean through from James Milner's sliderule pass and the Argentine tries to measure his finish as accurately. His side-foot effort smacks against the foot of the post though and we still have not had a shot on target.

  50. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Stavros Makrozachopo: What happened to Paul Lambert of Norwich with the attacking, aggressive football? Ultra defensive now, ultra cautious. Shame

    Andy John: Dzeko and Aguero seem to lack a bit of chemistry at times. Both notch fairly regularly but are they good for the team together?

    Andy Kidd: Villa to tire, Silva to find a yard and Agüero to nick it for city. 60:40 possession will take its toll

  51. KICK-OFF

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    We are back up and running.

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini
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    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Vincent Kompany is the kind of guy you admire whoever you support isn't he? The City skipper slaps Edin Dzeko and Yaya Toure on the back as he gees up his team-mates on his way back out onto the Villa Park pitch.

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    Steve Huish, Surbiton: Amazing City may not have scored and Toure not playing well but City still retain 69% possession.

    Tony Cocozza: Might as well hand the title to Chelsea now. The rest are nowhere near.

  54. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Nathan Baker

    Good shout George Hill.

    Nathan Baker has been a great big Ron Vlaar-style rock at the back.

    The Villa defender has made 11 clearances in the first half - five more than any other player on the pitch. He also leads his side in interceptions, making five so far.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Karl Cobane: Edin Dzeko should have a hat-trick by now, but he will score one in the second half, and everyone will forget about the misses as usual.

    Ijaz: Good pressure from Man City, have to keep this up in the second half. Three important points at stake before Chelsea's big game tomorrow.

    George Hill: Nathan Baker having a cracker so far.

    Join the debate on #bbcfootball on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only), or via the BBC Sport Facebook page and Google+ pages.

  56. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Roy Keane

    Any department stores with a Santa vacancy? Put this man in your grotto and watch the spoilt kids which make Christmas shopping even more stressful put back on the straight and narrow.

  57. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    West Brom were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon, with goals from Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson, either side of a Saido Berahino penalty, consigning them to defeat...

    West Brom midfielder Craig Gardner: Thought we battled very well today unlucky not to get a result. The fans were class as usual have a safe trip back.

  58. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Villa Park

    "The first half has largely been about Manchester City's attack against Aston Villa's defence but the visitors are yet to find way through Villa's determined back-line - for all of City's possession and pressure they are yet to force Brad Guzan into a save.

    "Villa boss Paul Lambert has spent most of the first 45 minutes on the touchline yelling encouragement to his players, like them he could probably do with a sit-down at half-time."

    Manchester City playmaker David Silva
  59. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Villa-City stats

    Twelve shots, but not one that Brad Guzan has had to dirty his gloves on. City need to sharpen their focus in the second half.

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    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Aston Villa have withstood tremendous pressure as the half has worn on, full credit to the two centre-backs Nathan Baker and Philippe Senderos, and the goalkeeper Brad Guzan. They have kept their team in it. It has been a spirited performance from Villa, Man City have been in the ascendancy but could not find a way through, and Joe Hart has been untroubled."


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Aly Cissokho thrusts his head out to divert Edin Dzeko's powerful goal-bound nod behind as the half-time whistle sounds.

  62. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Aston Villa are pinned back, hanging on for the half-time whistle. James Milner hits the wrong side of the side netting before Aleksandar Kolorov sees the ball deflect behind off a defender

  63. Five to go

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Nathan Baker earns a ripple of applause from the Holte End as he nicks the ball off Sergio Aguero's toe in the box. Excellent defending, he had to get that just right or it could have been spot-kick central.

    Five to go in the first half.

  64. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Edin Dzeko again wants a little too much time in the box, controlling James Milner's cross, and then taking an extra touch which allows a claret and blue cloud to descend on him and take the sting out of his shot.

    Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is closed down by Aston Villa
  65. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Vincent Kompany gets caught dithering on the ball and Aston Villa have City on the rack as Andreas Weimann advances to the edge of the box. Who is this thundering up behind him though?

    It is the imposing figure of Yaya Toure who gets back to pick Weimann's pocket and halt the attack.

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany
  66. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Aleksandar Kolorov argues his way to the front of the queue for a free-kick 30 yards from goal, but his effort is always curling the wrong way.

  67. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    The Weasel: Who's that marauding down the right for Aston Villa? He reminds me of a certain German full-back. It's Hutton dressed as Lahm.

