Nick Miller looks at five key talking points regarding Sunday's clash between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield.
1. Will this game prove crucial for Manuel Pellegrini?
Another season and, barring something thoroughly implausible in the Camp Nou, another European disappointment for Manchester City. One of the theories behind Manuel Pellegrini replacing Roberto Mancini as manager was that he could bring Champions League success to this expensively-assembled squad. But in truth they don't...
Liverpool vs. Manchester City at Anfield was a classic last season, with Brendan Rodgers' men prevailing 3-2 to take a giant leap towards the title. Steven Gerrard rallied his men at the end, telling them not to let things slip.
They -- and he -- did, though, leaving Manchester City the chance to win the league and Manuel Pellegrini's men duly obliged. Not as much is on the line at Anfield this time around, with Liverpool losing ground at the top following a poor start to the season. They remain...
Liverpool's meeting with Manchester City this weekend should be a fascinating contest. While not anywhere significant as last season's 3-2 victory for the Reds -- one of the most exciting games in recent Premier League history -- we can at least expect an interesting tactical battle between Liverpool's counterattacking play down the flanks and City's ball retention in the centre.
One the many subplots to the game, meanwhile, concerns the form of the respective captains. Steven Gerrard and Vincent...
For the first time this season, all 20 Premier League teams will not be in action for a league game week because of the Capital One Cup Final. Cup finalists Chelsea and Tottenham are idle as are Leicester and QPR.
There is one game to check announced lineups in Week 27 before the ESPN FC fantasy game locks: West Ham-Crystal Palace.
Saturday, Feb. 28
West Ham vs. Crystal Palace
West Ham blew a two-goal lead at Tottenham for a disappointing draw in their last game on Feb. 22. Still, some impressive...
Manchester City have a star-studded squad yet seem to be stuck in a rut near the top of the Premier League. They face an uphill battle to defend their league title, while their hopes of finally making significant progress in the Champions League took a serious hit in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Etihad.
How much of that is down to the manager? And is Manuel Pellegrini really the right man to push this team over the top?
Should Manchester City sack Manuel Pellegrini?
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