Manchester City vs Liverpool: Boxing Day Preview (Live on BT Sport)

Manchester City vs Liverpool
Thursday, December 26, 5.30PM kick off
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Premier League
Live on BT Sport

One of the standout fixtures over the festive season will be Manchester City’s clash with Liverpool on Boxing Day, with both sides in the mix for honours this season.

The Etihad Stadium outfit have turned their home into a fortress this term, taking maximum points from their clashes in Manchester in the Premier League. This home form, in which Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have been put to the sword, promises to install Manuel Pellegrini’s men as one of the favourites for the Premier League title come May.

City are the top goalscorers in the English Premier League this season, but will be without Argentine talisman Sergio Aguero for the clash against the Reds, who is currently on the treatment table.

Despite this, the Chilean manager has a wealth of attacking talent waiting to deputise, and the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Alvaro Negredo will threaten the Anfield club’s rearguard.

Against Fulham in City’s last outing, Pellegrini opted to play Negredo and Edin Dzeko in attack, with the visitors scoring four goals away from home for the first time this season in a 4-2 win.

Ahead of the game, the hosts are one point behind Liverpool and will look to get a win to take them above the Merseysiders in the table.

Liverpool have had inconsistent form away from home this season, but put that right with a 5-0 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane recently.

The manner of the performance was as impressive as the result, and it appears that Brendan Rodgers’ men are ticking into gear at just the right time.

In Luis Suarez, the Merseysiders have the form player in the division. The Uruguayan has been lethal in front of goal this season, while his link-up play and creativity have made Liverpool a force to be reckoned with.

The tempestuous Uruguyan put pen to paper on a new contract last week and netted twice in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Cardiff last time out. This brace takes Suarez to 19 goals already in the Premier League.

Despite the forced absence of Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard through injury, Rodgers’ team dynamic at the moment seems very balanced, with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling stepping up to take responsibility in the pair’s absence.

Although the top four will be Liverpool’s priority this season, many are touting the Reds as potential title challengers, and they are right in the mix at the half-way point in the campaign.

However, they face arguably the toughest game in English football here, and will need to be at their very best to avoid defeat at the Etihad Stadium. That said, Liverpool did win on their last visit to the Etihad Stadium – a 1-0 victory in the Capital One Cup back in January 2012.

With a congested fixture list, cup competitions on the horizon and the players starting to feel fatigue, this fixture will be a real test of the respective sides’ ambitions to remain within the higher reaches of the league. Three points for either side would be a real indicator that the victor is ready to kick on and have a successful 2014.

TV coverage

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5 thoughts on “Manchester City vs Liverpool: Boxing Day Preview (Live on BT Sport)”

  1. As well as Liverpool are playing I cannot look past a City victory. Liverpool’s defending isn’t that good especially from set pieces and City will exploit that. Johnson has been poor, Flanagan will have his work cut out for him against an experienced Navas and Skrtyl is an accident waiting to happen (should have been called for at least 3 penalties against Cardiff and has been doing the same thing all season long).

    There should be goals at both ends in this one especially with Suarez in the form he is in.

  2. Didnt Liverpool draw 2-2 last time @ the Etihad? Gerrard scored late then Aguero equalized soon after when Reina came out to far and was beaten with a bender while Aguero was falling down from a bad angle. The top 2 counter-attacking squads in the league. should be fun.

    1. Yea, it was a classic Gerrard volley. Both games between these two ended 2-2 last season, with defensive mistakes by LIverpool handing City each of the draws.

  3. Under Mancini City were more cautious but under Pellegrini City are more adventurous both at home and away. With the players they have they can score a lot and have so many players who can score. That’s the difference between City and most other teams. Liverpool don’t have the same luxury.

    Don’t expect this game to end in a draw. There will be goals and I expect City to keep alive their winning streak at home.

    1. Aguero is the spark for City and this becomes more of a 1 goal game either way. LFC has shored up their defense since the lost to Arsenal and have not really given up real chances in open play. Their problems come in defending set pieces. If they can keep City in front of them and not give up direct free kicks in dangerous areas and Skrtel can avoid own goals then I give Liverpool a real chance to end City’s home streak. So according to recent form…

      In open play:
      Liverpool Attack = City Attack
      Liverpool Defense > City Defense

      From set pieces:
      Liverpool attack < City attack
      Liverpool defense < City defense

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