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The last date of transfer has gone already for Premier League clubs and now they have to go with the current squad at least till January. However, some interesting moves have been done by some Premier League clubs. Few clubs have spent a lot of money whereas some of them have not spent so much in this summer transfer window. Alike previous years, some moves have happened on the last minute in this year as well. Now, check out the summer 2016 transfer by Premier League clubs here. Although, not all the transfers are included here but some of them are enlisted in this following list.

Summer 2016 Transfers by Premier League Clubs

Summer 2016 Transfers by Premier League Clubs

Arsenal Transfer Updates

This year, Arsenal have bought six new players from different clubs. On the other hand, they have released almost fourteen players either on loan or completely.

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  • Granit Xhaka: Although, the official site says the deal has been done for an undisclosed price but according to some sources, Arsenal have bought this Borussia Monchengladbach player for £33million.
  • Takuma Asano: Again an undisclosed price tag is labeled on Takuma Asano. He came to Arsenal from Hiroshima Sanfrecce.
  • Rob Holding: Bolton Wanderers’ defender Rob Holding has agreed to sign on a deal with Arsenal for an undisclosed price.
  • Kelechi Nwakali: Yet another incomplete story as the price is still not disclosed. However, Arsenal signed Kelechi Nwakali from Diamond Football Academy.
  • Lucas Perez: This 27 years old forward has been signed by Arsenal for £17.1m (not official) from Deportivo La Coruna.
  • Shkodran Mustafi: After so many rumors, finally Arsenal signed Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia for £35m, according to BBC.

OUT

  • Mikel Arteta (released)
  • Tomas Rosicky (released)
  • Mathieu Flamini (released)
  • Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United) Undisclosed
  • Dan Crowley (Oxford United) Loan
  • Jon Toral (Loan) Granada
  • Wellington Silva (Fluminense) Undisclosed
  • Wojciech Szczesny (Roma) Loan
  • Joel Campbell (Sporting) Loan
  • Takuma Asano (VfB Stuttgart) Loan
  • Calum Chambers (Arsenal) Loan
  • Serge Gnabry (Werder Bremen) Undisclosed
  • Glen Kamara (Colchester United) Loan
  • Jack Wilshere (AFC Bournemouth) Loan

Chelsea Transfer Updates

Chelsea has signed a new manager, Antonio Conte, along with some new players. Do check out the list here.

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  • Michy Batshuayi: This 22 years old Belgian striker has been signed by Chelsea for an undisclosed price.
  • N’Golo Kante: The Premier League 2015-16 title winners have released their French midfielder, N’Golo Kante to Chelsea for £32m.
  • Eduardo: The 33-year old Portuguese goalkeeper has joined Chelsea for an undisclosed price.
  • Marcos Alonso: Chelsea bought this Spanish left back from Fiorentina for another undisclosed price. According to some sources, this deal has been done with a fee of £24m.
  • David Luiz: After two years, this PSG defender has returned to Chelsea for £34m.

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  • Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
  • Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
  • Jeremie Boga (Granada) Loan
  • Tomas Kalas (Fulham) Loan
  • Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield Town) Loan
  • Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra)
  • Mohamed Salah (Roma) Undisclosed
  • Tammy Abraham (Bristol City) Loan
  • Bertrand Traore (Ajax) Loan
  • Danilo Pantic (Excelsior) Loan
  • Izzy Brown (Rotherham United) Loan
  • Jamal Blackman (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan
  • Alex Davey (Crawley Town) Loan
  • Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) Loan
  • Partrick Bamford (Burnley) Loan
  • Loic Remy (Crystal Palace) Loan
  • Kenedy (Watford) Loan
  • Dion Conroy (Aldershot Town) Loan
  • Nathan Baxter (Met Police) Loan
  • Cristian Cuevas (Sint-Truidense) Loan
  • Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Loan
  • Jake Clarke-Salter (Bristol Rovers) Loan
  • Charlie Colkett (Bristol Rovers) Loan
  • Lucas Piazon (Fulham) Loan
  • Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) Loan

Leicester City Transfer Updates

The current title holders have started this campaign with a defeat against Hull City. However, they have made few changes in the squad and here is all the latest done deals of Leicester City.

