Liverpool

Liverpool are expected to provide a stern test for Man City. Picture - Reuters.

League leaders Manchester City will make the tough trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday, in the Premier League.

The leaders, unbeaten as yet, have a tough run of games in the next few weeks, beginning with this trip to Merseyside. Roberto Mancini's men will face Chelsea and Arsenal in December and how they perform in those fixtures will provide a measure of how strong their title challenge is.

They come to this game on the back of a crushing 2-1 defeat at Napoli, in the Champions League, and much will depend on how they react from that loss. A positive reaction would point to an eighth consecutive win which will also serve to extend their 16-game unbeaten run.

However, they face a tough Liverpool side who come to this game on the back of an impressive 2-1 win at an admittedly troubled Chelsea. They have a six-game unbeaten run at home, so far this season, while they haven't tasted defeat in nine games in all competitions, so far this season.

One of Liverpool's main problems this season has been a lack of efficiency in finishing. They'll look to overcome that to some extent against a City side who are bagful of goals from all directions.

It should be an enticing match-up.

Team News

Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher, despite making a return from injury last week, is expected to be benched. Captain Steven Gerrard continue on the sidelines with an injury while Stewart Downing will be hoping for a call-up.

Manchester City's adventurous forward Mario Balotelli has recovered from a fever and will feature. Roberto Mancini has no other injury concerns, although there is obvious absentee in Carlos Tevez.

Prediction

It is an interesting viewing and, playing at home, expect Liverpool to hold-off Man City's formidable attack.

Liverpool 1-1 Man City