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Match Preview: Man. City v Liverpool

Saturday 18/March/2017 - 03:45 PM
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Man. City will face Sunday Man. City in the 29th fixture of the English Premier League at City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester، England، at 6:30pm Cairo time، BBC reported.

TEAM NEWS

Manchester City could recall Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi، both of whom dropped to the bench in Wednesday's defeat by Monaco.

City remain without long-term absentees Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan.

Liverpool will assess forward Roberto Firmino، who missed last weekend's win against Burnley with a minor injury.

Dejan Lovren، who has been nursing a knee problem، played for the under-23 side on Monday and is fit to make his first senior appearance since January.

Divock Origi is doubtful because of a knock and illness، while injured duo Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge will again miss out.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "I have heard people have written that I will change 12 or 13 players [this summer]. That is impossible. They have contracts. You have to pay them.

"We will try and improve the team. Next month and a half I expect a huge step forward. Next season will be better. Just because they are out of contract doesn't mean they will all leave. Some will stay."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Guardiola: "I am not in doubt about his quality. Maybe a few people are but I am not. I respect him a lot.

"I know probably a few people think (differently) now they are out of the Champions League but I think the way they played was quite impressive as Monaco.

"City could have won the game easily in the second half but because they are human beings they missed a few chances. For me City is the most difficult team to play. I know their image at this moment in this country is a little bit different."

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

Manchester City have lost five of the last six Premier League meetings.

City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 12 games against Liverpool in all competitions.

Liverpool's 4-1 win in this fixture last season is their only victory in the last seven Premier League meetings at the Etihad Stadium.

Victory would ensure the Reds become the first team to record a top-flight double against a side managed by Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City

Victory would be City's 200th Premier League home win.

They have lost five Premier League games this season - Pep Guardiola has never suffered six league defeats in a single season as a manager or head coach.

Sergio Aguero has scored in all four of his Premier League games versus Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium (four goals) - despite never having netted at Anfield.

John Stones could make his 100th Premier League appearance.

Liverpool

Liverpool are unbeaten in nine league games this season against the top six sides prior to the latest round of matches، winning five of those matches.

The Reds have run further than any other team in the division، averaging a total of 117.3km per game. Manchester City have the next highest total، with 114.8km per game.

Their only win in six competitive away games in 2017 came at League Two side Plymouth in the FA Cup on 18 January.

Philippe Coutinho has scored four Premier League goals in five games against Manchester City - more than against any other team. He also netted against City in last season's League Cup final.

Sadio Mane has had a hand in four goals in his last three Premier League appearances against City (three goals، one assist).

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