Friday 19 October 2012

Barclays U21s: Manchester City host in-form Reds

Liverpool are looking to strengthen their hold on Group 3 against Man City at Hyde FC today

  • Manchester City and Liverpool shared an exciting 2-2 draw when they met at Kirkby

Liverpool are hoping to stretch their Group 3 lead to six points when they travel to third-placed Manchester City in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League this afternoon.

The Reds are unbeaten after six matches and, perhaps more tellingly, have won all three of their away fixtures to date – a statistic that should stand them in good stead when they turn out at Hyde FC for this afternoon's 2pm kick-off.

For their part Man City, who lie seven points behind Rodolfo Borrell's charges, have yet to lose on home soil, and will draw confidence from having shared an exciting 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the Kirkby Academy earlier this season, when Jordi Mayfuila and Denis Suarez countered American international Marc Pelosi's double-strike.

Denis Suarez, who won the penalty that led to City's late equaliser against Wolverhampton Wanderers recently, was injured in the challenge and will be missing for several weeks.

After a series of strong performances in training and as substitute French youngster Jules Ntcham is in line to deputise for Suarez.

For directions to Hyde's Ewen Fields ground, click here.

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

Friday 19 October fixtures

GROUP 3
Manchester City v Liverpool, Hyde FC, 2pm

Monday 22 October fixtures

GROUP 1
Blackburn Rovers v West Bromwich Albion, Leigh Sports Village, 7pm
Bolton Wanderers v West Ham United, Lancashire FA, 7pm
Everton v Arsenal, Finch Farm Training Complex, 12pm
Reading v Norwich City, Madejski Stadium, 7pm

GROUP 2
Newcastle United v Stoke City Northumberland FA, 7pm

GROUP 3
Crystal Palace v Fulham Selhurst Park, 7pm
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea, AFC Telford United, 7pm

For all the fixtures and the latest league tables, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

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Key Points

  • Hyde FC opens its doors to Manchester City v Liverpool in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League at 2pm
  • Unbeaten Liverpool are looking to stretch their Group 3 lead
  • Draw specialists Man City have yet to lose a home fixture this term