2.16pmManchester City maintained their unbeaten record in the league last weekend when they came from behind to beat Spurs 2-1 thanks to a late Dzeko strike. That win moved them to within two points of leaders Manchester United.
2.20pmHowever, Villa lost for the sixth time of the campaign as they were pegged back from a 2-0 lead against Manchester United to lose 3-2.
2.23pmRoberto Mancini's men come into the match today knowing that a win would take them temporarily to the top of the Premier League table, with Manchester United taking on Norwich City at Carrow Road at 5.30pm.
2.25pmIn contrast, there is a chance that Villa could find themselves in the relegation zone come the end of the weekend. They're currently just three points ahead of 18th-placed Reading, who meet Southampton this afternoon.
2.28pmIt's fair to say that it's been something of a transitional campaign for Villa as manager Paul Lambert puts his faith in youth. However, they'll be keen to earn a few more points before Christmas.
2.34pmOf course, this isn't the first time that the two teams have met this season. Villa recorded a surprise 4-2 victory at the Etihad back in September in the third round of the Capital One Cup. The visitors will surely be buoyed by that triumph, but they face a different City side this afternoon.
2.38pmCity won both fixtures against Villa last season on their way to the Premier League title. While it was a narrow 1-0 triumph at Villa Park, the Blues romped to a 4-1 victory on home turf earlier in the campaign.
2.48pmTrawling through the history book and you have to go as far back as April 2007 for Villa's last win at the Etihad - a 2-0 triumph on that occasion.
2.54pmRight, prediction time! As much as a Villa win would throw up the sort of unpredictability most football fans love to see, I find it hard to look past City in this one. If the hosts score early then Villa could be in for a long afternoon.
2.56pmThe players are in the tunnel. Joe Hart is bouncing around.
2.57pmAnd here they come to a rousing reception from the Etihad Stadium.
2.59pmThere's a big cheers for Joe Hart as his name is read out by the stadium announcer. The goalkeeper's form has been in the spotlight for the last few weeks and he was criticised again in midweek for his display in England's 4-2 defeat to Sweden. He'll be looking for a solid 90 minutes today.
3.00pmHere we go then, it''ll be Aston Villa to get us underway...
1 minCity dispossess Villa almost instantly from the kickoff and go on the attack, but the visiting defence eventually gets the ball away.
2 minFirst attempt of the afternoon comes from Maicon as the defender slices his effort woefully wide from the angle. If anything, that was hilarious.
4 minIt's a corner for City now as Maicon's deep cross is headed away by Lowton. It's played short but comes to nothing.
6 minCHANCE! Another City corner falls to Aguero, who's scuffed effort is helped forward by the head of Tevez. However, the striker flicks the ball over from close range.
8 minAs expected, it's all City at the moment. Joe Hart's had about two touches of the ball.
10 minSomething of a half chance for the hosts there as Aguero is dispossessed in the box when he was looking to turn and shoot. Some great play in the build up from Silva, who swept a wonderful cross-field pass to Nasri.
11 minA decent opening for City sees Maicon whip a ferocious cross into the box, but Tevez can't get his head to it. The Brazilian is seeing plenty of the ball down the right side.
13 minSuddenly Villa go on the attack but Benteke's shot is blocked. That was a threatening break. Someone must have told them that they were allowed in City's half.
15 minCHANCE! Villa almost take the lead as Kompany's attempted block on Lowton's cross flies towards goal but Hart shows great reflexes to palm the ball away. That came from absolutely nothing.
17 minCity earn themselves another corner at the other end, only for Guzan to collect comfortably.
19 minGREAT SAVE FROM HART! Steven curls a cross into the area which Benteke gets his head to, but the City keeper somehow claws the ball away. The visitors are making a bit of a game of it now.
20 minClichy's down now with what looks like an ankle problem...
21 minThat all came from a City attack that results in a corner. The ball is fired in and Nastasic heads over.
23 minClichy received some treatment off the pitch but is now back on.
24 minVilla, who have caused City problems on the break, have an opening at the other end as Agbonlahor's tame effort is gathered by Hart.
26 minIt looks to have gone slightly flat for City in attack before Yaya Toure has hit shot blocked. Tevez then has a crack from 25 yards which he drags wide.
