Sergie Aguero is likely to lead City’s attack
Manchester City find themselves 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester United and would be bent on reducing the gap to seven as they hang on their city rivals coattails. .
The Red Devils moved seven clear at the top of the Premier League courtesy of their 2-1 success against Southampton in midweek, 24 hours after the champions were held to a 0-0 draw at QPR, then increased the gap by beating Fulham 1-0 Saturday.
Despite the gap which is opening with 14 games of the season remaining, City will highlight the fact Roberto Mancini elected not to make any additions to his squad during the January transfer window, but there was one high-profile departure as Mario Balotelli returned to Italy with AC Milan.
Liverpool remain a work in progress under Brendan Rodgers, with their thrilling 2-2 draw against Arsenal in midweek encapsulating what they have achieved and what still needs to be done.
The Reds took a 2-0 lead at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, helped in no small part by some awful defending from the Gunners, only to allow the hosts back into the contest and have to settle for a share of the spoils. The dream of a return to the UEFA Champions League remains alive, with Rodgers’ men seven adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham, but their days of challenging for the Premier League title are but a distant memory at present.