  68. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park:"Edin Dzeko did the hard bit to bring the ball down so well, but he snapped at the finish.

    "In City's system where the two full-backs are pushed high and wide there is a gap down the middle of the defence like the Mersey tunnel. You have to have a player like Vincent Kompany, who reads the situation so well, to defend it. He looks to be in a purple patch here today. Alan Hutton's cross (18:02) is the closest Villa have come in these first 35 minutes."

  69. MISS!

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    The best chance of the game so far. Edin Dzeko does well to sell Nathan Baker into a sliding block with a drop of the shoulder, but then clumps his finish high over the top.

    He had a bit of space in the box there and that has been a rare bit of real estate so far.

  70. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Hull beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday through goals from Mohamed Diame and Nikica Jelavic to pick up three points for the first time since the opening day of the season...

    Hull's Ahmed Elmohamady: It's always good to get three points before international, great performance from everyone today and great fans!

    Hull's Curtis Davies: Great 3 points today & long overdue clean sheet! Had to be patient with how they get behind the ball but paid off in the end.

  71. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Surely that is a cross? Alan Hutton boots the ball into the penalty area from way out left and 40 yards from goal and briefly it looks like it might float over Joe Hart and in.

    As it lands on the roof of the net, he looks ready to say he meant it. Not sure his claims would be as convincing as Ronaldinho's in 2002.

  72. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    At five foot and not a lot, Sergio Aguero doesn't get much practice, but that is a decent header.

    The Argentine gives a whipped Aleksandar Kolorov cross the deftest of eyebrows and his effort floats only just over the top.

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero
  73. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Charles N'Zogbia shakes a leg to get the likes of Sam (below) interested.

    The Aston Villa man picks up the ball near the centre circle, drives at the City box and, encountering no resistence, lets fly from 25 yards.

    He catches it sweetly, but it is a foot or two wide of Joe Hart's post.

  74. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Villa Park

    "Manchester City have dominated possession so far, enjoying 60% of the ball, but that won't bother Villa boss Paul Lambert too much - when his side won this fixture last season, they did it with just 33% possession, their lowest total of the entire campaign. It's what you do with the ball what counts and, so far, most of City's many passing moves have broken down on the edge of the Villa area."


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Aleksandar Kolorov is the first name into Chris Foy's little black book. He earns his yellow as much for an earlier foul on Tom Cleverley as another mis-timed slide.

  76. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Under normal circumstances it was right for a shot but David Silva spotted Sergio Aguero's good run and thought it was a better option. Obviously Brad Guzan spotted it too, and the Villa keeper snuffed it out quickly."

  77. Manager reaction

    Hull 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Hull 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "The first goal was always going to be vital and we didn't take our chances.

    "In the 40th minute there was a blatant elbow from Michael Dawson on Fraizer Campbell. I have seen red cards given for less than that and the referee (Mike Dean) doesn't even see it.

    "It is OK the ref seeing pulling shirts but the elbows are the ones you've got to spot, and he is one of our top referees.

    "In the first minute there was a bodycheck by James Chester outside the box and he wasn't booked for it. I can't understand it.

    "If the players can continue to give me what they gave today then I can't complain. We upped our game after we conceded. We could have done a little bit more before that I think.

    "When you lose a game of football at this level, you are all disappointed and that's how it should be."

  78. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    After a cagey start, it is starting to open up a little. Joe Hart does well to claim a cross before David Silva almost slips Sergio Aguero in behind at the other end. Brad Guzan is off the blocks swiftly to smother the throughball.

  79. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Villa are expending an awful lot of energy pressing City, who are passing it all around the pitch. They are certainly making Villa do the chasing."

  80. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Yaya Toure

    Manchester City are playing in their dark-blue fade of an away kit. It is an opinion-splitter on the BBC Sport desk. Some are ranking it alongside Newcastle's lime and liquorice effort from earlier today, while others are confirmed fans.


  81. Manager reaction

    Sunderland 3-1 Stoke City

    Sunderland 3-1 Stoke City

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We didn't deserve anything out of the game. We got off to a bad start and in away games in the Premier League you have to give yourselves a platform. We got back in it but the next opportunity they created they get another goal.

    "It wasn't the best game in the world. On the day it was poor fayre from arguably both teams but we were poorer than Sunderland. Every time we allowed them an opportunity they took it so congratulations to them but we weren't at the level we needed to be at.

    "We were probing, had a vast amount of possession but didn't have that cutting edge. We've played a lot better than that. They've picked up three points and in all honesty we haven't made it that difficult."

