Struggling Aston Villa welcome defending champions Manchester City to Villa Park in the Premier League encounter on Saturday at late kick-off.
Steven Gerrard’s side suffered three consecutive defeats after 2-1 to early pacesetters Arsenal, while Pep Guardiola’s men put six past Nottingham Forest without reply in midweek ahopinging to return to the top of the summit for 24 hours at least.
Aston Villa are winless in their last 11 top-flight meetings with Manchester City (D1, L10), losing each of the last seven by an aggregate score of 22-5.
The home side have lost half of their 32 top-flight fixtures under Steven Gerrard (W11, D5).
Aston Villa have lost 15 of their last 16 Premier League games against the reigning champions, with the exception of the 7-2 victory over Liverpool in October 2020.
Defeat would see Aston Villa lost five of their opening six top-flight matches for the first time since 1986-87, a season which saw them finish bottom.
Manchester City have won 14 of their last 16 league games against Villa (D1, L1) – their only defeat in this run was a 3-2 loss at Villa Park in September 2013.
Guardiola’s men have a better record against Villans than any other side after claiming 28 Premier League wins over Gerard’s side.
Manchester City are unbeaten in 20 Premier League away games (W15, D5) – there have only been four instances of longer such runs in the competition.
Defending champoin’s haul of 19 goals is their highest after five games of a league season.