NBC’s “12 Days of Premier League” continues with a massive top of the table clash between league leaders Liverpool and 3rd placed Manchester City.
Liverpool (T-1st place 36 points) at Manchester City (3rd place 35 points) at Etihad Stadium Thursday, December 26th at 12:30 PM ET/ 9:30 AM PT on NBCSN
Current Form (All Competitions):
Liverpool: L-W-W-W-W (12 points)
Manchester City: D-W-W-W-W (13 points)
Series History – Last Five Matches (All Competitions)
– Manchester City 2 – Liverpool 2 at Etihad Stadium, Premier League (3 February 2013)
– Liverpool 2 – Manchester City 2 at Anfield, Premier League (26 August 2012)
– Liverpool 2 – Manchester City 2 at Anfield, League Cup Semi-Finals 2nd Leg (25 January 2012)
– Manchester City 1 – Liverpool 0 at Etihad Stadium, League Cup Semi-Finals 1st Leg (11 January 2012)
– Manchester City 3 – Liverpool 0 at Etihad Stadium, Premier League (3 January 2012)
– Liverpool defeated Cardiff City 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday
– Manchester City defeated Fulham 4-2 in the Premier League on Saturday
– Both teams have been in torrid form as of late with both teams scoring 3+ goals in each of their last 4 games in all competitions. Liverpool find themselves atop the Premier League standings after 17 games with City closing in on them fast. Manchester City have a chance to overtake Liverpool and go top with a win on Thursday.
– It is widely known that City play much better at home than on the road so the odds will surely be in City’s favor (City are a perfect 8-0-0 at home this season and have scored an astonishing 35 goals while only letting in 5). Manchester City will be playing their 2nd game without leading scorer Sergio Aguero who is expected to be out for as much as 8 weeks with a calf injury. The absence of Aguero clearly did not hurt City in their last match as they put 4 goals past Fulham at Craven Cottage. Look for City to again rely upon Yaya Toure to pull the strings and put City back on top of the Premier League.
– Who would have thought that Liverpool would be atop the Premier League table entering the Christmas Period? Despite Liverpool’s strong start to the season they have yet to beat anyone currently in the top 5, managing only a 3-3 draw against Everton. Liverpool has scored at least 3 goals in each of their last 4 games with of course Luis Suarez leading the way. Suarez is currently leading the league with 19 goals. Look for Liverpool to provide Suarez with every opportunity to add to that tally as they try to stay atop the Premier League.
– The goalkeeping matchup will definitely be one to watch in this one. It seems as if Joe Hart has won his spot back after a period on the bench following a stretch of weak performances by the England #1. On the other side, Simon Mignolet has been one of many bright spots for Liverpool this season as he has solidified a defense that has 19 goals thus far. Manchester City have Liverpool have the 2 best offenses at this stage of the season, so if one of these keepers can have a big day that may very well mean good news for their club.
– This is the first time that Manuel Pellegrini and Brendan Rodgers will be facing each other as head coaches. Pellegrini has come in and seems to have City on the rise and a real contender for the title while Rodgers has taken Liverpool back the summit of the Premier League and back among the list of serious title contenders which is where everyone (Liverpool supporter or not) likes to seem them.
Manchester City wins 3-2 with goals from Yaya Toure, Negredo and Dzeko for City.