Manchester City play host to Arsenal as the 2019/20 Premier League season resumes tonight.

The reigning Premier League champions are soon set to lose their crown but will want to hit the ground running nonetheless as they bid to keep Liverpool honest at the top of the table. The Gunners have Champions League qualification on their mind but know a positive result tonight is a must. All eyes will be on the dugouts where Pep Guardiola will meet former assistant Mikel Arteta for the first time.

We will have all the latest build-up, action and analysis for you throughout the evening. Follow live action from Aston Villa vs Sheffield United before attention switches to the Etihad Stadium.



Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

78 mins: Mings punts a long ball up the field for Trezeguet to go searching for. Basham tracks the run and has to put the ball out for a corner. 

Grealish sends the corner to the far post but it’s headed into the hands of Henderson. 

SUBS


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

75 mins: John McGinn’s return to the pitch comes to an end as he’s replaced by Nakamba. El Mohamady replaces Konsa as Dean Smith makes the fourth of his five available substitutions. 


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

72 mins: Lundstram sweeps a ball into the box from the right side of the pitch. McGoldrick is the target but Nyland comes out to uncomfortably punch the ball away. 

SUBS


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

69 mins: Freeman and McGoldrick come on in place of Berge and Sharpe for Sheffield United with Trezeguet and Samatta replacing El Ghazi and Davis for Villa.


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

66 mins: El Ghazi puts the ball out for a goal kick with both teams preparing to make double substitutions at the second half drinks break. 

 


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

63 mins: Lundstram sends a cross into the box from the left wing looking for Sharp. Mings heads the ball away and Villa break down their left with Davis. He lays it off for Hourihane who whips the ball into the box only for the Sheffield United to take possession.  


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

60 mins: Henderson denies Villa again! Grealish centres the ball to John McGinn who shoots from the edge of the area. Henderson dives to his left and to make the save and pushes the ball out of play. 


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

57 mins: Close! Good stuff from Villa. Grealish receives the ball in the middle of the pitch and sends a perfectly weighted through ball in behind the defence. El Ghazi makes the run and collects the ball before squaring it across the area.Davis dives for the ball but doesn’t reach it. If he had it would have been the opener.  


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

54 mins: El Ghazi wins Villa a corner. Hourihane swings the ball into the middle of the box where Davis wins the header. He doesn’t generate any power on the ball and it lands softly in the hands of Dean Henderson. 


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

51 mins: Basham sends the ball across the pitch towards the left side of Villa’s area. It’s headed out of the box and falls to Stevens, who passes to McBurnie. McBurnie manages to return the ball to Stevens whilst under pressure and Stevens runs it to the edge of the box before firing it into the side-netting. 

Villa come closer to opening the scoring as Targett floats a ball into the centre of the box. Davis times his run well, brings the ball down on his chest and shoots. Henderson sticks out a right hand and deflects the ball wide of goal.  


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

48 mins: Targett lays the ball off to Hourihane and makes a run into the box. Hourihane slots the ball into the area looking for the return pass but Baldock holds up Targett and puts the ball out for a corner. The corner ball is whipped into the box but comes to nothing for Aston Villa.


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

Second half: Lots of questions for the referees about the Goal Decision System, which we hear is now working. Not that it helps Sheffield United. 

The second half is gets underway.


It’s goalless at half-time between Aston Villa and Sheffield United. Villa have been solid with Sheffield United a little underwhelming.

Norwood’s free kick is the talking point of the first half. The ball having clearly crossed the line but goalline technology and VAR were absent.

Imagine Chris Wilder’s reaction if Villa go on to win this 1-0. 

HALF TIME


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

45+2 mins: Still nil-nil at half-time much to the bemusement of Chris Wilder and the tv screen of Sheffield United fans watching from home.

Aston Villa have got away with one.


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

45 mins: Two minutes added time at the end of the first half. Controversy over the goalline technology has denied Sheffield United the opener. 


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

42 mins: Oh no! Sheffield United win a free kick on the left hand side of the pitch. Norwood swings the ball into the box. It curls massively and Nyland grabs it on the far post. He runs into Davis and falls back into the goal pulling the ball across the line as he does so. 

Michael Oliver looks at his watch, where the goalline technology tells him if the ball crossed the line. It says no and so does he. No goal.


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

39 mins: Robinson does well to deny McGinn a chance on goal. Villa send the ball up from the left wing and it’s flicked on into the box. McGinn makes a cutting run to meet it with Robinson on his shoudler. The Sheffield United defender holds his ground and McGinn loses the ball.

YELLOW CARD


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

36 mins: Hourihane swings the ball into the box from a corner. Hause makes a decent run towards the near post but the ball hits his shoulder and goes out for a goal kick. 

Lundstram picks up a yellow card as well. 


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

33 mins: Nyland comes off his line to claim the corner ball and he tries to send El Ghazi free with a long throw forward. Baldock is aware of the threat and intercepts the ball. 

YELLOW CARD


Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sheffield United

30 mins: Douglas Luiz picks up a yellow card for a forceful tackle. He then brings down Sharpe to give the Blades another free kick which they make no use of. 

Villa have looked sharp, they’re structured when defending. Berge sends a cross into the box and Konta boots it out for a corner.

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