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Matchday Preview: Manchester City v LIVERPOOL (Premier League)

Date: 3rd February 2013 at 7:30 am
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Liverpool FC v Manchester CityVenue: Etihad Stadium

Date: 03/02/13

Kick-Off: 16:00

A frustrating night at the Emirates on Wednesday saw Liverpool FC let a two goal lead slip against Arsenal and the Reds will hope for better luck when they travel to Manchester to take on the defending Premier League champions, . , and all featured in Wednesday’s name and the trio are likely to start on Sunday.

However, new signing Philippe Coutinho will not feature as he is not due to report to Melwood until Monday or Tuesday.

Manchester City were also disappointed in midweek as they could only manage a 0-0 draw away to bottom of the table QPR – a result which left them seven points behind league leaders Manchester United. The Citizens go into Sunday’s game needing a win if they are to sustain their title challenge. They will be without captain Vincent Kompany, who is injured, but Matija Nastasic is hoping to start after recovering from a knee problem.

Liverpool’s recent record against Man City is strong – they have only lost two of their last 17 league and cup games against the Sky Blues – but they haven’t scored in their last three league matches at the Etihad. City have not conceded a goal in their last four league fixtures, but with and proving to be a lethal combination the Reds will be optimistic of preventing the Premier League Champions from getting a fifth consecutive clean sheet.

In the five games since his arrival from Chelsea, Sturridge has netted three times, while Suarez has added four goals to his tally. In Liverpool’s pre-match press conference, assistant manager Colin Pascoe spoke highly of the pair, while also reserving special praise for midfielder , who has scored consecutive goals in Liverpool’s last two league matches.

Though City sold Mario Balotelli to AC Milan on transfer deadline day, the Sky Blues have a clinical striking duo of their own in and . The Argentine pair have scored 15 league goals between them, while Tevez has also provided 13 assists – more than any other player in the league. Liverpool will also have to be wary of Bosnian striker , who is City’s top scorer with 11 goals in all competitions.

Liverpool have yet to register a win against a side in the top half of the table this season and a win at the Etihad Stadium would be a superb way to put that record to rest. However given that City have lost only twice in 30 league games, it will be a big ask.


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5 thoughts on “Matchday Preview: Manchester City v LIVERPOOL (Premier League)

  • david
    2 years ago

    How many times did liverpool counter attack arsenal, with the ball at Henderson feet he had a few different options but had to think quick. Everytime he either over hit the pass or gave the ball away, poor poor poor play. He scores a goal and suddenly everyone singing his praises including himself i see in the media. Should not be in the team. Also against the bigger clubs Brendan needs to revert to 4-4-2 to make us more solid as we get exposed with massive gaps appearing in 4-3-3, and the big clubs punish us for it.

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    • deane fitzpatrick
      2 years ago

      Very true,setting myself up for another disappointing day today,2 or 3 nil to citeh.we havn a hope

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  • red
    2 years ago

    My prediction:

    Man City 8 – 0 Liverpool

    BR will be sacked afterward.

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    • Matt
      2 years ago

      Wow, some fan you are.

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  • Olsen
    2 years ago

    Very good performance … but , still no win . At end of the day , the result is all that matters . BR doesnt seem to have the nouse or the tactical ability to get results

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