Liverpool To Face Mancini's City
Bellamy could cause problems...
New look Man City under Roberto Mancini have not exactly been setting the league on fire since they opted to get rid of Mark Hughes. Liverpool travel to The City Of Manchester Stadium tomorrow with 3 points being the aim.
Man City's last 5 fixtures read LWLWD. Within that time they have suffered defeats to Everton and even relegation battling Hull, they have also dropped points against Stoke and were lucky to have even left with the 1 point.
On the other hand, despite our 1-0 loss to Arsenal, we are on the back of a steady run of form WDWWL compared to City's up and down, at least we have some consistency not to mention 4 clean sheets out of the 5 matches.
We also had a successful night in the Europa League after the lads managed to beat Unirea Urziceni 1-0, again keeping a clean sheet.
So we have more than enough positives to go out and fight for this win.
Man City however unsteady they may have been of late though should not be shunned for their abilities, players like Bellamy for a starters would relish the chance to put one past Liverpool and his pace can always cause problems.
Tevez is also on good form so could prove some difficulties if the defence are not sharp. Recent performances from the back 4 though have been solid so let's hope they can continue this.
As for ourselves, i think maybe it is time to give Babel that start, played very well in the time that he was on the pitch so let him have another chance to prove his worth, if he fails to step up to the plate though it could be disastrous.
Riera was rather poor on Thursday night, some say he's still not match fit, i don't know how true that is but i do feel for this fixture Rodriguez or Babel should be utilised.
Would be quite happy to see N'Gog again although he was a bit shaky for the majority of the match against Unirea he did however score, perhaps go for the option of two up front though? Shift Kuyt up off the wing, N'Gog i feel needs more support at the moment until that confidence comes flooding back.
Be interesting to see if Rafa opts for Masch and Lucas in midfield or starts Aquilani again, i have a strange feeling looking at what the nature of the game could be like it may well be Lucas and Masch.
We're still without Torres, Johnson and Benayoun, plus side though in that the likes of Torres and Yossi have been seen in training so hopefully it is not too long until they are back in action.
As for my prediction, well i have a feeling it shall be similar in play to our 2-2 draw with them earlier in the season and as much as i would love our lads to come away with the win i shall have to be more realistic i think and predict that it will be an eventful 1-1 draw.