City aim to rebound
After a chastening fortnight in the Champions League, the tussle to qualify for next season's tournament takes priority in the Premier League this weekend, with Manchester United's trip to Liverpool topping the bill.
Manchester City's 1-0 loss at Barcelona on Wednesday ended English interest in this season's Champions League and the champions are one of six clubs now apparently vying for three berths in the 2015-16 competition.
Leaders Chelsea, six points clear of second-place City with a game in hand, already appear guaranteed to qualify, but Manuel Pellegrini's side's place in the top four is no longer as secure.
Consecutive away defeats to Liverpool and Burnley have seen City's lead over third-placed Arsenal eroded to a single point, with United a point further back in fourth place and Liverpool two points further back in fifth.
Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, are only six points below the top four, and with home games against strugglers Burnley and bottom club Leicester City respectively on their agendas this weekend, will be confident of making up ground on the teams above them.
Three days after a defeat at Camp Nou marked by Lionel Messi's brilliance and Joe Hart's heroics in the visitors' goal, City return to league action with a lunchtime game at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.