Manchester City vs Liverpool preview

By Ric Turner, Sun 24 August 2014 11:20


Manchester City vs Liverpool previewA look ahead at Monday night's game at The Etihad Stadium

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Date: 8pm, Monday 25th August 2014

Venue: The Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, D England Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: Manchester City 6/7, Draw 3/1, Liverpool 7/2

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports 1

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Hart, Caballero, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Nastasic, Richards, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Lampard, Nasri, Navas, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic

Injured: Negredo, Mangala

Doubtful: Lampard

Suspended: None

Form guide: W

Liverpool

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Squad (from): Jones, Mignolet, Coates, Jose Enrique, Johnson, Lovren, Sakho, Skrtel, Toure, Allen, Can, Gerrard, Henderson, Ibe, Lucas, Markovic, Coutinho, Lambert, Sterling, Sturridge

Injured: Agger, Flanagan, Lallana, Assaidi

Doubtful: Markovic

Suspended: None

Form guide: W

Alvaro Negredo is the only City player missing through injury, with a broken foot likely to keep him sidelined until October. New signing Eliaquim Mangala isn't yet match fit, so Martin Demichelis and Vincent Kompany will continue in central defence. Sergio Aguero is pushing Stevan Jovetic for a place alongside Edin Dzeko, having scored as a second half substitute in the 2-0 win at St James Park.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini is expecting a difficult game against last season's runners up, but believes Brendan Rodgers' side may struggle to replace Luis Suarez.

"I watched Liverpool's game [against Southampton] and we played against them in the United States," he said. "We know what they are doing.

"It's difficult to say after one game but Liverpool will always miss Suarez, he was a very important player. They have brought a lot of important new players and continue being a very strong squad also."

City's last home league game against Liverpool ended in a 2-1 victory, with Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 43 of the 169 games played against Liverpool, with 44 draws and 82 defeats.

Read the views of Liverpool fan Chris Wellman here.

Prediction: City 2 Liverpool 1

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