Liverpool vs Manchester City Stats Preview

Liverpool’s first home game of the season see reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City visit Anfield on Sunday, 26th August 2012.

Roberto Mancini’s opened up their league campaign with an exciting 3-2 victory over Southampton in Manchester last Sunday, whilst Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 defeat away to West Brom.

• Liverpool’s new era under Brendan Rodgers stuttered at the start in the first weekend with a 3-0 loss at the hands of West Brom

• In a game with few positives, a lively Luis Suarez had 8 attempts at goal, the joint highest of any player on opening weekend. However, Suarez only got 3 of those attempts on target, compared to rival in this game Carlos Tevez who had 8 attempts at goal with 7 on target.

Steven Gerrard was in the top three in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for crosses with 6

• Overall Liverpool delivered 16 crosses, putting them third overall, and completed 206 passes in West Brom’s half, also putting them in the top five in that category.

• New signing Joe Allen covered more ground than any other Liverpool player against West Brom with 6.3 miles

• Reigning champions Manchester City beat newly promoted Southampton 3-2 in the first game of their title defence

• Last season Carlos Tevez made headlines for all the wrong reasons, but he opened the scoring in this game and with 8 attempts at goal shared top spot with Luis Suarez for shots.

• Samir Nasri was also on the score sheet, and made the top three for both overall distance covered with 6.66 miles and passes completed in his opponent’s half with 55

Man City once again proved themselves the most dangerous attacking force in the league, completing a huge 337 passes in Southampton’s area and getting 20 shots at goal – both of which were the highest of any team on the opening weekend.

• City were also in the top three for overall distance covered with 61.73 miles on the clock in total

Stats courtesy of EA Sports Player Performance Index.

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