Manchester City face Liverpool in this weekend’s Saturday Night Football.
City’s last game before the International break ended in 0-0 draw with rock bottom Aston Villa. They missed a chance to go three points clear with that draw but remain top of the pile after the chasing pack failed to capitalize on that.
Liverpool however suffered a defeat at home last time out to Crystal Palace. They had not lost a single game under their manager Jürgen Klopp until the loss to Palace who have made a habit of beating the Reds at home.
Both teams would want to get back to winning ways after dropping points in their last matches.
City have been missing various key players through injury but will hope to get some of them back this weekend for this all important fixture at the Etihad.
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp was on an unbeaten run before losing to Crystal Palace at Anfield. He will be hoping to get back on track against a somewhat depleted Manchester City side. He was very optimistic in his pre match conference when he said that he was confident of beating the league leaders.
City captain Vincent Kompany is reported to be injured and probably will miss this encounter. He has been pivotal to their title challenge this season. They have conceded once this whole season anytime he has started a league game and this further shows his importance to the team. He alongside Silva and certain players are missing from the squad.
It will also be an emotional moment for Raheem Sterling who faces the club where he began his career.
Coincidentally, he made his debut for Liverpool against City back in 2012 as a 16 year old.
Manchester City are joint top with Arsenal on 26 points. They lead the Gunners only with a superior goal difference. Liverpool sit 10th on the league table with 17 points.
- Aguero is expected to make a return to the first team after a month out. City have missed him very much and his services were sourly missed in the draw against Aston Villa.
- Silva remains injured. He is joined by Kompany, Nasri and Bony on the City treatment table.
- Yaya Toure is a doubt for this game.
- Jürgen Klopp will be fielding a side similar to the one that lost against Palace.
- Phillipe Coutinho who has been in great goal scoring form is a certain starter for the Reds.
- Benteke is set to start in attack.
- Kevin De Bryune who was wasteful against Villa will be in the starting lineup for the league leaders.
- Joe Hart who had a solid game in goal against France on International duty in midweek will be hoping to carry such form into this must win game against the Reds.
- Otamendi and Mangala will pair up in Central defense due to Kompany’s injury.
- Injury prone Daniel Sturridge is still out of the squad.
- Raheem Sterling will be facing his former team which he left in the summer for a record fee for the first time.
A minute silence will be observed at all the Premier League centers in remembrance of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks that occurred in the French Capital.
The Clasico might have all the media hype this weekend but the clash between these two big teams are anything but boring. It is sure to be intense and very exciting due to the rivalry and the chance to have the bragging rights over the other.
KICK OFF is at 17:30GMT on Saturday.