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  • Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96) Undisclosed
  • Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon) Free
  • Raul Uche Rubio (Rayo Vallecano) Undisclosed
  • Nampalys Mendy (Nice) Undisclosed
  • Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow) Undisclosed
  • Bartosz Kapustka (KS Cracovia) Undisclosed
  • Islam Sliman (Sporting) Undisclosed

OUT

  • Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim) Undisclosed
  • Mark Schwarzer (released)
  • Paul Konchesky (released)
  • Ryan Watson (released)
  • Dean Hammond (released)
  • Harry Panayiotou (released)
  • Liam Moore (Reading) Undisclosed
  • N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Undisclosed
  • Joe Dodoo (Rangers) Undisclosed
  • Michael Cain (Blackpool) Loan
  • Hamza Choudhury (Burton Albion) Loan
  • Ritchie De Laet (Aston Villa) Undisclosed
  • Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) Loan
  • Gokhan Inler (Besiktas) Undisclosed

Liverpool Transfer Updates

The former Borussia Dortmund coach has got six new players in this transfer window. Here is the complete list.

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  • Joel Matip (Schalke) Free
  • Loris Karius (FSV Mainz 05)
  • Sadio Mane (Southampton) Undisclosed
  • Ragnar Klavan (Augsburg) Undisclosed
  • Alex Manninger (Augsburg) Free
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle) Undisclosed

OUT

  • Joao Carlos Teixeira (Porto) Free
  • Jerome Sinclair (Watford) Undisclosed
  • Kolo Toure (released)
  • Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town) Undisclosed
  • Jordan Rossiter (Rangers) Free
  • Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town) Loan
  • Jose Enrique (released)
  • Samed Yesil (released)
  • Sergi Canos (Norwich City) Undisclosed
  • Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahce) Undisclosed
  • Jordon Ibe (AFC Bournemouth)
  • Adam Bogdan (Wigan Athletic) Loan
  • Joe Allen (Stoke City) Up to £13m
  • Brad Smith (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed
  • Jon Flanagan (Burnley) Loan
  • Lloyd Jones (Swindon Town) Loan
  • Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) Undisclosed
  • Luis Alberto (Lazio) Undisclosed
  • Mario Balotelli (Nice)
  • Lazar Markovic (Sporting) Loan

Manchester City Transfer Updates

Like Chelsea, Manchester City got a new coach, who is none other than Pep Guardiola.

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  • Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed
  • Nolito (Celta Vigo) Undisclosed
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (FC Ufa) Undisclosed
  • Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City) Undisclosed
  • Leroy Sane (Schalke 04) Undisclosed
  • Gabriel Jesus* (Palmeiras) Undisclosed
  • Marlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional) Undisclosed
  • John Stones (Everton) Undisclosed
  • Claudio Bravo (Barcelona) Undisclosed

OUT

  • Martin Demichelis (released)
  • Seko Fofana (Udinese) Undisclosed
  • Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) Loan
  • Marlos Moreno (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
  • Bersant Celina (FC Twente) Loan
  • Oleksandr Zinchenko (PSV Eindhoven) Loan
  • Joe Hart (Torino) Loan
  • Wilfried Bony (Stoke City) Loan
  • Samir Nasri (Sevilla) Loan
  • Eliaquim Mangala (Valencia) Loan
  • Jason Denayer (Sunderland) Loan

Manchester United Transfer Updates

This year, Manchester United have bought several known players along with the former Chelsea coach, Jose Mourinho.

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  • Eric Bailly (Villarreal) Undisclosed
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG) Free
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed
  • Paul Pogba (Juventus) Undisclosed

OUT

  • Tyler Reid (Swansea City) Undisclosed
  • Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough) Free
  • Jimmy Dunne (Burnley) Free
  • Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) Free
  • Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) Undisclosed
  • Ashley Fletcher (West Ham United)
  • Guillermo Varela (Eintracht Frankfurt) Loan
  • Paddy McNair (Manchester United)*Combined £5.5m
  • Donald Love (Manchester United)*Combined £5.5m
  • Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland) Loan
  • Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan
  • Tyler Blackett (Reading) Undisclosed
  • Will Keane (Hull City) Undisclosed
  • James Weir (Hull City) Undisclosed
  • Joel Pereira (Belenenses) Loan

Other clubs also have bought several new players and got some on loan. More other news related to new players will be published soon.

Former England U21 manager Stuart Pearce urged Arsene Wenger to sign the Ivory Coast captain and Manchester City’s midfield head Yaya Toure if the player leaves the Manchester club in the summer. Yaya Toure is expected to leave Manchester City once Pep Guardiola arrives at the Etihad stadium in the summer.

