John Brooks will take charge of Manchester City’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side travel to Villa Park winless since early November, with Manchester City’s latest Premier League title defence stuttering, after three successive draws against Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Manchester City, who were leading in all three games, have drawn three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since 2017, and could be six points behind current league leaders Arsenal ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Aston Villa.
Unai Emery’s side, who are just one point behind Manchester City in the table, have a formidable record at Villa Park this season, with Villa currently unbeaten at home.
Manchester City will be without former Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and midfielder Rodri for the midweek meeting, with the pair suspended, after picking up their fifth yellow cards during Sunday’s 3-3 draw against Spurs.
Jeremy Doku is also at risk of missing Wednesday’s clash due to injury, with Manchester City facing further injury woes amid a run of uncharacteristically poor form.
Ahead of Wednesday’s key clash at Villa Park, the Premier League have announced the Match Officials for Manchester City’s trip to the Midlands.
John Brooks has been named as the referee for Manchester City’s clash with Aston Villa in the Premier League on Wedneday.
The 33-year-old has officiated 17 matches so far this season across all competitions, showing 72 yellow cards and five red cards.
Brooks last took charge of Manchester City in May, when the Blues suffered a 1-0 loss to Brentford in the Premier League.
Brooks will be accompanied at Villa Park by Assistant Referees Lee Betts and Akil Howson.
Video Assistant Referees
Overviewing proceedings will be Video Assistant Referee Paul Tierney and Assistant Video Assistant Referee Scott Ledger.
Anthony Taylor has been named as the Fourth Official.
The referee, who was also the fourth official at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday for the draw against Spurs, will be overseeing conduct within the two dugouts, and the behaviour of managers Unai Emery and Pep Guardiola.
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