City closed the gap to Manchester United to 12 points at the top thanks to Carlos Tevez's goal just before half time.
Read how the game unfolded in our minute-by-minute updates below.
Villa: Given, Sylla, Holman, Dawkins, Lichaj, El Ahmadi, Bowery
City: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Nasri, Sinclair, Barry, Dzeko
"It's a pity I can't be there for my team at this moment. All I can do is recover, and I'm already on it. C'mon, City!"
On target 2
On target 6