Pep Guardiola is the next Manchester City manager and is expected to take charge at the Etihad as soon as this season is over. The first news to come out of Manchester City after the appointment of Pep Guardiola is that Toure will leave the club once the former Barcelona manager takes charge of Manchester City. Pep Guardiola and Toure had a rift at Barcelona when the Spaniard was managing Barcelona. It is reported that Guardiola did not want Toure as a box-to-box midfielder rather he preferred Sergio Busquets who is a trademark center defensive midfielder and suits Barcelona’s playing style perfectly.

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Toure left Barcelona to join Manchester City where he made a name for himself and is now one of the fan favorites at the Etihad. Earlier this season, reports circulated that Manchester City hierarchy has agreed to offer an honouring role to Yaya Toure inside the club’s directing panel as a token of merit to his sheer commitment and service to the club.

Stuart Pearce who manager Manchester City for two years has voiced his admiration for the veteran and thinks the player can make an impact with the Gunners. The former England U21 manager clarified that Yaya can play a ‘leader’ role at Emirates which will help the Gunners to motivate the youngster and the squad towards the Premier League title for which the Gunners are longing over a decade.

“On his day Yaya Toure is outstanding.”

“Arsenal need an old head within the team.”

“Petr Cech has proved a fantastic success this year at Arsenal, and to have a player like Toure at the centre of midfield, as that holding type of player, I think he’d give one or two of the youngsters a bit of a lift.”

“I think he’d be a good signing for them,” Pearce told talkSPORT.

Pearce is right considering how Petr Cech’s arrival has lifted Arsenal’s title challenge this season. The Cech Republic international is outstanding for the Gunners and has saved Arsenal from losing points more than once this year to prove his worth.

Manchester City Vs Aston Villa: The Citizens face Aston Villa against whom they have not lost at the Etihad in the last Eight games.

City players are desperate for a win and get them back to winning ways after defeated 3-0 by rivals Liverpool in their last league fixture. City are trailing by 10 points to league leaders Leicester City and are 7 points behind second placed Tottenham. City dropped from being one of the title favorites to a team to battle for a Top 4 spot. But manager Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic that they are still in the title race since the Premier League is highly unpredictable.

On the other hand, Aston Villa are in the least position in the League table with 8 points behind 19th placed New Castle United who have played a game fewer than the Villans. If Aston Villa have any idea of playing the Premier League next season, they have to improve very quick and a win against a very strong City side will serve as a big boost.

Manchester City Vs Aston Villa Match Preview: 6/3/2016 Premier League

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“Hopefully we will prove once again, as we did in the home game against City, that football doesn’t always go as predicted,” told Aston Villa manager Remi Garde when asked about how his team is going to prepare for the big game. Though Aston Villa have the courage to do an upset at the Etihad, their position, and recent form do not justify the manager’s claims. Villa has scored just 5 goals in their last 10 Premier League away games.

“We are not going to give up. Ten points is a lot but we have one game (in hand) and in the Premier League you never know when you are going to lose points.We have just had a bad moment in the league but we have another 33 points to try to reach it,” told Manuel Pellegrini. Certainly the league race is not over and Pellegrini is very well right that EPL is highly unpredictable and anyone can lose points anywhere.

Manchester City Squad News

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City have boosted with Yaya Toure’s return to the squad who will feature against Aston Villa after missing out the last league game against Liverpool. David Silva, Raheem Sterling are thriving to create even from narrow spaces while Sergio Aguero is in fine form to notch goals. If this trio can work together then we will see more goals at the Etihad. Kevin de Bryune, Fabian Delph, and Samir Nasri remain sidelined for Pellegrini’s men.

Expected Starting XI: Manchester City

Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero.

Aston Villa Squad News

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Remi Garde is without Carlos Sanchez, Jack Grealish, Libor Kozak, Adama Traore, and Jordan Amavi once again and have to rely on Rudy Gestade who scored a goal against Everton in their last game. Villa has scored the least no of goals in the division(22 goals) and have not won an away game in their last 13 trips. Defender Micha Richards is set to make his 200th appearance in the Premier League against his former team Manchester City for whom he made 179 appearances.

Expected Starting XI: Aston Villa

Brad Guzan, Alan Hutton, Micha Richards, Ciaran Clark, Joleon Lescott, Aly Cissokho, Ashley Westwood, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Bacuna, Gabriel Agnolahar, Jordan Ayew.

