Packed for five straight wins and nine games without losing, Manchester City can resume the leadership of the Premier League on Wednesday (20), when they host Aston Villa, at Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola’s team hasn’t held the top spot for exactly 529 days since the first round of the league in the 2019-20 season.

At the time, City put 5-0 in West Ham and started at the top of the table, who would lose in the sequence to never recover it. Today the situation is different. With 35 points, City are two below Manchester United, who have one more game and then take the field, and three from Leicester City, who beat Chelsea and jumped ahead with 38.

In other words, a victory over Villa is enough to put Guardiola’s team first even for a couple of hours – or more, if the archrival stumbles over London against Fulham.