29 minThat's speculative from Toure. The midfielder tries an audacious attempt from about 35 yards, but the ball keeps rising. Think that might have hit some poor soul in hospitality.
30 minHalf an hour gone here at the Etihad and it's goalless between the two sides. City are starting to look a bit one dimensional.
32 minAgbonlahor wastes a good attacking opportunity for Villa there as he is unable to keep in Vlaar's long ball. A better touch there and City might have been in trouble.
34 minLowton deals with Clichy's cross and City have a corner but Toure heads wide while under pressure from Vlaar.
37 minSilva fails to play in Tevez. The Spaniard hasn't been his usual sparkling self in this first half.
39 minThere seems to be a touch of impatience brewing among the home fans...
43 minIt's scrappy but David Silva scores his first goal of the season to give City the lead. A corner wasn't dealt with and the Spaniard was on hand to tap in from all of three yards.
45 minCHANCE! Silva almost grabs another but his shot on the angle is turned away by Guzan for a corner. Nastasic gets his head to it, only to see his attempt float wide. There'll be one minute of added time.
3.49pmThere's the whistle and it's Manchester City who have a 1-0 lead at the break thanks to David Silva's goal in the final five minutes of the half. It was a fairly uninspiring performance from the hosts, but they lead nonetheless. However, Villa are looking dangerous on the break.
3.51pmThere are five other matches being played in the Premier League this afternoon. Here come the half-time scores...
Liverpool 0-0 Wigan Newcastle 0-0 Swansea QPR 0-2 Southampton Reading 0-1 Everton West Brom 1-1 Chelsea
3.54pmThere was also a lunchtime kickoff in the Premier League today as Arsenal entertained Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby. An eventful 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium saw the Gunners come from behind to run out 5-2 winners. Oh, and Emmanuel Adebayor got sent off too.
4.00pmSo, can Villa find the goal that will get themsleves back into this one or will City go on to earn a comfortable win? Stick with us to find out.
4.02pmThe players are out for the second half and it will be City to get us back underway...
47 minCity threaten early but the Villa defence deals with crosses from Silva and Nasri.
49 minThe visitors put a decent move together then, though the final ball from Ireland for Lowton is overhit and Hart gathers.
52 minGOAL! Man City 2-0 Aston Villa (Aguero, penalty)
57 minApologies for the techinical issues there but City are now 2-0 in front thanks to a controversial penalty decision. Weimann is harshly judged to have handles a corner and Aguero makes no mistake from the spot to make things a lot more comfortable for the champions.
59 minThe hosts are certainly looking on course for the three points now. It was cruel on Villa to concede in that way and I'm sure that Paul Lambert will have something to say about that after the match.
60 minLooking at the replay again and it appears that the ball came off Weimann's shoulder instead of his arm.
62 minSUBSTITUTIONS: Two changes for Villa now as Andreas Weimann and Stephen Ireland are replaced by Brett Holman and Marc Albrighton.
80 minApologies again for a break in communication there but we seem to be back on track. That last goal from Tevez was one of the more simple strikes that the Argentine will get in the Premier League as he tapped in Nasri's pass from two yards.
83 minCHANCE! A rare sight of goal in this second half for Villa as Holman lashes narrowly over from 30 yards. That was a great hit.
86 minCLOSE FOR CITY! Maicon feeds substitute Scott Sinclair, but the winger struggles to shake off Westwood and lifts the ball over the bar.
87 minCHANCE! Kolarov whips in a delightful ball from the left that Dzeko and Tevez both fail to get on the end of. What a cross that was.
90 minWe'll have an additional three minutes here at the Etihad Stadium...
90+2 minVilla get a late corner, but it's cleared.
4.52pmThe final whistle blows and Manchester City go to the top of the Premier League table for the time being thanks to a 5-0 victory over Aston Villa. It wasn't a vintage display from the champions, but once they converted a second goal following a controversial penalty decision they were too much for the visitors.
4.54pmThat's all from me today, I hope you enjoyed our coverage of the match. Have a good evening and make sure that you keep up to date with the rest of the weekend's action on Sports Mole. Goodbye!