Man City vs Liverpool: What time is today's Premier League match, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

A Premier League match to complete your weekend and, quite possibly, your life. It's shellshocked Brexiteers Man City vs serial game-raisers Liverpool

When is it?

This coming Sunday, 19 March 2017.

What time is kick-off?

Football will begin at exactly 16.30 GMT. 

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What TV channel is it on?

Tune your set top receivers to Sky Sports 1, HD and UHD. You won't be disappointed. Unless it's a terrible game. 

What is the team news?

Vincent Kompany is hoping to earn a recall as Manchester City host Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

The City captain, who has made just six appearances all season, has not been risked by manager Pep Guardiola since overcoming a knee injury.

City have no new injury concerns but striker Gabriel Jesus (foot) and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Caballero, Bravo, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Kolarov, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Delph, De Bruyne, Silva, Navas, Sane, Sterling, Nolito, Aguero, Iheanacho.

The Brazil international missed last week's win over Burnley with a groin injury but returned to training on Friday, although striker Divock Origi is a doubt after missing Thursday's session.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hopes forward Roberto Firmino will be fit for Sunday's trip to City.

Defender Dejan Lovren is fully fit after playing 75 minutes for the Under-23s on Monday but Daniel Sturridge (hip) and Jordan Henderson (foot) are both sidelined.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Can, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho, Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Klavan, Gomez, Lucas, Stewart, Origi, Woodburn, Wilson.

What are they saying?

Pep Guardiola claims he has been given more power than ever before in his career as he seeks to shape Manchester City's future.

Guardiola's first season in charge at City looks set to end in under-achievement after Champions League elimination at the last-16 stage and a failure to mount a sustained Premier League title challenge.

Wednesday's unexpected defeat at Monaco in the European competition has sparked rumours of a summer squad clear-out at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola denies wholesale changes are necessary but has revealed he will have a strong say in the players brought in. Player recruitment has been primarily led by director of football Txiki Begiristain in recent years.

Guardiola said: "All the managers and sporting directors want to improve and get better. Even the team that wins the triple will still make changes, so a team that does not win the Champions League or gets to the final will make changes. I knew that.

"I met the big boss (owner) Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan. We are thinking (of how) to get better.

"For players and managers, it depends on the results, but I want to be involved in that as much as possible, and to help my team to make the next step and I have more power than ever in my life as a manager.

"For me it's a big challenge and I want to deal with that."

Guardiola, speaking at a press conference, said he received a text message from chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak after the Champions League loss and it appeared it was a supportive one.

"In the good moments and bad moments, especially in the bad moments, I am really impressed," he said. "I appreciate that a lot."

Six of City's squad - Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas - are out of contract at the end of the season. Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Joe Hart, Eliaqium Mangala and Jason Denayer are out on loan and looking unlikely to return.

In addition, there has been speculation of the futures of Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Claudio Bravo, Fernando and Fabian Delph.

Despite all that uncertainty, Guardiola insists the core of the squad will stay together.

Guardiola said: "I am so happy with the squad.

"Speculation is normal when you are out of a competition, it happens everywhere not just the Premier League and England.

"I have said many times I'm so happy working with the guys and how they try to do and their performances. We're going to improve a lot next season and a lot of these guys will be here next season."

Toure has said he would like to stay at City but, with no offer yet forthcoming, his agent has revealed discussions with other clubs have begun.

Guardiola said: "All these issues we'll talk about at the end of the season."

What are the odds?

Man City: Evens
Liverpool: 3/1
The draw: 14/15

What's our prediction?

Let's ask a wise man. Here's Jason Burt:

"Liverpool have had a week to prepare; City are licking their wounds after the Champions League exit and are just the kind of team that Liverpool thrive against. City will come on to Jurgen Klopp’s side and Liverpool have an impressive record against the other top six clubs. Goals can be expected for a game that neither side will feel they can afford to lose and could easily go either way."

Prediction: 2-2


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