Liverpool vs Manchester City, English Premier League, Matchday 28.
Wednesday, 2-March-2016, Kick-off: 20:00 GMT.
After the Capital One Final meeting on Sunday, Liverpool and Manchester City lock horns once again in the space of three days.
At Wembley, the teams played out full 90 minutes at 1-1 score line as Willy Caballero’s penalty shoot-out heroics handed Manuel Pellegrini’s men a much needed silverware. The team which was dealt with back-to-back league defeats by Leicester and Tottenham will be invigorated by the new found motivation when they travel to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool once again.
Liverpool on the other hand, have no chance of winning a silverware this season with their only possibility being a Europa League qualification for next season. Currently at 9th in the table, the Reds have a lot of work to do even to achieve this as the proceedings in the league is becoming extremely tight in recent weeks.
Last Five Premier League Matches
Man City: LLWDW
Liverpool’s inconsistent league form continues as they managed just 2 wins from their last 7 matches. The inconsistent nature could be further glorified by the fact that at times they struggle to score goals and at time score in plenty. Conceding late goals and vulnerability to defend set-pieces, together with howlers of goal keeper Simon Mignolet underlines Liverpool’s dismal form this season.
Even at home, the Reds have failed to assert their authority as they managed just one win in the last five matches, with no win in the last three which includes draws against Arsenal and Southampton and a 0-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Manchester City looked good in the initial quarter of the season, but fallen to shreds as the season progressed. They are coming to Anfield on the back of two consecutive defeats which saw them lose ground in the title battle. Their form has been particularly poor away from form with 2 wins from last 9 matches on the road. Scoring goals was never been a problem for Pellegrini’s men, but somehow they can’t guard their defense away from home.
Liverpool: Team News
Mamadou Sakho is the latest casuality for Jurgen Klopp, who sufferd a head injury in the Capital One Cup final defeat to Manchester City. Fellow defenders Martin Skrtel and Steven Caulker are already injuried, but Dejan Lovren is available. It would be interesting to see if Klopp goes with Lovren or use Lucas as a make-shift center half to partner Kolo Toure.
Daniel Strurridge who suffered a cramp against City at Wembley is a doubt and it is unlikely to risk him if he is not fully fit considering the brittle nature of his fitness. Adam Lallana could replace him in the starting lineup, with Benteke and Origi also an option.
Liverpool : Predicted Lineup (4-3-3)
Mignolet – Toure, Lovren, Clyne, Moreno –Can, Henderson, Milner – Filmino, Coutinho, Lallana.
Manchester City: Team News
Samir Nasri, De Bruyne and Fabian Delph are injured for Manuel Pellegrini’s men. Joe Hart could to the goal replacing Willy Caballero, while Aleksandar Kolarov could come in for Gael Clichy. Jesus Navas is also pushing for a start in place of Fernandinho, who was deployed as a right winger in the weekend against Liverpool.
Manchester City Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Hart – Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov, Sagna –Fernandinho, Toure – Silva, Sterling, Navas – Aguero.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Head-to-Head Stats
Last 5 Matches: Liverpool: 3 wins, Man City: 2 wins
MNC 1 : 4 LIV (21-11-2015)
LIV 2 : 1 MNC (01-03-2015)
MNC 3 : 1 LIV (25-08-2014)
LIV 3 : 2 MNC (13-04-2014)
MNC 2 : 1 LIV (26-12-2013)
The last five matches between Liverpool and Manchester city in the Premier League have seen over 2.5 goals. Liverpool’s 4-1 win in the first leg of this season’s clash is a one-off incident in a fixture normally dominates by City since last few seasons.
Man City have a poor record while playing against Liverpool at Anfield. Liverpool are unbeaten in the last 13 home matches against Manchester City in the Premier League. The last City win at Anfield came in May 2003.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Prediction
Manchester City has been poor on the road all season. They will be motivated by the Capital One Cup triumph and Pellegrini knows well that they cant afford to drop anymore points, since the gap between them and Leicester now stands at 9 points. He will want to win here despite Anfield traditionally being one of their tough venues.
Fatigue will play an important role for both teams after the cup final was stretched to penalty shoot-out at Wembley. But certainly, Liverpool must be considered as favourites looking at the strong home record against City in over a record. And Klopp’s men have done pretty well against strong sides in the league and this is a perfect chance to get their league campaign back on track.[interaction id=”56d56b1c36e5105a3a2eda9c”]