  82. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Villa Park

    Villa Park

    "Villa Park is far from full but there is still a decent atmosphere here, helped by the Manchester City fans who have not stopped singing since kick-off - their topics include Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany. Their Villa counterparts have been quieter but the Holte End has very loudly questioned whether City had as many followers before their recent success, and their chances of winning the Champions League. Just not in so many words."

  83. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Yaya Toure's pass to Sergio Aguero, under little pressure, runs behind the Argentine and out of play to sarcastic cheers from the home fans. Toure puts his hand up to apologise.

  84. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City are making inroads down the Villa right as Alan Hutton finds he has his hands full with runners coming at him from every angle. Aleksandar Kolorov has space to get in a cross, but his effort is over-hit with Edin Dzeko lurking in the middle.

  85. Manager reaction

    Hull 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Hull 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Hull manager Steve Bruce: "It was an important result for us because it has been so unlike us in recent weeks to let leads slip and concede goals.

    "We've had success by being resolute and difficult to beat. So the clean sheet pleased me because we have worked hard and gone back to a tried and tested 3-5-2 system, and it worked.

    "We have some tough games coming up against Arsenal and Liverpool, which is an awful run of games, but that's the league we are in. It is important to get to the amount of points we have, though we could have been in a far better position."

  86. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Which Eliaquim Mangala are we going to get today? The supreme modern centre-half we saw against Chelsea or the rick-waiting-to-happen that played against Hull?

    He has been cool and calm so far, ushering the ball away from Andreas Weimann.

    Manchester City centre back Eliaquim Mangala
  87. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "When Aleksandar Kolarov gets into space goalkeepers must tremor. This one beat Brad Guzan for sheer power and cannoned back off the outside of the post."


    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    City are starting to turn the screw.

    Ashley Westwood flings himself in the way of a Sergio Aguero shot and from the loose ball Aleksandar Kolorov rattles the outside of the post with a solid rising drive.

    It found the woodwork via a deflection off Alan Hutton and I think Brad Guzan had it covered anyway.

  89. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Man City have started at a high tempo, which has become a regular feature of their game. But in midweek they scored early but couldn't maintain it, and the same happened at Hull where they begin with a blistering pace. Today, while they have not yet threatened Brad Guzan's goal, they have started at a very swift pace once again."

    Manchester City's Yaya Toure beats Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley to the ball
  90. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    There are a few empty seats at Villa Park. It's Birmingham so I imagine there are some traffic problems.

    Otherwise - visit of the champions after a strong start to the season - you have to hope for a full house.

  91. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

    Did you enjoy your win today, Liverpool fans? Why not listen to the commentary of today's goals from Anfield in this short BBC Radio 5 live clip.

  92. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Nathan Baker does well to block a shot on the edge of the Aston Villa box, but the hosts are given a chance to relieve the first bit of pressure in the match as Aleksander Kolorov catches Tom Cleverley late to give away a free-kick.

    Aston Villa's Nathan Baker heads the ball
  93. Player reaction

    Hull 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Hull 2-0 Crystal Palace

    Hull goalscorer Mohamed Diame, who now has three in four games since signing for the club: "We deserved it.

    "The clean sheet was good. We have conceded a lot of goals lately and so the clean sheet was important and we are looking forward to the next game.

    "I am happy about scoring another goal. I am a midfielder and all midfielders need to score goals. It is important for my confidence and I am happy and hopeful I can score more goals.

    "It was important to win this game because after the international break we have Arsenal and Liverpool, which aren't easy games, so this is good for the confidence."

  94. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Ashley Westwood make his presence felt, handing off David Silva rugby-style as the pair contest a midfield ball. Chris Foy is happy to let it go. Silva spends a couple of seconds checking all his features are where they should be still.

  95. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    BBC Radio

    BBC Radio Manchester summariser Fred Eyre at Villa Park: "Aston Villa have just had a big upset in the warm-up with Gabriel Agbonlahor, who was really the main striker in the absence of Christian Benteke.

    "I'm very happy with the Man City line-up, and I expected Eliaquim Mangala to come back - you don't spend that amount of money on a player and not give them time on the pitch."

  96. Post update

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    It looks like Andreas Weimann is Villa's furtherest man forward, with Kieran Richardson and Charles N'Zogbia sitting in behind.

    City have lined up with a meat-and-potatoes 4-4-2. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko doing the little-and-large partnership up front.