Manchester City Vs Aston Villa Match Prediction

It’s an easy win for Manchester City, but Aston Villa can also score a goal as they did in the same fixture last year. City always finish a league campaign stronger and Villa will not stand a chance if City gets going. The game will be a 3-1 win to Manchester City.

Liverpool Vs Manchester City: The 6th placed Reds face Manchester City who are 4th in the EPL table on 3rd March 2016 (IST).

The English giants face each other second time in just 4 days, but this time, they are locking horns in the Premier League. Manchester City tasted the last blood as they beaten their local rivals in the Capital One Cup Finals on penalties. Jurgen Klopp’s men had a better game but their lack of accuracy in the final third cost them the game.

The German is entering the game with new hopes of beating the Citizens this time and a victory is a must needed one for the Reds to keep their chances of a Champions League spot alive. For City, the game can turn out to be a title decider as they aim to shorten the point gap to League Leaders Leicester City.

Liverpool Vs Manchester City Match Preview: 3/3/2016 Premier League

The Reds were enjoying a fine run of form since Jurgen Klopp took over and are unbeaten in their last five games except the penalty defeat to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final. On the contrary, Manchester City have lost three out of their last five games in all competitions. City have gained some confidence back after the Capital One Cup victory and manager Manuel Pellegrini wished to sign off with the English Premier League title.

Liverpool Squad News

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns, but defender martin Skrtel is not yer ready to start for the Reds. Adam Lallana played an hour against City in the last game and is ready to start the game. Dejan Lovren is not yet 100% fit, but Mamadou Sakho’s head injury may sideline him and Lovren may get his start.

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Daniel Sturridge enjoyed a good game and is returning to his potential best after spending most of this season on the sidelines due to injuries. Roberto Firminho, Philippe Coutinho are a threat to Reds’ opponents and the presence of James Milner in the middle provides experience and versatility.

Liverpool’s expected Starting XI for Liverpool Vs Manchester City

Simon Mignolet, Nathanial Clyne, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, Philipe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke.

Manchester City Squad News

Joe Hart is expected to return to the starting XI after missing out the cup final last on Sunday. The major problem for Manchester City this season is injuries to key players. Kevin de Bryune, Samir Nasri are out of the squad, David Silva  have sustained a small injury in his last game which may sideline him. Yaya Toure will also not start the game probably as he limped off the field in the Capital One Cup final and did not strain himself much while the team was celebrating the victory.

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City’s title hopes are on ropes after their struggles in the last months, but the Capital One Cup victory gave them a new confidence. Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that his team can win the League title this season amid not being one of the favorites to clinch the title. Leicester City and Tottenham are the top 2 favorites to win EPL this season, but Pellegrini is hopeful that his team can upset the top 2 and win the league.

Manchester City’s expected Starting XI for Liverpool Vs Manchester City

Joe Hart, Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero.

Liverpool Vs Manchester City Match Prediction

The visitors will find it difficult to break Liverpool if David Silva misses out from the start. Raheem Sterling’s finishing ability is a big concern for City against Liverpool in the last game, but the English youngster is always a threat up front. Liverpool have to rely on Roberto Firminho and Daniel Sturridge to provide the goals and they will definitely miss Martin Skrtel to keep Sergio Aguero shut.

Though City won the Capital One Cup final, they did not create much threat to Liverpool in the game and relied mostly on counters. In short, the team who play more CLINICAL football will have the upper hand.

Liverpool Vs Manchester City Live Streaming

Mobile users can use the official Star live stream application to enjoy the game and Hotstar can also be used if you prefer low quality and less data consumption.

For PC users, the StarSports.com is the best source to watch the game live but it will have a time lag upto 10 minutes maximum. Other sites who provide live streaming are Sky Sports, Stream2u.com, Ronaldo7.com. Some of the sites may require authorised registration to avail the live stream.

Finally, Capital One cup is about to end with a heavy weight match between Liverpool vs Manchester City at Wembly stadium. The London and the whole world will be watching Capital One Cup final between Liverpool and Manchester City from 10PM (IST). This is the 12th time, when Liverpool is going to play Capital One Cup final, when this is 4th time, when Manchester City will take on Liverpool. Both of the teams are playing good in Premier League and other tournaments. However, this is not completely different as two Premier League clubs are going to play the Capital One Cup final. Let’s check where to watch Liverpool vs Manchester City live stream free of Capital One Cup final.

Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Stream Free Capital One Cup Final

Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Stream Free Capital One Cup Final

If you are a Liverpool or Manchester City supporter, you can watch Liverpool vs Manchester City free live stream on Beln Sports, which is probably the most trustworthy and free option to opt for in order to watch Capital One Cup final.

On the other hand, Ronaldo7 will stream Liverpool vs Manchester City match right before 15 minutes.

Stream2UTV is yet another website where you can Liverpool vs Manchester City live scores, live commentary and check live updates.

Liverpool Squad News

Under the new coach, Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool is playing brutally. From 16th position, Liverpool are currently standing on 9th position, which is certainly an improvement. The new coach has successful revamped the team from A to Z and that yields such a good result. Their attacking lineup is quite good, which is being developed by Firmino, Benteke, Sturridge, Milner, Coutinho etc. Liverpool are having a good co-ordination between each other, which is really helpful when playing against a heavy weight team like Manchester City. This is a goalden chance for Klopp to stand out from the crowd as when he took charge of Liverpool, they were in a critical position. However, he has rebuilt the team and now his team is going to play Capital One Cup final against Manchester City.

Starting Lineup of Liverpool in Capital One Cup Final

Simon Mignolet, Nathanial Clyne, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, Philipe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke.

Manchester City Squad News

Manchester City are playing awesome as they are standing on 4th position in English premier League with a difference with only 4 points with Arsenal, their nearest competitor. Pelligrini’s men know how to score under pressure and that is why they have such a beautiful position right now. Manchester City’s attacking line up and midfield are very strong. Although, they had some injuries, but right now, the squad is ready for Liverpool clash. The attacking line up is pretty good, which includes the Argentinean (Aguero), Sterling, Navas, Silva etc. Although, none of them are one of the top 5 goal scorers in EPL, but they have scored a lot of time and that is a crucial point for this match. The overall performance of Manchester City is up to the mark and there is no doubt of it.

Starting Lineup of Manchester City in Capital One Cup Final

Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Elliaquem Mangala, Fernando, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jesus Navas, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero.

Wrap Up

Nothing can be said about this match and as both of teams are winning consistently. However, Manchester City are playing quite better than Liverpool. Although, Liverpool are having a good lineup but, City’s attack is pretty different. Their attack from wings has become a trademark now. However, it seems the match will end up in favor of Manchester City.

One of the biggest derby rivalries in world football is about to turn even hotter this Sunday as the Merseysiders Liverpool face Manchester City for the Capital One Cup Final at the prestigious Wembley Stadium. Liverpool aim for their first Title win under new manager Jurgen Klopp while City are battling to reclaim the title that they last won in 2014.

Liverpool Vs Manchester City – Capital One Cup Final; Match Preview

Liverpool enter the Capital One Cup final for a record 12th time who have won 8 times before. This is Manchester City’s fourth Capital One Cup final appearance who have won the cup on three occasions before. Liverpool last won the competition in 2012 against Cardiff City and City’s last cup win was against Sunderland in 2014.

In this year’s tournament, Liverpool battled hard ti reach the finals while City made easy work against their opponents to reach the last stage. Liverpool needed a nail-biting penalty shoot-out against Carlisle whereas City won Everton by 4-3 in semi-final over two legs.

Current Form and Performances of Liverpool

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Cup competitions are the best probable titles for Jurgen Klopp this year as his team is currently in the 6th position in English Premier League with only a Top 4 finish is possible. In the Europa League, Liverpool have to play Manchester United in the next round against whom the Reds lost twice this season. So, the Capital One Cup is the first of the TWO best options available for Liverpool. Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool are playing better but they form is inconsistent and they lose games in regular intervals to make things bad. Still a win is possible aginst City, but the Reds will need their defense to play a tight game.

Injury News

Adam Lallana, Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel are all returned to training, but they are not 100% fit and may not feature in the game against City. Dejan Lovren is also a doubt who was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s last game.

Predicted XI

Simon Mignolet, Nathanial Clyne, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, Philipe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke.

Current Form and Performances of Manchester City

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The Citizens made an impressive win against Dynamo Kiev in their first leg of Round of 16 in the Champions League. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is leaving the club at the end of the season and he will surely want to say ‘Bye’ with a title. Star forward Sergio Aguero is in fine form who notched the winning goals for City in the Champions League will play a major role along with creative midfielder David Silva.

