CommentaryReporting by Jack Mumford @mancity


Today's Matchday Live guests...

Stiliyan Petrov, Darius Vassell and one of my favourite players to ever wear a City shirt, Gareth Barry, are the Matchday Live guests today.

All three represented today's opponents while Vassell and Barry obviously wore the sky blue of City. 

For me, Barry was just as pivotal to that 2011/12 title winning side as the names we still rightly laud to this day. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing him back at the Etihad!


Superbowl Sunday

There'll be no American Football or Rihanna-based puns here today, don't worry. 

Although it's pretty clear Erling Haaland would make a fearsome opponent if you stuck a helmet on him.


Today's weather

Whisper it quietly, but it's starting to feel like spring is around the corner in Manchester.


A favoured opponent...

City have won our last 12 Premier League home games against Aston Villa, coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and secure the Premier League title on the final day last season.


The last time Villa came to the Etihad...

It was a day that City fans won't forget in a hurry...


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Two hours to kick off...

We're two hours out from another Etihad clash!

I'll be here for the rest of the day to talk you through proceedings and Matchday Live will start at 15:25, before we all give you teams news at 15:30.

Alistair Mann and Andy Morrison are on radio commentary duties during the game today.

Let's get going...


That winning feeling

It has already been a successful weekend for both our women's and Under 18 sides.

Gareth Taylor's side secured a superb 2–1 win against Arsenal in an enthralling Women's Super League clash at a sold out Academy Stadium.

Meanwhile, Ben Wilkinson's City youngsters maintained top spot in the Under 18 Premier League North table with an emphatic 4–1 home triumph over Middlesbrough.

It's a busy Sunday too. Ahead of our clash with Villa, our Elite Development Squad play host to Liverpool in a PL2  game that kicks off at 12pm and which is being screened live on CITY+ and Recast.


City's very special Jack in the box...

Ahead of this afternoon's game, club journalist Paul Brown has compiled a fascinating Long Read tracing the progress of City and England winger Jack Grealish through the eyes of the managers who have helped aid his development over the course of his career.

It's a cracking tale and one that makes for perfect prematch reading!


Gundo's call to arms

City skipper Ilkay Gundogan says past experience shows that we have the quality to launch a sustained winning streak as we seek to further close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal.

“You can see all of the efforts on the training pitch and everyone is committed to start getting on a winning streak again which we might need to compete for the title.

“It is nothing that we haven’t done in the past. We know we are able to do that.

“It is just about getting it going again and trying to get on a winning streak again.