Aston Villa vs Man City LIVE: Premier League team news, line-ups and more tonight
Manchester City travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League tonight as Pep Guardiola’s players take to the pitch for the first time since the club withdrew from the proposed European Super League yesterday evening.
City were one of six top-flight teams in England to be announced on Sunday as participants in the breakaway competition, but all six clubs backed out of The Super League last night amid great pressure from fans, pundits, players, coaches, fellow Premier League sides and clubs all around the world. Now, City’s focus can return to playing football, with Guardiola and co no doubt keen to get back to winning ways after their FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.
That loss ended City’s chances of a quadruple, but the club are still very much on track to win the Premier League title with six games remaining in the campaign – and a Carabao Cup against Spurs coming this Sunday, as well as a Champions League semi-final versus Paris Saint-Germain looming. Dean Smith’s Aston Villa, meanwhile, have eight matches left to play and would move from 11th into the top half with a win here. Follow live updates from Man City vs Aston Villa in the Premier League below at the conclusion of Tottenham vs Southampton.
46 min: A robust challenge from Ward-Prowse on Lucas Moura at the beginning of this half.
Second half kicks off. No changes for either side.
HT at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The away side have been the better side, by quite a distance. Hugo Lloris made some outstanding saves right at the beginning of the game, especially with the double save within the opening two minutes.
Tottenham have failed to get into the game. Giovanni Lo Celso has come close for Spurs, and Lucas Moura had a chance right at the end of the half, but Southampton have looked the more dangerous. Yet it remains to be seen if they can hang on to this lead.
45 min: A chance for Lucas Moura, but the Brazilian leans back too far and hits the ball over the bar from six yards out.
Let off for Southampton.
44 min: Very nearly a chance for Tottenham, as their corner lands in the middle of the Southampton box, but lucks favours the away side, as no one is there to strike.
43 min: First yellow card of the game, with the honours going to Ndombele.
42 min: Southampton nearly in again, with another long ball over the top. This time Theo Walcott just couldn’t control the ball properly. But it was a chance.
40 min: Two promising situations from Tottenham, both from free-kicks, both wasted.
Just about sums up their first half, thus far.
37 min: More good play from the away side, this time down the right-hand side. The ball finds its way to Tella, but his fierce shot is blocked, and into the arms of Lloris.
Southampton looking the more likely to score next.
32 min: Can Tottenham find a reaction from somewhere? Southampton one of the worst sides at hanging on to a lead, so history tell us that the home side can make a comeback.
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