Injury News

Joe Hart will not start the game according to club manager who will also miss Fabian Delph, Kevin de Bryune and Samir Nasri.

Predicted XI

Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Elliaquem Mangala, Fernando, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jesus Navas, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero.

Key Players

Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho

The Brazilians movements will be the key for Liverpool against Manchester City and the tie will be decided by how clinical Daniel Sturridge is in front of the goal.

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero and David Silva

Aguero and Silva are the backbones of City’s attacking unit and Pellegrini will expect his best players in their best form to lend him a dramatic send-off.

Match Details:

Teams: Liverpool v Manchester City
Date: Sunday 28th February 2016
Kick-off: 4:30 pm(Local Time)
Venue: Wembley Stadium

 

Match Officials:

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Simon Bennett and Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Bobby Madley
Reserve Assistant Referee: Eddie Smart 

Match Prediction

Though City have the better squad, the game will be dominated by Jurgen Klopp and his men. A clean sheet for either team is impossible and we can expect some individual heroics from both the sides especially from Coutinho or Aguero.

Pep Guardiola will try to lure defender Marcelo Vieira from Real Madrid once he took over the job at Etihad, according to The Guardian.

Pep Guardiola is the nest manager to take over Manchester City and the club have very high hopes on the Spaniard who has achieved big things at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The former Barcelona man has signed a deal to be the next Manchester City manager, replacing Manuel Pellegrini from the hot seat in the summer.

City already have started to plan their transfer to ease the workload on their new manager, scouting top talents and players all over Europe. Top players including Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Toni Kroos are linked with the club and the latest one to add to the list is Real Madrid left back Marcelo.

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The Brazilian is the vice-captain for Real Madrid whose status with the Blancos is nothing less than club Captain Sergio Ramos. Additionally, the Brazilian wingback is a fan favorite at the Santiago Bernabeu. Luring him from the Spanish capital will be an impossible task considering the player’s status at the club and his LOYALTY towards Real Madrid.

Marcelo is one of the most loyal players in the club currently, making the job very hard for the English side who hope they can convince the player. City used money as their best option in the past, but can they outsmart Real Madrid who are the richest club in the world is a big question. Also, the Brazilian just extended his contract with Real Madrid in the last summer which allow Real Madrid to have the player until 2020.

Marcelo’s release clause is around 120 million Euros which is said to be the minimum amount for the player if anyone wants him. Marcelo joined Real Madrid in 2007 from Fluminense as an 18-year-old teenager and now he is one of the best ever fullbacks to play for Real Madrid. Marcelo is just years away from being considered as a Legend of the club who is getting compared with fellow Brazilian and Real Madrid Legend Roberto Carlos.

Pep Guardiola will definitely sign world class players for his new team, but signing a player of Marcelo’s status is looking impossible. Also, the rivalry he has with Real Madrid as a Barcelona man may play a role in complicating the transfer.

The defending English Premier League Champions host Manchester City in the FA Cup 5th round with the aim of winning the only possible trophy of this season. Chelsea are already out of Premier League Title race and from the Capital One Cup. At this form, Chelsea’ hopes of winning the Champions League is very slim which leaves only the FA Cup. The Defending Champions are not even in the race for a Top 4 finish and that makes things complicated for Chelsea leaving 100% pressure on the FA Cup.

Chelsea vs Manchester City Match Preview

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Chelsea who suffered a 2-1 lost to Frech Champions Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of Champions League Round 16 game enters the game as the favorites. Chelsea has not lost a single game after Guus Hiddink took charge except the PSG game. Though their League position is not appreciable, they are in fine form lately and are a serious threat to Manchester City who enters a game with no of senior players  sidelined due to injury.

Manchester City are on a tight schedule as they have three very important games in 8 days. The Citizens have Champions League Round 16 game in the midweek and the Capital One Cup final next weekend. With senior players out injured, Manual Pellegrini is in a difficult situation. The Chilian must keep his players fresh and save the rest of the squad from further injuries.

Current Form and Performances of Chelsea

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The Blues are playing well under new boss Guus Hiddink. Key players Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Oscar are returning to their best and winger Willian is in his best form. John Obi Mikel is a surprisingly impressive under Hiddink who scored the most valuable away goal against PSG. Hiddink’s major problems will be the poor form of Eden Hazard and a rusty Nemanja Matic. Chelsea’s backline is finding its feet again, but the absence os first teamers John Terry and Kurt Zouma may affect a little.

