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  • January 3, 2012
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  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
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Premier League Preview: Manchester City - Liverpool

The table toppers have failed to score in their last two games and need to recover from a wasteful festive period if they are to secure their grip on first place


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Milner, Toure, Barry, Nasri
Silva
Aguero
LIVERPOOL
 
  Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Henderson, Gerrard, Adam, Downing,
Suarez, Bellamy
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini should make changes to his team and bring back David Silva following the defeat to Sunderland. Micah Richards was on the bench during that game, and should likely be handed a starting role against the Reds.

Meanwhile, Gael Clichy and James Milner are also likely to get the nod ahead of Aleksandar Kolarov and Adam Johnson. Mario Balotelli was thought to have sustained a knock, due to his absence from the squad against the Black Cats. He could come into the fray if his fitness is not in doubt.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish could hand skipper Steven Gerrard a start, at the expense of Jay Spearing, in this clash after a strong substitute performance against Newcastle. Likewise, Craig Bellamy may start after getting a brace in the 3-1 win. Luis Suarez should be available as his eight-game ban is pending an appeal and he may start ahead of Andy Carroll.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Manchester City has beaten these opponents only once in its last 13 Premier League meetings.
  • City has won all nine of its league games at home this season.
  • Roberto Mancini's men have been the most prolific in the attacking third of the pitch, scoring 53 goals this season.
  • City had been undefeated until it met Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The club has now lost twice in five matches.
  • The Eastlands club may have scored the highest number of goals in the league so far, but they have gone two games without scoring a single goal.
  • Liverpool has the best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded only 15 goals so far.
  • The Reds have won 29 of the Manchester meetings between the sides while the hosts have emerged victorious on only 25 occasions . A further 21 matches have ended as draws.
  • Liverpool has scored 297 goals against City throughout the course of the two clubs' histories, conceding 207 in the process.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
11Dirk KuytStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
39Craig BellamyStriker
Players to Watch
Sergio Agüero
Sergio Agüero
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
1 1 0 0
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0

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