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Manchester City host Liverpool in the 2014/15 Premier League season at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 8 pm BST. Live TV coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD and radio coverage on BBC Radio 5Live.
Manchester City welcome last season's title challengers Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium on Monday. It's just the second game of the season for both clubs, but will be a good confidence booster for the club that comes away with the three points.
City will look to continue their form which saw them breeze past Newcastle United on the opening day of the season. The Etihad Stadium outfit will have a relatively full squad to choose from apart from the injured Alvaro Negredo.
Manuel Pellegrini can call upon new signing Eliaquim Mangala, who might start at the heart of the City defence with captain Vincent Kompany. The Chilean coach will hope to continue their home form from last season, which saw them win 17 out of their 19 home fixtures.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will hope to get one over their title rivals early in the season. The Reds started their campaign with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Southampton and forwards Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling picked up where they left off last season by grabbing a goal each.
Brendan Rodgers has been a busy man this summer and made a flurry of signings to make sure there are no slip ups like last year, when they lost the title to City after being favourites to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in their history. Also, they have to get used to playing without Player of the Year 2013/14 Luis Suarez, who left for Barcelona earlier in the summer.
Rodgers is also in the process of recruiting former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who is reportedly set to complete his move to Liverpool in the next couple of days. It would have been a treat to see him make his debut against his old club, but alas it is not to be.
Stat of the Match: Manchester City have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four Premier League games against Liverpool.
What Managers Say
Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City): "I always say to the players these games are games of six points – especially when you play at home. I think that in the Premier League, there are also four or five strong teams. We hope to win three points at home, it is important to win points at home."
Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool): "I think the nature of both teams is the offensive game, but of course they're normally tight games. If you look at both sets of players, there's lots of invention and creativity in the team. I think both will be creative and want to score goals. We know we need to be compact and solid when we haven't got the ball, and we need to be aggressive and press well. We know we have the freedom, movement and pace that can hurt teams. We understand it's early on, but it'll be a good game for sure."
Betting Odds (888Sport.com)
- Manchester City to win: 5/6
- Liverpool to win: 16/5
- Draw: 29/10
Probable Lineup: Hart; Kolarov, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy; Nasri, Fernando, Toure, Silva; Aguero, Dzeko.
Probable Lineup: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Manquillo; Gerrard, Allen; Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling; Sturridge.