Chelsea Injury News

Kurt Zouma is a season absentee for the Blues and club Captain John Terry will be out for another 3-4 weeks. Forwards Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy are not in perfect condition, leaves Diego Costa the only first team capable striker. Thibaut Courtois may be rested for Asmir Begovic.

Predicted Starting XI

Asmir Begovic, Ceaser Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Baba Rahaman, John Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Pedro, Diego Costa.

Current Form and Performances of Manchester City

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Manchester City are one of the most inconsistent top teams in EPL this season as they are sliding down in the Premier League table. The title race is not over yet and City are still one of the favorites to clinch the title. City lost the crucial game against Tottenham last week which arose a lot of questions on Manual Pellegrini’s tactics. In the last 6 Premier League games, City have won only two, losing one and drawing three. Though Chelsea are struggling this year, they have been in fine form at present which makes them the favorites for the tie.

Manchester City Injury News

Manchester City have a long list of absentees for the game against Chelsea.Fullback Bacary Sagna is a doubt while Elliaquam Mangala will miss the game. Samir Nasri, Kevin de Bruyne, Jesus Navas, Fabian Delph and Wolfred Bony will all miss the games.

Predicted Starting XI

Willy Cabellero, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy, Manu Garcia, Fernando, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Bersant Celina, Kelechi Iheanacho.

Key Player for Chelsea and Manchester City

City’s injury concerns leave them behind their rivals, but still the Citizens have a squad who can upset any team.

Chelsea:

Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa

The Spaniard are re-forming their last season heroics after struggling the major part of 2015-16. Even a tiny hole in City’s defense will cause them dearly if they allow these two play freely.

Manchester City:

David Silva and Raheem Sterling

In the absence of Sergio Aguero, Sterling should raise his game. The English youngster is always a threat up front and this is the perfect time for him to prove is worth. David Silva will play his usual stride who is no less threat than Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea vs Manchester City Match Prediction

Chelsea are clear favorites to win the tie, but the win will not be an easy one considering City’s dominating attacking play. Despite losing key players, the Citizens have enough fire power to make a win out of nothing. An entertaining encounter can be expected with the game ending 2-1 in favor of Chelsea.

Barcelona Legend Xavi Hernandez revealed that he knew Pep Guardiola will join Manchester City in the summer even before the statement was made officially. The veteran also happy about the ‘Mourinho to United’ rumors and is sure that it will be very good for Premier League.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola had a very hard relationship both on and off the pitch while both were managing in Spain. Jose Mourinho broke Barcelona’s dominance in Spain under Pep Guardiola as he managed Real Madrid to win the La Liga with record no of goals scored in a season.

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Real Madrid and Barcelona are arch rivals ever since the clubs were built which brought the managers relationship to another level. Pep Guardiola being a pure La Masia product had an emotional attachment with his own club and fans and on the other hand, Jose Mourinho is loved by a sector of Real Madrid fans who are faithful to the Portuguese.

The duo is ready to go head-to-head once again as Pep Guardiola is taking the reigns at Manchester City and Jose Mourinho is reportedly very close to joining Manchester United. Xavi who played under Pep Guardiola thinks his fellow countryman will be a sheer success at Machester City and revealed that it’s Pep Guardiola’s dream to manage in Premier League.

Xavi also told that English Premier League will be a new challenge for Pep Guardiola and is looking forward to witnessing the Mourinho vs Pep competitions once again, branded the clash as ‘attractive’ and ‘a level beyond football’.

“Next year could be an amazing duel between Pep and Mourinho if it’s confirmed that Jose is signing for United. It will be attractive.”
“I’m convinced that City will do very well with Pep. Mourinho is a winner but with different types of approaches to football, which they don’t share.”
Xavi who was introduced to first team football by Louis van Gaal concerned that the Dutch man is wrongly treated by people and called his former manager as ‘honest’ and ‘a great coach’. Xavi also supported Louis van Gaal’s aggressive approach saying the Dutch man’s methods will be more effective with time.
“I feel very bad for him. He’s an honest person and a great coach.”
“He gets on badly with the press and that eventually grinds you down. And on top of that the results haven’t been coming, so you get the situation as it is at Manchester United.”
“Sometimes we spoke with Luis Enrique about things that Louis van Gaal said or did and it seemed outrageous when we were players. But now we can see he was right, that he was ahead of the rest.”
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