The northern derby match of the 13th round

Last updated: November 19, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DWWWD
Away form: LWWWD
Last season: 3-1
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester City and Liverpool will play for the 154th time in their history. The Reds have a big advantage in the Head to Head matches. They have won on 72 occasions, 28 of them were away from home. Manchester City’s home victories over Liverpool are 28. There has been 21 draws in Manchester.

The Reds are performing well away from home. Liverpool haven’t lost for 5 games in all competitions. The players have already got on with their new head coach and now the team can only improve. Moreover, The Merseysiders have conceded only 3 goals in their last 5 away games (2 victories and 3 draws). The bad news for Klopp is that 6 key players are injured and won’t take part in the match.

Manchester City showed they have difficulties against teams with a strong defensive approach. The Citizens drew 0-0 against Aston Villa in their visit to Villa Park. That was the second time from the beginning of the season were City couldn’t score a goal. In addition, the City players will have in mind the next Champions League game against Juventus and they might not be concentrating enough for the upcoming fixture.

Team News

The Argentinian left back Pablo Zabaleta is suffering from a knee ligament injury and won’t be ready to play against Liverpool.

The Liverpool captain James Milner, who is ex Man City player, has received a hamstring problem and won’t be fit for the game.

The youngsters Flanagan and Rossiter are both injured. Another main omission for The Reds is Sturridge, who is suffering from a knee injury.

Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and David Silva have recovered from their injuries and will be able to help their team against The Merseysiders.

Quotes of the week

manuel pellegrini Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) : “I was not happy in the way we were playing, so we needed a change.”

klopp Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “We press very high with the intention of trying to make the other team lose the ball close to their goal. If we do it right, and win the ball back in these areas, it gives us a better chance to score.”

Expected line-ups:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart, Sagna, Kolarov, Kompany, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Fernando, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero.
Subs Mangala, Toure, Navas, Caballero, Bony, Delph, Nasri.
Injured: Zabaleta.
Not available:
Liverpool (4-5-1): Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Leiva, Can, Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Benteke.
Subs Bogdan, Ibe, Firmino, Allen, Moreno, Origi, Enrique.
Injured: Flanagan, Ings, Milner, Rossiter, Sturridge, Gomez
Not available:

Key Battle

Toure this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 877 2 3,2 4 1 2 0
milner Milner this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 964 1 1,5 3 2 5 0

So far this season

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Manchester City this season Liverpool this season
1 League Position 10
5 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (2)
6-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-1 vs. Chelsea
0 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (3)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
1-4 to Tottenham Biggest Defeat 0-3 to West Ham
Aguero (6) Top scorer Benteke, Coutinho (4)
Silva (6) Assist Leader Milner (3)
Y24, R0 Discipline Y26, R1
2 Failures to score 3
7 Clean Sheets 4
5 Both Teams to Score Games 7
7 Over 2.5 Games 5
5 Under 2.5 Games 7
  • Manchester City have won their last 5 home games, but have conceded a goal in each of them. However, they have scored 20 (4 on average).
  • The last match between these two teams at The Etihad Stadium ended with a 3-1 victory for The Citizens. Jovetic scored twice and Aguero added a goal for the win.
  • Liverpool haven’t won at The Etihad Stadium since 2012 when they recorded a 1-0 victory with Gerrard’s goal from the penalty spot.
  • 4 of the last 8 games between these two teams have finished with a 2-2 final score. There has been 40 draws from 153 games in total.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
01/03/15 The Premier League Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City J. Henderson 11′
25/08/14 The Capital One Cup Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool S. Jovetić 41′
31/07/14 Friendly Manchester City 2-2(P) Liverpool S. Jovetić 53′
13/04/14 The Premier League Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City R. Sterling 6′
26/12/13 The Premier League Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool Coutinho 24′