Manchester City travel to Anfield with a thought of closing the gap on league leaders Chelsea to just 2 points. With Chelsea busy with League Cup final, City can turn on the heat on Chelsea by winning this tough away fixture against Liverpool.

Both City and Liverpool will head in to this game on the back of European disappointments. Liverpool were knocked form Europa Cup by Besiktas on Penalties while City lost 2-1 at home to Barcelona.

Team News

Liverpool

Liverpool will welcome back their current captain Jordan Henderson and playmaker Philippe Coutinho who were rested for their Europa League exit in Turkey.

Defender Mamadou Sakho did train on Friday and is expected to feature in this big game on Sunday. Gelnn Johnson is also on the verge of recovering from his illness.

Brendan Rodgers has found great success playing a 3-men defence and he will continue doing that even against the strike force of Manchester City. Liverpool will look to use the pace of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Ibe, Philippe Coutinho, Lazar Markovic and Daniel Sturridge to hit City on the brea.

Possible Line-up for Liverpool against Manchester City: (3-4-3) – Mignolet, Skrtel, Can, Sakho, Moreno, Allen, Henderson, Ibe, Coutino, Sterling, Markovic

Manchester City

Manchester City have no injury concerns ahead of this all-important clash against Liverpool.  Because of suspension.

Newly signed striker Wilfried Bony is in line to start his first game for Manchester City since his £25million move from Swansea. So far, Bony has made two substitute appearances for the Champions.

Manuel Pellegrini does prefer to play two strikers up front and Dzeko’s horror show against Barcelona will tempt Pellegrini to use Aguero-Bony partnership for the first time in the league.

Possible Line-up for Manchester City against Liverpool: (4-4-2) – Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Silva, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Aguero, Bony

Key Battles

Daniel Sturridge vs Sergio Aguero

Two in-form and most crucial players for their sides. In the recent Premier League history Sturridge and Aguero have the best goals-to-minute ratio. These two need just 1 shot at goal to score and they will have to be at their very best for this all-important clash. The winner of this battle will decide the winning team on the night.

Philippe Coutinho vs David Silva

The little magicians, who can take our breaths away in a matter of seconds. Coutinho and Silva are the most gifted playmakers in the league right now. Coutinho’s subtle movement over the ball, quick change in direction and an incredible eye for through balls makes him a constant danger to the opponents.

On the other hand we have David Silva, who is not only equally good in all the above mentioned skills but Silva has a better eye for goals too. He is one of City’s most consistent goal getters in the league. Winner of this battle will have a massive in deciding the winning team on the night.

Martin Skrtel vs Vincent Kompany

Two rocks for their defences. Skrtel is playing with a new-found form while Kompany has been one of the best defenders in the league for over 3-4 seasons. Both will have their hands full with tricky players running at them with pace and decisiveness. Who ever manages to shut the door effectively will win the game for their side.

Opta Stats

  • Liverpool have won just two of the last 12 Premier League matches against Man City (W2 D6 L4).
  • Manchester City have scored two or more goals in each of their last six Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool.
  • Man City have won none of their last 11 Premier League trips to Anfield (W0 D4 L7).
  • David Silva has scored nine Premier League goals in 2014-15; his best tally in a single Premier League season.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League matches (W7 D3); the best record of any side over the last 10 games.
  • Arsenal are the only team to prevent Manchester City from scoring in their last 23 Premier League matches.

Recent meeting between the two sides

Prediction

It’s never easy to choose a winner with such high class players on show from either sides. Liverpool have been the in-form side in the league and have the best record for any side in the last 10 games. Liverpool have enjoyed success against City in recent time at Anfield as well.

I am sticking my neck out and I am going for a narrow home win for Liverpool with a 2-1 scoreline.

Betting Odds – Liverpool: 3.10, Draw: 3.60, Man City: 2.37

 

Stats Credits: Opta

Image Credits: guardian. telegraph, bbc

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