MANCHESTER CITY vs LIVERPOOL
11PM KICK-OFF 23/8/10 CROWN AND LION, BYBLOS HOTEL, AL BARSHA
Lock your houses up!!, lock your cars!,.... Keep your kids inside!!.... the Bin Dippers are in town.
Tonight Man City play host to our poor neighbours from Mersyside. The slightly rejuvenated Liverpool, under the new management of Roy Hodgson, come to Eastlands looking for car hubcaps, Gucci wallets and three valuable points.
Without the suspended Joe Cole and the injured Daniel Agger, Roy Hodgson will be playing a slightly different team from the one that gained a valuable point against Arsenal last weekend. After missing the midweek Europa league game against Trabzonspor on wednesday Roy Hodgson brings back to the squad the rested Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. This semi rested Liverpool side potentially poses a threat to a City side that has not really looked like they all know each other. Along with the injured Jerome Boateng and Aleksander Kolorov, the back four will have to be at there best to contain Gerrard and Torres.
In saying that, the Liverpool defense will also have to be at their very best to keep out the most expensively assembled forward and midfield put together in the premier league this season. The problem Mancini faces is, will these new boys click into gear or will they look like a bunch of strangers as they did (and rightfully so) against Spurs in the first half?.
If they click into gear and start playing, then I am afraid the Blues will be to much for Liverpool to handle.
Man City will probably welcome James Milner and Mario Balotelli into the frame tonight whether it be a starting birth or from the bench. Lescott is likely to cover left back and be asked to keep Dirk Kuyt quiet on the right wing whilst Richards or Zabaletta will be asked to cover RB.
The game is on in the Crown at 11pm. Anybody wishing to meet up and watch it with the usual suspects then get down from 9pm onward. Expect there to be a fair few scousers in the mix so the atmosphere should be good.
See you tonight