  97. Manager reaction

    Swansea 2-2 Newcastle

    Alan Pardew

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "The comeback showed great spirit and character. Swansea keep possession so well and it's difficult but we really dug in and carried a little more threat today.

    "There's always pressure when you're behind in a game but it's my job to try and lift the players and make sure there's fight in their belly. The confidence will get better and this will give us belief. They've been good in training but you can see on the pitch that they are under a little bit of stress but they responded really well today."

  98. KICK-OFF

    Aston Villa 0-0 Man City

    Chris Foy toots his whistle and we are up and running.

  99. Post update

    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    Villa Park is in fine voice as Paul Lambert strides down the touchline to exchange pleasantries with his opposite number.

    Manuel Pellegrini and his assistant have broken out the duvet jackets. They have gone early for me there. Only the start of October.

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellgrini at Villa Park
  100. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

    Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

    West Brom manager Alan Irvine: "I was disappointed in how we used the ball in the first half. I was disappointed we didn't show enough courage on the ball. I challenged the players to be braver at half-time and in the second half we gave Liverpool a difficult game. From our point of view, we've got a few things we're disappointed with."

    Irvine on the Baggies' penalty: "From where I was I couldn't be sure whether it was inside or out. Having been given it, for Saido Berahino to step up and take it with such confidence was great. He practises and he gets the benefit of all that practice. I thought he worked the centre-halves extremely well. His movement for a young player is very good. "

  101. Post update

    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    This Aston Villa line-up is a moveable feast.

    The Villa Park stadium announcer says Gabriel Agbonlahor was injured in the warm-up, rather than suffering from a return of the bug.

    Jack Grealish is promoted to the bench with Andreas Weimann in the starting XI.

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    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    DSM: Easy Aston Villa win today, i can just see it happening!

    Robert Griffin: Baker in the starting XI always makes me feel uneasy... #AVFC

  103. Post update

    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    Prior to the virus that hit Aston Villa's Bodymoor like headlice at a primary school, Villa has taken 10 points from the first 12 on offer.

    Since the outbreak they have been beaten 3-0 by both Arsenal and Chelsea.

    Even that sounds like a good effort to me. I can hardly get downstairs with a dose of manflu..

  104. Manager reaction

    Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

    Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was very satisfying. We had to show big character today. West Brom were arriving here on the back of a number of good results. I thought the resilience of the players was fantastic and we were helped by the crowd because they realised the team needed a lift. It was a big win for us.

    "All being well we'll have all the players back against QPR and that's important to us. Daniel Sturridge and Joe Allen, we have missed his intensity and technical quality. When you lose someone like Luis Suarez it's going to take time to adjust, but the players here are magnificent, great quality and character, they had to dig in and got the result.

    "We showed great potential against Tottenham and once we get all the players back and we can rotate the squad a bit better that will help us. It's been frustrating, we had to make changes in the summer, to strengthen the squad and we missed a world class striker. We will get better as we go on."

  105. Post update

    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    Jonathan Pearce

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Villa Park

    "On paper this should be Manchester City's sixth league win in their last seven games against a Villa side that suffered potentially demoralising 3-0 defeats in the last two matches.

    "But I'm not too sure.

    "The reigning champions have been below their best since losing in Munich last month. Their self-belief has been dented.

    "Manchester City have the sumptuous skills and overall strength to suddenly hit form and smack in five or six against anyone. Villa, though, are better than those defeats against the Gunners and at Stamford Bridge suggest. They could create a shock in this one."

  106. Post update

    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Villa Park

    Villa Park

    "Huge cheers for Christian Benteke when his name is read out by the stadium announcer at Villa Park. The Belgian striker is on the bench after missing Villa's last 14 Premier League games with an Achilles injury, and is looking spritely in the warm-up. The sun is still shining here, incidentally, but it has gone decidedly chilly."

  107. Manager reaction

    Sunderland 3-1 Stoke City

    Sunderland 3-1 Stoke City

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I love winning, I hate losing. It was incredible. It wasn't our best game but we were outstanding in front of goal. They are happy boys now. The start looks different, it looks more than decent.

    "They (the players) want to be on the front page of the newspaper tomorrow.

    "When I'm wrong I take responsibility. It's nice when it works. Something was missing - we were good but couldn't score. We started Fletch and it worked. I am sure we will play better but it's a good day.

    "Before today it was no wins. Now we have only lost one in seven. I don't remember the last time I was that calm at the end of a game."

