Manchester City step back into Cup action this week after failing to progress in the FA Cup. City faltered at home against rivals Man Utd in the FA Cup on the weekend, largely thanks to defender Vincent Kompany getting sent off early in the match. After falling 3-0 down, City did muster a great response in the second half with ten men and had United on the ropes. However, the comeback couldn’t be completed and now City have to turn their attention to the Carling Cup as they seek silverware for the season. After going out of the Champions League as well, City boss Mancini has said that he needs to spend more money in order to add depth to his squad. City are seen as having one of the strongest squads in the league, but clearly it is not good enough for City’s ambitions and Mancini wants extra coverage. City’s hopes haven’t been helped ahead of Man City v Liverpool Carling Cup betting because of Kompany’s ban, injury doubts over Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and David Silva as well. So it could be a City at under strength for the first leg of the Carling Cup semi final, but at least they are at home, which should count for something.
Liverpool cruised their FA Cup third round tie against Oldham last Friday, and they will get Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel back into the starting eleven. There will likely be a start for club captain Steven Gerrard as well. Liverpool are struggling more off then pitch than on it, their reputation being tarnished through racism stories and more. So the best they can do is keep things bright on the pitch to bring some positive news to the club. Liverpool, have, by and large, looked a hard team to break down and yet they lack some serious forward power. Luis Suarez off course will be sitting in the stands again as he serves his lengthy ban, so Liverpool may approach this first leg with an air of caution and will be happy enough with a draw you would feel to head back to Anfield with. Just over a week ago, the Reds went to the Etihad Stadium and were crushed 3-0, without really threatening City, and with City’s good run of form in general against Liverpool, it could be damage limitation time for Kenny Dalglish and his crew, even though City may be there for the taking being under strength and after having their confidence knocked with defeat against United on the weekend.
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