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Sunday, 03 February 2013

Man City v Liverpool: Can City keep their title hopes alive?


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Manchester United's victory over Fulham yesterday means Man City start the day 10 points behind the leaders. The champions simply must beat Liverpool this afternoon to have any hope of retaining their title, but Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool side are picking up points and plaudits with every game.

Could Liverpool stun the champions and give their fierce rivals a major boost in winning another league title?

Manchester City have a cracking home record, everyone knows that, but did you know that they are yet to concede a goal this calendar year? That is the challenge for Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, but they look to have formed a great understanding already and you wouldn't bet against them finding the back of the net.

Both sides picked up points in midweek but only Liverpool left the capital feeling happy about that. They were held at the Emirates by Arsenal while only the brilliance of Julio Cesar in the QPR goal kept the champions at bay.

Liverpool haven't won at the Etihad since October 2008 when they came from two down to win 2-3 thanks to a last-gasp Dirk Kuyt strike. They have failed to score in their last three league visits, but have taken points off them in their last two league meetings at Anfield.

Can the champions keep their title hopes alive? Our pundits believe there is only one winner.

Manchester City v Liverpool; Kick Off 4pm February 3 2013

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

2

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

2

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

3

V

0

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

0

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

3

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

0

Man United

Alex Richert

TBA

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

3

V

2

Norwich

Sue Read

3

V

3

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

3

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

4

V

1

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

3

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

3

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

3

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

0

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

2

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

4

V

3

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

3

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

3

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

2

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 29; Draw: 3; Away: 1. TBA 2.

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