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Manchester City vs Liverpool EPL December 26, 2013

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Manchester City vs Liverpool FC
2013/2014 English Premier League, Round 18 

On Thursday, 26th December at 18:30 (CET), Manchester City will host Liverpool FC at Etihad Stadium for Round 18 of the 2013/2014 English Premier League. 
Man City will welcome the league-leaders Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium Thursday where the home side has won every game so far this term at a combined total goal comparison of 35 for and just 5 conceded. However, the Citizens have been prone to the defensive error or two, so the defence must stay alert to Luis Suarez's tireless work rate. Despite Aguero being out with a calf injury, Dzeko is still expected to drop to the bench in favor of Negredo. Manuel Pelligrini must find a suitable replacement for right-backs Micah Richards and Zabaleta (doubtful), as Clichy left much to be desired away from his natural left-sided position last weekend against Fulham. Jovetic and Nastasic remain long-term absentees.
  • Probable lineups Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Touré; Navas, Silva, Nasri; Negredo.

Liverpool team have defied their expectations this season, entering Boxing Day atop the Premier League table. While critics wondered if the Reds could deal with the injuries to Sturridge and Gerrard, Liverpool went about their business, most recently whacking Tottenham 5-0 and Cardiff City 3-1. Luis Suarez has been a man possessed, tallying 19 goals from just 12 appearances this season. Expect this goal-scoring trend to continue for the controversial Uruguayan. But will it be enough to get a result against the top scoring team in England? The defence must be compact and focused throughout, as at times on the road this season they've perhaps gone a bit missing-conceding 2 to Swansea, 2 to Newcastle, 2 to Arsenal, 3 to Everton, and 3 to Hull. Enrique and Coates will join Sturridge and Gerrard on the sidelines.
  • Probable lineups Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet – Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Kelly – Lucas, Allen – Sterling, Henderson, Coutinho – Suarez.

Last Meeting: 03.02.2013, Manchester City - Liverpool 2:2
Wins Manchester City: 39 - Wins Liverpool: 69 - Draws: 40.

Date: Thursday, 26 December 2013 17:30 GMT - 18:30 CET
Stadium: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom
Referee: Lee Mason

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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