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EPL: Man City beat Aston Villa to go 11 points clear


Manchester City regained their 11 points lead over closest rival, Manchester United, after they secured a 2-1 comeback against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The Villans took the game to City from the start and got rewarded just 20 seconds into the game after John McGinn gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.

A miscued interception from John Stones allowed Ollie Watkins to pick up a long pass from Tyronne Mings before teeing McGinn who beat Ederson to find the back of the net.

The lead only lasted 22 minutes before the hosts restored parity through youngster Phil Foden who was set up by Portuguese winger, Bernado Silva.

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Silva was at work again 20 minutes later as he bagged his second assist of the night leading to Rodri’s 40th-minute goal through a header.

The hosts were however left stunned two minutes after taking the lead when John Stones was shown a straight red for a reckless tackle on 19-year-old Jacob Ramsey.

With City reduced to 10 men, Villa were hoping to pull level in the second half with a one-man advantage but it wasn’t to be as the visitors were also reduced by a man in the 57th minute.

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Matty Cash’s reckless tackle on Foden in CIty’s half earned him his second yellow and a red card after only receiving his first booking for a cynical foul on the youngster.

City kept pushing but failed to add to their tally on the night as they go 11 points clear of second-placed United who have a game at hand, as they edge closer to winning the 2020/21 EPL season.

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Man City have won each of their last 10 Premier League away games, becoming the first team to win 10 in a row on the road in the competition on more than one occasion (won 11 in a row between May-December 2017).

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Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has lost all five games against Man City during his managerial career – the most games he has managed against a single opponent losing 100% of those matches.

Aston Villa have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League games against the league leaders, with those defeats coming by an aggregate score of 24-6.