Micah Richards and Vincent Kompany are still sidelined with injury, but Matija Nastasic is available once again and looks set to partner Joleon Lescott in central-defence, despite Roberto Mancini’s hesitance to field two left-footers together. Maicon could feature on the bench, whilst Nastasic’s return should see Javi Garcia move forward into midfield alongside Gareth Barry.
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The main selection dilemma is whether to opt for James Milner’s graft, workrate and willing or plump for Samir Nasri and his technical ability. Milner has thrived against Liverpool in the past, especially at the Etihad Stadium, but I would expect Nasri to start in spite of his anonymous showing against QPR during the week.
Here is the side Mancini could select:
Referee: Anthony Taylor – He has only officiated one City match over the past season and a half, a convincing 4-1 home victory over Aston Villa last season.
Prediction: MAN CITY 2 – 1 Liverpool – Liverpool, on their day, can be hugely tricky opponents and should they find their passing range, we could be in a spot of bother. However, I’d expect that, being at home, we’ll start positively and hopefully an early goal should settle us down. Goals to be scored by Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Luis Suarez.
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