Manchester City (4-4-2): Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Silva, Fernando, Toure, Nasri, Jovetic, Dzeko
Manuel Pellegrini looks to make at least two changes from his victory over Newcastle United with Gael Clichy being moved back to his usual left back position in place of Aleksandar Kolarov as they welcome back Pablo Zabaleta into right back. New defensive signing Eliaquim Mangala, who is not fully fit for the upcoming match could be given another rest. Front man Negredo is still out with an injury while Argentina star Sergio Aguero could be forced to start on the bench again as Pellegrini slowly builds up his fitness. This means both Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic will very well get the nod to start alongside one another.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge
Brendan Rodgers will aim to capitalize on his team’s 2-1 victory against Southampton but will face a though task as he prepares to take on current Premier League holders City. He will most likely keep his team unchanged from the previous week as a number of new faces prepares for their league debut. Lazar Markovic, Emre Can, and Alberto Moreno look to all be named on bench and could be called in sometime during the match. Adam Lallana is yet to return to the line up as he is still nursing a knee injury which could keep him out for at least another month.
mario balotelli at Liverpool might be a reason for me to switch sides from Manchester City.
— Fuzzy Dunlop (@mombalabamba) August 22, 2014
@FIFAcom Liverpool and Manchester City. Squads with exceptional squad depth this season.
— BlancoStats (@BlancoStats) August 22, 2014
It will be amazing if Balotelli starts in a Liverpool jersey against Manchester City on Monday. — Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) August 21, 2014
It was a very intense match up towards the end of the previous season as the two title contenders faced-off in their bids to lift the Premier League trophy. Liverpool lost their 2-0 lead they had going into the second half as Manchester City got back into the game with a 2-2 scoreline. However, with 15 minutes left, Philippe Coutinho capitalized from a Vincent Kompany error to end the game 3-2. Anything is possible when these two teams meets; expect a lot of attacking football.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool: An Alternative Preview
Manchester City have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool.
Liverpool have conceded as many goals in their last four league trips to the Etihad as they had in the previous 11 (10).
Daniel Sturridge has scored 32 goals in 44 league games for Liverpool.
Sturridge (136 mins) has the fifth best minutes-per-goal rate in Premier League history (minimum 50 goals), ahead of former team-mate Luis Suarez (139).
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (115 mins) has the best mins-per-goal rate in Premier League history.
Edin Dzeko has scored five goals and assisted one more in his last five Premier League appearances.
The last time Liverpool came from two goals down to win a Premier League game was in this fixture in October 2008 (0-2 down, won 3-2).
Man City scored 63 league goals at home last season, more than 15 of the 20 Premier League clubs managed in total.
Both City and Liverpool won only two of their six games against fellow members of the top four in 2013-14 (including a win apiece against each other).
City have conceded 98 goals at home in Premier League north west derbies.