PREVIEW: City vs Liverpool

Sunday 3 February 2013 | Etihad Stadium | Kick-off 16:00

Tickets: Sold out.

Last Season: City 3-0 Liverpool

Match Officials: Referee: Anthony Taylor; Assistants: A Garratt, A Halliday; Fourth official: A Marriner

Team News:

CITY – Vincent Kompany remains sidelined but Matija Nastasic should return to the starting line up after being on the bench at Loftus Road on Tuesday. Maicon is back in training but most likely won’t feature, while Micah Richards hopes to be back this month. The Toure brothers are still away with Ivory Coast.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Lescott, Rekik, Clichy, Kolarov, Garcia, Rodwell, Barry, Milner, Nasri, Sinclair, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko, Aguero, Lopes.

LIVERPOOL – New signing Philippe Coutinho won’t feature due to him returning to Milan to sort a few things out after his deadline day move. Jose Enrique could start.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Sturridge, Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Allen, Shelvey, Sterling, Borini, Coates, Suso.

Stats:

If Premier League games started after 46 minutes, City would be two points clear at the top of the table.

David Silva creates a goalscoring chance for team mates every 25.88 minutes. A quicker rate than any other PL player.

Joe Hart has kept 60 clean sheets in his 150 Premier League appearances for the club (40%).

If City keep a clean sheet against Liverpool, it will be the longest time that the club have gone without conceding in the PL.

Liverpool have scored in their last 11 league matches – their best run since an 18-match streak between January and May 2011.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have failed to win any of the eight league games in which they conceded the opening goal this season (D3, L5).

Opta statistics show that Liverpool are the most accurate long passers in this season’s Premier League, successfully completing 69% of passes that travelled 25 yards or more.

Stats courtesy of Opta City & BBC Football

Press Conference:

City manager Roberto Mancini took this press conference after David Platt had dealt with the media ahead of QPR. Mancini talked about Mario Balotelli, which you can see via the video below.

Inside the Opposition: Ahead of the game, I spoke to Dave Hendrick, editor of Liverpool website The Liverpool Word, to get his view on things. You can read that here.

Fixtures:

Saturday (kick off 3pm unless otherwise stated)

QPR v Norwich (12:45pm)

Arsenal v Stoke

Everton v Aston Villa

Newcastle v Chelsea

Reading v Sunderland

West Ham v Swansea

Wigan v Southampton

Fulham v Manchester United (5:30pm)

Sunday

West Brom v Tottenham (1:30pm)

Manchester City v Liverpool (4pm)

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