A Villa 1 – 1 Man City

Manchester City squandered the chance to top the Premier League after Leon Bailey saved a 1-1 home draw for Aston Villa to cancel out Erling Haaland’s 10th goal in six games.

Haaland chained back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest with a second-half goal at Villa Park (50) as he pushed Kevin De Bruyne’s superb cross home.

Haaland and De Bruyne nearly added a second as the Norwegian striker saw Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez twice deny him, while the Belgian hit the bar from a free kick.

But the home side equalized in the 74th minute when Bailey struck home for the first time from Jacob Ramsey’s low cross.

Villa substitute Philippe Coutinho thought he had given them a shock lead but was ruled offside before his shot from outside the box went under the bar, despite replays showing later that he was in play.

City pushed for a late winner with Rodri whipping wide while Martinez prevented Phil Foden’s close-range shot, but Villa held on to avoid a fourth league defeat in a row and secure a much-needed point for boss Steven Gerrard.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s side are one point behind leaders Arsenal, who face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

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And after?

Gerrard will now have to plan a reunion with Brendan Rodgers, who was his manager at Liverpool and in charge of Celtic when the Englishman was in charge of Rangers.

Aston Villa will travel to Leicester on Saturday September 10, with a kick-off at 3 p.m., before hosting Southampton Friday, September 16, live on sky sportswith a kick-off at 8 p.m.

Friday, September 16, 7:00 p.m.

Kick off 8:00 p.m.

Manchester City’s next game will see them open their latest quest to claim a maiden Champions League title away from home. Seville on Tuesday, with a kick-off at 8 p.m.

The champions will then come face to face with Tottenham – who beat them home and away last season – at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday September 10, live on sky sportswith a kick-off at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday September 10 5:00 p.m.

Kick off 5:30 p.m.

Sky Sports

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