Preview: Aston Villa v Man City

Young can break Waddle's Premier League assist record

29 Nov 2021
Ashley Young, Aston Villa
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Ashley Young registered his 42nd Premier League assist for Aston Villa in their win over Crystal Palace, a record for the club in the competition. He has assisted in his last two PL appearances. At 36 years and 145 days on the day of this fixture, he can become the oldest Englishman to assist in three consecutive matches, breaking Chris Waddle’s record from 1997 (36y 126d).

Villa have won both of their Premier League matches under Steven Gerrard so far. In the club’s history, no Villa manager has won their first three top-flight contests, or their first three matches in all competitions.

Gerrard will be the 19th different English manager to face Pep Guardiola in the Premier League. Of the previous 18, Guardiola has only failed to win his first meeting against two men, and they both had the first name Steve (Agnew and Bruce).

Manchester City have won each of their last 15 Premier League matches played on a Wednesday, scoring 36 goals and conceding just six. Only Liverpool (21 on Saturdays between 2018 and 2020) and City themselves (17 on Saturdays between 2017 and 2018) have had longer winning runs on a specific day of the week in the competition.

Match officials

Referee: Mike Dean. Assistants: Ian Hussin, Darren Cann. Fourth official: Craig Pawson. VAR: Kevin Friend. Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett.

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