When Liverpool set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons by signing Andy Carroll back in January most were probably wondering if they could get odds on him being arrested before he made his first start.
After just over a month of eager anticipation on Merseyside, the monstrous Geordie could make his full debut before even so much as a McDonald’s bust-up with Joey Barton to write home about.
Were Carroll to appear it might inject some vigor into an evening that promises to be flaccid. Liverpool have no Steven Gerrard or Luis Suarez, meaning attacking options are likely to be firmly on the shoulders of the industrious Dirk Kuyt and the…David N’Gog.
It won’t be anything compared with Man City.
Those who are feeling slightly tired will be glad to find out that City are the later of the two sides playing, and if you’re lucky you could be in bed by 8pm. How about that?!
City’s trip to Kiev to face Andriy Shevchenko and Dynamo might be interesting only to see how many snoods, leggings, gloves, full ski suits, and just about anything else you can spot on the field for City. In other words, if it’s a 0-0 you’ve come for then you’re not likely to be disappointed – especially if the away side is without talismanic striker Carlos Tevez.
It could be another chance for Freeview customers to catch a glimpse of Italian hothead Mario Balotelli but short of that it’s hard to see Roberto Mancini’s men coming out of their shell, or whatever other shield against the cold, they decide to don.