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TOPIC: Man City, Sunday 1st March, KO 1200 UK

Man City, Sunday 1st March, KO 1200 UK 2 years 7 months ago #318

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Forty-eight hours is a long time. Just ask Jack Bauer. You can save the world twice over in that period or you can have a nice rest and some light training while your next opponent toils in Turkey going through extra-time and penalties before crashing out of a European competition for the second time this season. With the Sky Blues having an extra 48hrs rest after their Champions League match against Barcelona, our Europa League commitments may have handed the advantage to Man City as they travel to Anfield for Sunday’s mid-day clash; 12pm kick off UK time.

Ten points separate Pellegrini’s side in 2nd from the Reds in 6th and Sunday’s fixture sees the best team (City) away from home (on current form and based on their overall record in the league this season) pitted against the best team (Liverpool) on current form over the last six games home and away. So the extra 48hrs rest City had following their footballing lesson at the feet of Barcelona on Tuesday could prove pivotal on Sunday.

Man City secured a 3-1 victory in the reverse fixture back in August but Liverpool did inflict a 3-2 defeat on City in the corresponding fixture last season as we came so close to pipping Pellegrini’s expensively-assembled squad to the Premier League title. That victory at Anfield was only our second win against against Manchester City at Anfield in the last six meetings. Home and away, we’ve won two of the last 12 meetings with City in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s overall league record against Man City:

Total – P: 157 W: 76 D: 40 L: 41 F: 278 A: 211 GD: +67
Home – P: 78 W: 47 D: 18 L: 13 F: 162 A: 97 GD: +65
Away – P: 79 W: 29 D: 22 L: 28 F: 116 A: 114 GD: +2

Premier League form – last six matches home and away:

1st – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 5 D: 1 L: 0 F: 10 A: 2 Pts: 16
9th – Man City: P: 6 W: 2 D: 3 L: 1 F: 12 A: 6 Pts: 9

Premier League form – last six matches at home (Liverpool) and away (Man City):

5th – Liverpool: P: 6 W: 3 D: 3 L: 0 F:13 A: 7 Pts: 12
1st – Man City: P: 6 W: 4 D: 2 L: 0 F: 14 A: 5 Pts: 14

Liverpool’s record against teams managed by Manuel Pellegrini (all competitions):

Total – P: 3 W: 1 D: 0 L: 2 F: 5 A: 7 GD: -2
Home – P: 1 W: 1 D: 0 L: 0 F: 3 A: 2 GD: +1
Away – P: 2 W: 0 D: 0 L: 2 F: 2 A: 5 GD: +2

The match-day officials for this fixture are:

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Assistants: S Beck, S Burt
Fourth Official: N Swarbrick

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool are without Gerrard (hamstring), Lucas (groin), Jones (thigh) and Flanagan (knee). Sakho (thigh), Henderson (foot), Johnson (illness) and Enrique (knee) are doubtful.

To add insult to literal injury for Liverpool, Man City have no injury concerns.

Liverpool:

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson (?), Manquillo, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho (?), Toure, Moreno, Enrique (?)
Midfielders: Henderson (c) (?), Coutinho, Allen, Markovic, Lallana, Ibe, Sterling
Forwards: Sturridge, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini

Manchester City:

Goalkeepers: Hart, Caballero
Defenders: Sagna, Kompany (c), Zabaleta, Kolarov, Mangala, Clichy, Demichelis, Boyata
Midfielders: Fernando, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Lampard, Silva, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure
Forwards: Dzeko, Bony, Aguero, Jovetic
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