Liverpool vs Manchester City – Match Preview
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 1, 2016
With a fantastic win in the Champions League and a Cup Final success at Wembley, morale couldn’t be any higher for City as they now face a difficult Premier League away fixture at Anfield against the Capital One Cup Runners-Up.
The rollercoaster ride at Manchester City was clearly epitomised lately after two consecutive wins in two different competitions. This coming after a horrible 3 game loosing streak including a painful loss of ground on the current Premier League leaders, Leicester City, as well as a demolition in the FA Cup. But after beating Liverpool at the weekend, confidence will be at an all time high, you would have thought anyway. It’s also the first time Raheem Sterling will be facing his former crowd at Anfield, and will be sure to receive a ‘brilliant’ reception.
With Sunday’s League Cup Final going all the way to a penalty shoot-out, recovery and preparation for this game may decide who will come out on top. Changes may be at a premium too, with City looking to claw back some lost ground in the Premier League title race, and Liverpool seeking the dizzy heights of 5th spot. The only possible changes for City may come in defence, with Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov coming in at full back after missing out on the Wembley trip.
This game is simply too tight to predict an exact scoreline however, some factors may affect the outcome of this game. Any game that goes all the way to penalties can be physically draining; more so for the losers Liverpool. The morale boost that the City players gained over the past 2 wins may just carry them through this, not to mention the psychological advantage they may have over their opponents after coming out on top at Wembley. It is almost certain that this will be an extremely well fought game but, simply down to the weekend’s events, I personally can see City just pipping the Reds in this one; despite Liverpool having a point to prove.
Manchester City Line-Up Prediction (4-2-3-1)
Willy Caballero – In Tuesday’s press conference ahead of this tie, Manuel Pellegrini (On the ‘goalkeeper selection’) stated that “It’s a very easy decision – we’ll see tomorrow”. This suggests to me that the Argentine, after his Wembley heroics, may be worthy of a start in goal, despite Joe Hart’s record of playing the large majority of Premier League matches.
Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany (C), Nicolas Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov
Fernando and Fernandinho
Jesús Navas, David Silva, Raheem Sterling