Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJanuary 31, 2013

Manchester City and Liverpool have been two of the hottest teams in the Premier League since December. And even though both teams come into this match off draws, they're sure to provide plenty of highlights.

Manchester City is currently playing without star midfielder Yaya Toure—playing in the Africa Cup of Nations—but it has kept the ship afloat in January.

Liverpool has played incredibly well in the month, but recently gave up a disappointing 2-2 draw to Arsenal.

With both teams looking to continue their winning ways, here's all you need to know for this exciting Premier League matchup.


When: Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. ET

Where: Etihad Stadium

Watch: Fox Soccer

Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2GO


What's at Stake?

Manchester City is not relinquishing its Premier League crown without a fight. The Blues are seven points behind rivals Manchester United in the current rankings.

Manchester City has won three of its four matches in January, and it hopes to continue that good fortune in this one.

Liverpool may not be as hot, but it still comes into this game with some fire. The Reds have won two of their four games in January.

But Liverpool is still playing some great football, and with 35 points (seventh place) it has a real shot at a top-four finish in the Premier League.


What They're Saying

While Liverpool is in the thick of things, it has had issues facing top teams in the Premier League.

Most recently, it seemed to have Arsenal on the ropes up 2-0 at the hour mark, but the Gunners stormed back for the 2-2 draw.

After the match, Reds defender Jamie Carragher was quoted by Liverpool's official website as saying:

I always think when you get a draw it depends on how you get on in your next game.

If we win there, it's a great four points. If we lose, it's only one point out of six. We've got to pick something up at City.

While it may be a pessimistic view by Carragher, that doesn't mean it doesn't ring true. The Reds need a big win here if they really hope to take the Premier League.


Manchester City Player to Watch: Edin Dzeko

In a match like this, where Manchester City needs to balance both offense and defense, Yaya Toure would be the man to watch.

But the Blues star midfielder is currently away playing in the Africa Cup of Nations, and it was felt in their most recent 0-0 draw to Queens Park Rangers.

So it will be up to Manchester City to try to recapture some of that directness and attack Liverpool. That's where forward Edin Dzeko comes in.

The powerful striker leads the Blues in goals with 10, despite starting in just nine games—he's made appearances as a sub in 12 others.

The 26-year-old can look inexperienced at times, but he's been great on the attack for Manchester City. If they want a direct approach to this match, it'll be through Dzeko.


Liverpool Player to Watch: Pepe Reina

Manchester City enters this match with more clean sheets than any other team in the Premier League with 11. But right behind it is Liverpool, tied for second with nine.

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina had a slow start to the season, but has since settled down. The 30-year-old has 19 starts this season, and has shut out opponents in three out of his last six.

The Blues have been great at the attack this season, putting up 45 goals—including seven in January. But they were most recently shutout in a 0-0 draw with QPR.

If Liverpool wants to keep this game close, it will have to lean on its quick-thinking goal keeper to shut down that Manchester City front.

Reina has been dealing with a thigh injury this season, but he's made 14 starts in a row. He should be ready to go in this one.


Prediction: Manchester City 2, Liverpool 2

This should be an exciting match, and while Manchester City would usually get the nod, playing without Toure is going to hurt.

And while Reina has been hot in January, his recent injury issues could be a problem—the Reds' last match ended in a 2-2 draw to Arsenal, despite being up 2-0 at one point.

With both teams not fully at 100 percent—especially on the defensive end—a score-filled draw seems likely.


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