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Despite the rain, Man City avoid slipping against Aston Villa as they close in on the title

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Poor Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City avoided making the same mistakes Liverpool have by beating Aston Villa 4-0 in a rain-soaked match and retaining control of the Premier League title race with one match left to play. Edin Dzeko scored twice with Stevan Jovetic and Yaya Toure adding late goals to ensure Villa couldn't do what Crystal Palace did to Liverpool on Monday.

If City manage a draw in their final match at home against West Ham, they will be guaranteed the title. But if they lose and Liverpool beat Newcastle, they'll finish second.

According to Opta, this only marks the 11th day City have spent atop the table all season — mostly due to the fact that they've had games in hand compared to their title rivals for much of the year. But with those four goals against Villa, they have now reached 100 for the season and 20 of them have come from Yaya Toure. 

Though City have only lost one match at home all season, it's not quite over yet. West Ham, with their trio of Liverpool cast-offs in Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Joe Cole, could prove troublesome. Sam Allardyce is surely covering himself in cooking oil right now as thoughts of anarchy dance in his head. This has nothing to do with his plans for the match, though. It's just his usual Wednesday routine. 

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Big Sam aside, City fans are feeling confident...

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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