Man City fall to a rampant Villa. What could be wrong with City’s League form?

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Aston Villa extended their remarkable winning home Premier League (PL) run stretched to 14 games, after securing a 1-0 victory over Man City.

Man City looked obviously unstable in the opening stages of the game at Villa Park, and were lucky not to fall behind early, as Ederson produced two fine stops to deny Leon Bailey and Pau Torres.

City who played in the absence of Rodri, among several other key first-team players didn’t look coordinated as they were just fortunate to even get into the break levelled after Douglas Luiz put the ball in the back of the net, only for it to be ruled out after the ball ran out of play before he turned home Lucas Digne’s cross.

With both sides separated by one point and one place before the game, there was also little to separate them on the field of play as Aston Villa posed a threat close to the hour mark, when John McGinn worked a yard in the box and curled a right-footed effort inches wide of the post.

Prior to the game, Villa boss Emery, had never beaten Guardiola in 13 meetings, but it was put to an end to that record when Bailey’s strike deflected in off Rúben Dias with Ederson rooted to the spot.

Villa didn’t relax after taking the lead as they defended it and also came close to doubling their advantage when McGinn was first to a loose ball and forced yet another save out of Ederson.

City are now 4th in the league standings, and have failed to get a win in 4 consecutive league matches.