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Manchester City play hosts to Liverpool on Boxing Day with both teams desperate to take three points from what is expected to be an exciting encounter.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5:30 pm GMT. Live coverage is on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:25 pm GMT.


Manchester City have one of the best records at home in the whole of Europe and are in rampaging form at the Etihad, as has been demonstrated by their 4-1 thrashing of Manchester United, 6-3 demolition of Arsenal and 6-0 obliteration of Tottenham Hotspur.

The Citizens have scored 51 goals in 17 league games and have one of the best attacks in the whole of Europe. They have lost only two of their last 56 games at home and given their current form are looking good to keep the form going till the end of the season.

However, their only problem has been their form away from home, where they have flattered to deceive and have collected 11 points from a possible 24. Their win last week against Fulham was a step in the right direction and will be a major problem for their title rivals if they are able to keep their form going. A win here will take them above Liverpool who are sitting pretty on the top of the table.

Liverpool will be looking to keep their position at the top of the table and a win here will cement their position as major title contenders. However, a loss may see them drop out of the top four should the other teams involved in the melee manage to take full points in their corresponding fixtures. Brendan Rodgers will be looking to Luis Suarez for inspiration, who has been a revelation thus far, scoring 19 goals from only 12 league appearances.

Luis Suarez

What the Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "Liverpool is a very good team and Suarez is in a very good moment. But I think this Premier League, we are just finishing the first half, in two more games. And this Premier League will not just be Liverpool and Manchester City. Five or six teams will fight until the end."

Brendan Rodgers: "We know it is a tough place to go. This season, Manchester City have won every one of their games at home but we've won every one at home bar one. They obviously have confidence at home and they score goals but they concede goals. You normally lose it (a 100 per cent record) at some stage of the season, it will depend on a team going there and having the bravery to play and get that bit of luck when you need it."

Form Guide

Manchester City

  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W W W W D
  • Last Result: Fulham 2-4 Manchester City


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W W W W L
  • Last Result: Liverpool 3-1 Cardiff City

Team News

Manchester City

  • Injured: Sergio Agüero(calf), Matija Nastasic (calf), Micah Richards(hamstring), Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring).
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Hart; Clichy, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Touré; Navas, Silva, Nasri; Negredo


  • Injured: Steven Gerrard (hamstring), Daniel Sturridge (ankle), Luiz Enrique(knee), Sebastian Coates (knee).
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Mignolet; Johnson, Sakho, Skrtel, Flanagan; Allen, Lucas, Henderson; Coutinho, Suárez, Sterling.