Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Preview and TV schedule

Clive Rose

The schedule makers have given fans quite the Boxing Day present as the league leaders Liverpool travel to face fellow title contender Manchester City.

Things really couldn't have setup much better for the EPL's Boxing Day main event as the league leaders Liverpool meet third placed Manchester City at the Ethiad. City are just one point behind the Reds and depending on what Arsenal does against West Ham, they could take over the top spot with a victory.

Defeating a red hot Liverpool side could be tricky though, especially with City's injured riddled defense being tasked with trying to slow down Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan striker has 19 league goals this season and is in remarkable form at the moment. Despite that, City still appear to have an edge thanks to their dominating home form this season where they've yet to drop a point.

Brendan Rodgers will still be missing three key players and has done his best to defuse the pressure building on his players in the media this week. His comments claiming that the title is City's to lose raised some eyebrows but it's a classic attempt at mind games.

Manuel Pellegrini will be missing leading scorer Sergio Agüero who remains sidelined with a calf problem.

Manchester City injuries and suspensions

Out: Pablo Zabaleta (hamstring), Micah Richards (hamstring), Sergio Agüero (calf), Matija Nastasic (calf) In Doubt: Stevan Jovetic (illness)

Liverpool injuries and suspensions

Out: Steven Gerrard (hamstring), Daniel Sturridge (ankle), Jose Enrique (knee) In Doubt: Jon Flanagan (hamstring)

City remain thin at the back with Agüero, Zabaleta, Richards and Mastasic. Striker Stevan Jovetic missed the Fulham match with an illness but could be available. Gerrard, Sturridge and Enrique remain sidelined for Liverpool and they could be joined by Jon Flanagan if his hamstring isn't well enough.

Projected lineups

Manchester CityJoe Hart, Gaël Clichy, Vincent Kompany, Martín Demichelis, Aleksander Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya Touré, Samir Nasri, Álvaro Negredo, David Silva, Edin Džeko.

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Kelly, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Raheem Sterling, Philippw Coutinho, Luis Suárez

Match Date/Time: 5:30 p.m. local, 12:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Ethiad Stadium, Manchester, England

TV: NBC Sports Network, mun2 (U.S.), BT Sport 1 (U.K.), TSN2 (Canada)

Online: NBC Live Extra (U.S.)

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