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  • February 3, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Manchester City - Liverpool Preview: Mancini's men look to claw back seven-point gap at the top

Manchester City - Liverpool Preview: Mancini's men look to claw back seven-point gap at the top

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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Clichy
Barry, Garcia
Milner, Silva, Aguero
Dzeko
LIVERPOOL
Liverpool
Reina
Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson
Henderson, Lucas
Suarez, Gerrard, Sterling

Sturridge

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 whilst 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 have won two and lost just one of their last eight Premier League meetings with Liverpool, with five of those ending in a draw.
  • City have kept six clean sheets in succession in all competitions for the first time since August 1999.

  • Luis Suarez is integral to Liverpool's goal output - he has 22 in all competitions, and his nearest team-mate is Steven Gerrard with just six.
  • Liverpool are the most accurate long passers in the Premier League this season (69%).

  • Steven Gerrard (pictured) is the only midfielder or striker to play every minute of every Premier League game this season.

  • Liverpool have scored in their last 11 Premier League games, only Man Utd (12) are on a longer current run.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
7James MilnerMidfielder
26Javi GarcíaMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
13MaiconDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
26Jack RodwellMidfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
37Martin SkrtelDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
24Joe AllenMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
29Fabio BoriniStriker
Players to Watch
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 1 0
The little Spaniard has enjoyed a revival of sorts in recent weeks, with his two goals against Fulham announcing his return to form. Due to the absence of Yaya Toure, City will rely on Silva to provide ammunition for the strikers by adding to his five assists this term.
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
The Liverpool striker began his Premier League career with Manchester City and will hope to continue his excellent start for the Merseyside club at his old stomping ground. His fledgling relationship with Luis Suarez looks a better partnership with every game they play and, with City will shorn of Kompany for the game, Nastasic and Lescott will have their work cut out.
Prediction
Dropping two points at the Emirates Stadium having dominated large period of the match in the midweek will have doubtless knocked Liverpool's confidence. City, meanwhile, will be as motivated as ever thanks to their need to close a seven-point gap at the top. Liverpool have proved inconsistent away from home this season, while City boast a near perfect record at the Etihad Stadium. Everything points to a home win, but expect Liverpool to run the champions close.
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