Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Liverpool
The hosts fell further behind league leaders Manchester United in midweek and face a Reds side who need a win to boost their hopes of Champions League qualification
By Husmukh Kerai
Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, Silva, Aguero
Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson
Suarez, Gerrard, Sterling
The game is likely to have come too soon for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (calf), while the same can be said about Micah Richards (knee) who is edging closer to a return.
Brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure remain on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast, meaning Roberto Mancini is unlikely to make too many changes.
Phillip Coutinho could feature from the bench on Sunday after completing his switch from Inter and Jose Reina (hip) is set to continue in goal after returning against Arsenal in midweek.
Andre Wisdom will probably continue at right back despite the probable return of Jose Enrique, with Glen Johnson filling in at left back despite his battles with a hamstring strain.
Martin Kelly (knee) is a long-term absentee, and is only expected back at the end of March.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester City has won two and lost just one of its last eight Premier League meetings with Liverpool, with five of those ending in a draw.
City has kept six clean sheets in succession in all competitions for the first time since August 1999.
Mancini's side is five points and 18 goals worse off than it was at this point last season.
- Luis Suarez is integral to Liverpool's goal output - he has 22 in all competitions, and his nearest teammate is Steven Gerrard with just six.
Liverpool is the most accurate long passing team in the Premier League this season (69 percent).
Steven Gerrard (pictured) is the only midfielder or striker to play every minute of every Premier League game this season.
Liverpool has scored in its last 11 Premier League games, only Man Utd (12) is on a longer current run.
Top 3 Predictions
Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool
- 24.9 %
Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool
- 8.55 %
Manchester City 1-3 Liverpool
- 6.9 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Feb 3, 2013||Manchester City 2 - Liverpool 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Aug 26, 2012||Liverpool 2 - Manchester City 2|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Jan 25, 2012||Liverpool 2 - Manchester City 2|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Jan 11, 2012||Manchester City 0 - Liverpool 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 3, 2012||Manchester City 3 - Liverpool 0|
|Dec 17, 2013||Leicester 1 - Manchester City 3||CCUP|
|Dec 14, 2013||Manchester City 6 - Arsenal 3||EPL|
|Dec 10, 2013||Bayern 2 - Manchester City 3||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Southampton 1 - Manchester City 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||West Bromwich 2 - Manchester City 3||EPL|