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Man City set to turn up heat on Chelsea

26 February 2015, 15:24

LONDON - Man City can close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea by taking advantage of fixture list this weekend.

For the first time in months, Manchester City can really ramp up the pressure on Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title this weekend.

With Chelsea playing Tottenham in the League Cup final, a victory for City at Liverpool on Sunday would put them within two points of the leaders.

That should be incentive enough but a painful defeat by Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek will add to their motivation as they try to win the title for the second year in a row.

Last season's 3-2 defeat at Anfield almost cost them the title and with Liverpool pushing for a Champions League spot, the hosts will again be hoping to spoil the City party.

Also read: Chelsea look to refocus

But Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that City have the advantage going into Sunday's clash, having had two days more than the home side, who face Besiktas Thursday, to recover after their respective European clashes.

City will also be boosted by the return of Yaya Toure after the midfielder missed the Barcelona defeat because of suspension.

Liverpool will hope to have Jordan Henderson back from injury but Steven Gerrard, Lucas and Mamadou Sakho are all doubtful.

Fourth-placed Manchester United take on Sunderland and midfielder Ander Herrera said he hoped to continue his recent goalscoring run.

Southampton, in fifth, travel to West Brom, while bottom side Leicester could slip further behind as they are not in action.

Second-bottom Burnley host Swansea while third-bottom Aston Villa travel to Newcastle.

West Ham take on Crystal Palace and Stoke meet Hull in the weekend's other fixtures.

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