Sunday 8 November 14.30 CET
Having scored 20 times in their last six outings, few teams will fancy the prospect of facing Manuel Pellegrini’s City at the moment, not least Aston Villa, who head into Sunday’s meeting at Villa Park on the back of a club record seven consecutive defeats.
That losing run prompted the Premier League’s bottom club to replace outgoing manager Tim Sherwood with former Olympique Lyonnais coach Remi Garde this week and the Frenchman could not have asked for a tougher first match in charge.
While Villa look to start their ascent up the table, City will have their eyes on a ninth league win in 12 to ensure they remain top of the tree going into next week’s international break.
On the resumption of domestic duties, the Blues meet Liverpool Jurgen Klopp’s on 21 November before heading to Turin to face Juventus four days later.