City welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad today as our Premier League campaign continues.

A win would cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to three points, with the Merseysiders in action tomorrow against Tottenham.

All the major news outlets have been previewing the game and a manager of a rival team has his say on the title race…

Here's today's Media Watch. 

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Match Previews 

BBC Sport: City v Villa: Match Preview

Mark Lawrenson writes: “Aston Villa are on a good little run after taking seven points from their past three games, and I am sure they will have a go at Manchester City because that is the way Dean Smith likes to play.

“City's defence continues to be a talking point but regardless of whether they play with one, two or three centre-backs, they are at home and I am expecting them to win.

“Prediction: 3-1”

Evening Standard: City v Villa: Predicted lineups, team news and injury list

James Robson writes: “The return of Stones and Otamendi as a partnership following back-to-back games when City deployed Fernandinho and Rodri as a makeshift defence will give Guardiola’s side more of a settled look.

Fernandinho is likely to resume his established role at the base of midfield, while Benjamin Mendy is expected to start at left back.”

“Possible Man City XI: Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Bernardo, Aguero, Sterling”

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The Express: City v Villa match preview

Andy Wilson writes: “Manchester City predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; Gundogan, De Bruyne, D, Silva; B. Silva, Sterling, Aguero


The Express: Tottenham boss give title verdict

Mauricio Pochettino says: “Of course it’s so early in the season but Liverpool and Manchester City are the clear favourites to win the title this season.”

That’s all for this morning’s Media Watch – but stay with us throughout the day as we bring you minute-by-minute coverage of the game against Aston Villa on our Matchday Centre.

And don’t forget: you can now enjoy full match replays on our Man City for TV app the day after the game!