Man City V Liverpool Preview

Tonight is the night. Man City will either be ready to challenge for the title or “a long way off unless they can gel together quickly.”

Commentators are licking their lips, pundits are sharpening their knifes and Roberto Mancini is possibly looking a little tired due to lack of sleep. The pressure will be intense tonight. Man City’s superstars, at home for the first time this season after two disappointing performances to-date.  Who will make a debut? Balotelli? Milner? Who will take their chance to become a cult hero early in their career? Silva? Toure?

Liverpool should be arriving as underdogs. The start of the summer was a terrible time to be a Liverpool fan as Torres was leaving, Gerrard was leaving, Mascherano was leaving, Benitez had gone. But tonight each of those three will start the game, and while Joe Cole misses out through suspension, there is enough confidence around the Merseysiders to suggest that with some big performances from their stars, they should win this one.

Balotelli set for Premiership debut?

A look at both squads shows one whose first game lineup had a huge amount of talent, but little togetherness. The other played their opening game as a team with 100% commitment, but lacked flair. Tonight may be a war of attrition in midfield. Yaya Toure and De Jong versus Mascherano and Poulsen. An intense battleground with the likes of Torres, Gerrard, Silva and Balotelli being expected to provide a spark of individual genius by their managers.

Man City play a strange formation with attackers on the wings playing reasonably deep, while using at least two defensive central midfielders and one lone man up front. Liverpool may try to match them at their own game tonight. Indications are that Poulsen will start alongside Mascherano while Kuyt and Jovanovic will play deep on either flank and Gerrard will fluctuate between central midfield and providing support for Torres.

Poulsen to make Premier League debut?

It’s difficult to see goals in this one, despite the wealth of attacking talent on display. It isn’t difficult to see red cards though. If both teams start with two holding midfielders, each is capable of a rash challenge which could help to open the game up a little. It would be nice to imagine both teams will try to throw down a marker and go out to win at any cost.

They won’t though. Our prediction? 1-1.

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