  108. Villa make late change

    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    Looks like the virus that swept through Aston Villa's training ground a couple of weeks ago has not gone for good.

    Gabriel Agbonlahor is ill so has been replaced in the starting line-up by Andreas Weimann.

    Villa's starting line-up now reads: Guzan, Hutton, Senderos, Baker, Cissokho, Cleverley, Westwood, Delph, N'Zogbia, Richardson, Weimann.

    No news on who, if anyone, steps up to take the spare seat on the Villa bench.

  109. Manager reaction

    Swansea 2-2 Newcastle

    Garry Monk

    Swansea manager Garry Monk: "We should have won the game. The two times we didn't concentrate we were punished but one point is better than none.

    "The possession was so easy that our concentration lapsed a little. We talked about managing the game properly but we didn't do it. We had chances to put the game to bed and didn't so we ran the risk of that happening."

  110. Post update

    Sunderland 3-1 Stoke City

    Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane

    Final Score

    "Sunderland needed goals from Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher and they got them from both today. Overall they will be delighted. They didn't start particularly well, but they grew into it as it went on and deserved the win."

  111. Post update

    Leicester 2-2 Burnley

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

    Final Score

    "Ross Wallace, what a fantastic free-kick it was from him. It just knocked the stuffing right out of Leicester. They beat Manchester United at home not so long ago and they really should have won again today. A great result for Burnley."

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    Sufyaan: Liverpool one point of third place. Crisis? What crisis?

    Abhishek: One of these days I am going to end up in ICU. Liverpool fans will have a seperate wing

    MJC1973: Well a win is a win but we really make it hard for ourselves #LFC

  113. "See you out there"

    Right now somewhere behind the scenes at Villa Park, Villa assistant manager Roy Keane and Manchester City development manager Patrick Vieira are probably bumping chests over a pre-match buffet.

    Obviously, obviously, no-one likes to see scuffles in the tunnel, but it has been a long time since we have seen two warriors going at from the off like those two did in February 2005.

    Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane
  114. Post update

    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Villa Park

    Aston Villa match programme

    "The visit of champions Manchester City is the latest in a vicious run of fixtures for Aston Villa, who have just played the three other teams from last season's top four, beating Liverpool but losing to Arsenal and Chelsea. "I've not known a sequence of games like it," writes Villa boss Paul Lambert in his programme notes, but he is still confident of ending it with another victory.

    "We never set our stall out to do anything but win and we know we've done this before by coming from behind here twice last season to overcome City in a thrilling game," Lambert explains. "If we do get something that we can hang on to today, we believe we can go again and take it."

  115. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 West Brom

    This one's for Roy from Croydon.

    Liverpool 2-1 West Brom
  116. European football result

    Valencia 3-1 Atletico Madrid

    Spanish La Liga

    Valencia celebrate

    It's all over in the Mestalla, where Valencia have stunned Atletico Madrid with a 3-1 victory over the Spanish champions.

    The hosts went 3-0 up inside 13 minutes, thanks to Miranda's own goal, an Andre Gomes strike and Nicolas Otamendi's header. Atletico striker Mario Mandzukic pulled one back for the visitors, who also missed a penalty when Diego Alves saved Guilherme Siqueira's spot-kick.

  117. Football League round-up

    League Two

    Bury go top of the bottom tier with a 2-0 win over north-west rivals Tranmere. An equaliser in the eighth minute of injury-time hands Wycombe a dramatic 1-1 draw against top-six rivals Northampton and keeps the Chairboys in second place.

    At the bottom, three second-half goals help Carlisle cruise past Hartlepool and climb off the foot of the Football League. The crushing 3-0 defeat means the home side sink to the bottom instead.

    Five other sides - Accrington, Oxford, Plymouth, Morecambe and Luton - are also celebrating victories.

  118. Post update

    Aston Villa v Man City (17:30 BST)

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at Villa Park

    Aston Villa v Man City

    Manchester City arrive at a sunny Villa Park looking for a win to put some pressure on leaders Chelsea, and hoping to find some form after a sluggish start to the defence of their title. A clean sheet would help Manuel Pellegrini's men - they have not managed one of those in the Premier League or Europe since their opening game of the new campaign - but to do that they need to avoid a repeat of the disastrous defending that gifted Aston Villa victory here at a similar stage of last season.

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    Sean Cole: How about some credit now for Burnley? Fantastic result seeing as we had to start with five defenders, three wingers and two strikers.

    Nowt wrong with a good, solid 5-3-2, Sean...

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