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  • January 3, 2012
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  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
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Manchester City - Liverpool Preview: Hosts have beaten the Reds only once in last 13 Premier League meetings

The table toppers have also 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 have beaten these opponents only once in their last 13 Premier League meetings.
  • City have won all nine of their 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 they met Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They have 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 have the best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded only 15 goals so far.
  • If all matches ended at half-time, the Merseyside club would have move up one place to fifth in the standings, whereas City would have fallen to second.
  • 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 have 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
0 0 0 0
The Argentine will likely have to produce a moment of brilliance against a sturdy Reds' defence if City are to end their goalscoring rut.
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder came off the bench to score in his comeback game against Newcastle. Dalglish has suggested he will not rush the skipper back, but he could opt to start him over the raw Spearing and he would be Liverpool's main source of inspiration.
Prediction
Liverpool are playing well and getting the results they need to move up the table, and now come across a City side that has not scored in two games. Moreover, confidence may not be as high as it used to be in the Eastlands camp, having lost two matches in their last five in the league. It should provide the platform for the visitors to probe for three points, but it would appear unlikely considering the hosts' record at home.

City have won every single league game at home, but could be stopped as this should likely end in a draw.
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