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  • April 11, 2011
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  • • Anfield, Liverpool
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Premier League preview: Liverpool - Manchester City

Premier League preview: Liverpool - Manchester City

Reds' quest for Europa League berth to be fully tested by growing injury list as Mancini's men aim to take control of Champions League destiny by completing league double...


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Liverpool: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Lucas, Spearing, Meireles, Kuyt, Carroll, Suarez.

Manchester City: Hart, Boyata, Kolarov, Lescott, Kompany, De Jong, Toure, Silva, Johnson, Balotelli, Tevez.
DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool are unbeaten at home since Kenny Dalglish took the reins at Anfield.  Seven games have produced five wins and two draws since the Scot assumed caretaker charge.
  • A goal fest may be a tough ask as the sides are both deep in the bottom half of the average goals per game table.  Liverpool sit 14th with an average of 2.58 goals per game whilst City sit in 16th, averaging 2.48 per game.  Blackpool top the pile as league entertainers, averaging a whopping 3.48 goals per game.
  • Despite a slightly inferior goals-per-game average, City fans can draw comfort from the fact their side currently top the clean sheet table for this year’s Premier League.  In 31 fixtures, Roberto Mancini’s men have shut out the opposition 14 times.
  • Joe Hart and Pepe Reina have both taken part in every one of their respective sides' 31 league fixtures this season.
  • In each of Manchester City’s last seven outings, the away side have failed to register a goal.
  • The Reds better the head-to-head form with 74 victories in 149 matches.  City have only 38 victories but haven’t lost to their hosts since 2008.
  • Liverpool have a perfectly balanced form record in the ten Premier League games missed by crocked captain Steven Gerrard this term. Without their skipper, the 18-time league champions have won four, lost four and drawn two.
  • City have won nine penalties this season, more than any other Premier League side.
  • The Eastlands outfit have the worst disciplinary record in the league this season, amassing a whopping 64 yellow cards and five dismissals.
  • A City victory would produce a first league double over Liverpool in 74 years, the last league double coming when City beat the Reds 5-1 at home and 5-0 at Anfield in 1937.
LAST MEETING


August 23, 2010: Manchester City 3 - 0 Liverpool

A comfortable night’s work for city as they brushed Liverpool aside. Gareth Barry opened the scoring against the club who pursued him at length prior to his move to Manchester and Carlos Tevez added two more to leave Roy Hodgson with the taste of defeat for the first time as Anfield boss.

EA Sports have simulated Monday's forthcoming fixture on Fifa '11, and there's no doubt it proved to be a closely contested encounter on Merseyside. Click Play and check out the action, and be sure to leave your prediction in the comments area below...


Players to watch

L. Suárez

Position: Attacker

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The Uruguayan brilliantly created Dirk Kuyt’s opener when the Reds saw off City’s bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield, and in the two games since, he has smashed home a stunner at Sunderland and worked tirelessly to try and salvage a point for his new club in the defeat at West Brom.

The 24-year-old has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and has fans wondering what he could produce when the slates are wiped clean in the new season.  For now though, he will need to step up to the plate as his manager battles an injury crisis, and in his short time on Merseyside, he has shown enough quality to be able to do just that.

C. Tévez

Position: Attacker

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The Argentine needs little introduction and will be hungry to add to his 19-goal Premier League tally this year and beat off Dimitar Berbatov in the race for the golden boot. 

Last week, City netted five from different sources, but when the chips are down, Tevez has so often been the source of inspiration for Mancini’s men. A potential duel against Kyrgiakos and Skrtel will do little to faze the ex-Manchester United striker.

Editor's Prediction

Rocking and rolling from putting Sunderland to the sword last week, City look ready to secure the holy grail of Champions League football whilst their hosts splutter their way toward competition for a Europa League berth.

The queue for the medical room at Anfield grows longer by the day and City look to have the weaponry to gun down the patched up side Dalglish will be forced to field.  Reds fans can hope that Mancini’s men have one eye on the small matter of an FA Cup semi-final next weekend, but 19-goal Carlos Tevez, the diminutive David Silva and a fresh Adam Johnson look sure to pose a makeshift Reds back four plenty of problems and secure City’s first double over Liverpool in 74 years.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Manchester City

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Manchester City FC MCI
Manchester City FC Manchester City
79%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
9 - 0
Manchester City FC MCI
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 1
Manchester City FC MCI
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Manchester City FC MCI

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