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Man City v Liverpool

City of Manchester Stadium
Saturday, 9 April
Kick-off: 1500 BST




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Manchester City have Ben Thatcher available after a hamstring injury and he is vying with Stephen Jordan for the left-back berth.

Steve McManaman (calf) and Shaun Wright-Phillips (knee) are both out but Paul Bosvelt returns.

Liverpool's Fernando Morientes and Mauricio Pellegrino are expected to return but Milan Baros is suspended.

Xabi Alonso is not included in the squad but he is expected to return for Wednesday's game against Juventus.



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Man City (from): James, Weaver, Mills, Onouha, Dunne, Distin, Sommeil, Jordan, Thatcher, Croft, Bosvelt, Reyna, Flood, Barton, Sibierski, Musampa, Fowler, Macken, B Wright-Phillips.

Liverpool (from): Dudek, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Pellegrino, Traore, Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso, Gerrard, Biscan, Riise, Morientes, Le Tallec, Nunez, Smicer, Carson, Warnock, Welsh, Potter.



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Manchester City skipper Sylvain Distin:
"We know Liverpool will be tough, but you never know, this could be a good time to play them.
"The game comes between two really big ones for them. If we can get on top inside the first 30 minutes, they might start thinking about the tie in Turin."



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BIG-MATCH FACTS


MANCHESTER CITY find themselves in mid table obscurity despite being the only club this season to record a Premiership victory over Chelsea. Now they provide the opposition for Liverpool's 500th Premier League game.

The Citizens' 15 home League games this season have resulted in five wins, five draws and five defeats. They've recorded one victory in eight League outings, home and away, and are still searching for a first win under acting manager Stuart Pearce. The former England stalwart, known affectionately as "Psycho", has presided over one defeat and one draw so far and needs a victory from this his first home match in charge to enhance his chances of landing the job permanently.

City extended their long winless run to 11 games when they last faced Liverpool at Eastlands, however former Red Robbie Fowler rescued a point with a last minute toe-poke for a 2-2 draw. Now the Citizens are chasing a first win in four Premiership contests with the Merseysiders, and only their third maximum over the Reds in this League. Their only previous victory over Liverpool on home turf in the Premier League was 2-1 on 14 April 1995 when Nicky Summerbee and Maurizio Gaudino were on target.

LIVERPOOL run out on the back of Tuesday's emotionally-charged 2-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Anfield. That was the third victory on the spin for Rafael Benitez' Reds, following successive home League wins over Everton and Bolton.

Should the Merseysiders mark their 250th Premier League match away from home with victory, it would be the first time since around Christmas that they'd achieved three consecutive Premiership victories, and would take them above neighbours Everton and into a top four Champions League qualifying spot. The Toffees, who currently hold a one point lead over Liverpool, don't play their home fixture with Crystal Palace until Sunday.

Liverpool have beaten City 2-1 in each of their last two Premiership meetings - both at Anfield. Nicolas Anelka scored for the fourth time in three games against his former club to put City in front in this season's reverse fixture, but Milan Baros cancelled it out and Steven Gerrard secured victory in Benitez' first home match in charge. Liverpool have only won once on City soil in the Premiership (0-3 on 28 September 2002), and have not done the 'double' over them since 1989. They've achieved 14 'doubles' in all against the Manchester club since the first meeting in the League in 1893.


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Referee:

Mike Riley (Leeds)


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SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

MANCHESTER CITY


Club stats
Fixtures
12th 37 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 11th
Lowest could fall: 13th

Chalked up one win in the last eight Premiership matches. That being 2-3 at Norwich on 28 February.
Lost three of the last five in the top flight.

Lost the last two home League games.
Not scored in two home Premiership games, or in 221 minutes (three hours 41 minutes) of League football at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Kept three clean sheets in top flight games at Eastlands this season (v Charlton, Chelsea, Aston V).
Failed to score in five home League games (v Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Bolton).
LIVERPOOL


Club stats
Fixtures
5th 50 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 4th
Lowest could fall: 5th

Won eight of the last 12 in all competitions.
Won four and drawn one of their last five League and Cup matches since losing 1-0 at Newcastle in the Premiership on 5 March.
Won the last two Premiership matches (v Everton 2-1 h) and Bolton (1-0 h).
Completed five Premiership draws this season. Only Chelsea have finished all square that infrequently.
Won three and drawn one of the 10 games in which they were behind at half time.
Conceded only once in the first 15 minutes of top flight encounters. Only Arsenal can equal that.
Lost 10 of the 11 League matches, in which failed to score.

Lost the last two Premiership games away from home.


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KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

MANCHESTER CITY


Squad profiles

Should they figure, David JAMES, Steve McMANAMAN and Robbie FOWLER will be facing their former club.
If he takes his place in goal, JAMES will be making his 50th appearance for Manchester City.
If he participates, FOWLER will be playing on his 30th birthday.
If he gets a run out, William FLOOD will be playing on the eve of his 20th birthday.
LIVERPOOL


Squad profiles

If on the field at kick off, Steven GERRARD will be making his 250th start for Liverpool.
Jamie CARRAGHER remains the only player to have figured in every minute of every one of Liverpool's Premiership matches. If he maintains that record, the 27 year old defender will be making his 350th appearance for his club.
Suspended: Milan BAROS


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LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME:
Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool
28 December 2003 - Ref: Mike Riley
Man City scorers: Anelka 30 pen, Fowler 90
Liverpool scorers: Smicer 66, Hamann 80



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THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City
21 August 2004 - Ref: Graham Poll
Liverpool scorers: Baros 48, Gerrard 75
Man City scorer: Anelka 45
Sent Off: Dunne (Manchester C) 85



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HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Man City 36 wins, Liverpool 69, Draws 32
Prem: Man City 2 wins, Liverpool 7, Draws 6

HEAD TO HEAD at Manchester City
League: Man City 23 wins, Liverpool 27, Draws 18
Prem: Man City 1 win, Liverpool 1, Draws 5
 

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I'm hoping that there'll be a CL hangover for the Scousers which we can take advantage of and win 1-0 or 2-0 for Psycho. Fowler is certain to score anyway
 

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. Fowler is certain to score anyway

:yuck: :yuck:
 

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Whats wrong with saying that? The way hes been playing recently, plus its against his old club.

Doesn't matter anyway, as Kiki scored instead. Great result, and I feel we deserved it. Fowler was good, as were Musampa, Croft, Dunne and Reyna, plus BWP for the 10mins he was on.
 

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Great result! Well deserved as we were robbed last week against Charlton so a bit of luck and a late strike are our just deserts. Lets hope we can sign Musampa full time.
 

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i now wen we bought musampa i was like another shit buy but over the last 2 games hes bin class i fought brabley wright phillps looked like his dad he was shit hot for 10 mins lee croft played well wat a great result for us
 

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No, we did not apply. I am glad we didn't, it can knacker the players. Look at Fulham when they played in it. Most English teams now steer clear of it. Only 3 teams applied this season. Palace, Newcastle and Boro.
 

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A nice win and special K's strike brought an overdue win for stueies boys. :thmbup:
 
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