By Okeowo Oladapo
This is the marquee game of the week. Pitting two teams who thrive on having the ball, moving it at speed and have rarely ended a game without scoring. On the flip side, both sides are also prone to defensive errors and would fancy their chances of outscoring the other. The return of Sergio Aguero is a big boost for Manchester City as he is a player you can count on to take full advantage of lapses in an opposing team’s defence. Yaya seems to have wormed his way back to form. Liverpool will be without Philippe Coutinho as his manager has declared that the game comes too early in his recovery.
The winner of the game gets to end the year in second place and, if Chelsea drop points, inch closer to the top spot.
In trivia, the game’s timing would cause it to start in 2016 and end in 2017 for viewers in India.
Time: 6:30pm (Nigeria)
Showing on: Supersport 3
Injured Grujic (knee, 2 Jan), Coutinho, Matip (both ankle, 8 Jan), Bogdan, Ings (both knee, unknown)
Injured Kompany (knee), Sagna (match fitness), Delph (groin, unknown), Gündogan (knee, unknown)