Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Premier League – Match Preview

The Premier League top two go head to head in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture as champions Manchester City host Liverpool.

Manchester City were involved in an eight goal thriller before the break, as they shared the spoils in a 4-4 draw away to Chelsea.

Cole Palmer’s late penalty rescued a point for Chelsea against his former employers, with Erling Haaland scoring twice for City.

Liverpool eased to a 3-0 win over Brentford last time out, with Mohamed Salah scoring another brace.

The Reds have only been beaten once in the league this season, a late loss with nine men away at Tottenham and they go into the big fixture just a point behind Manchester City.

Premier League form: Manchester City W3 D1 L1; Liverpool W3 D2 L0
Premier League top scorers
Manchester City – Erling Haaland 13 goals
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah 10 goals

Match history
Manchester City thrashed Liverpool 4-1 in the fixture last year, despite being without their talismanic striker Haaland.

Salah had given Liverpool an early lead, but the champions eased home with both Jack Grealish and Kevin de Bruyne involved in two goals.

Last five Premier League meetings
Manchester City 4 Liverpool 1 – 01/04/23
Liverpool 1 Manchester City 0 – 16/10/22
Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2 – 10/04/22
Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2 – 03/10/21
Liverpool 1 Manchester City 4 – 07/02/21

Team news
Haaland is a minor doubt for the hosts having missed the international break for Norway, but he is expected to start.

John Stones and Mateo Kovacic have both been ruled out.

Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz will both return late following international duty, with only the former expected to start.

Andrew Robertson remains injured, whilst Ibrahim Konate is a doubt.

Expected starting XI’s
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol; Rodri, Silva; Doku, Alvarez, Foden; Haaland
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimakis; Szoboszlai, MacAllister, Gravenberch; Salah, Nunez, Jota


Result: Manchester City
Both have made excellent starts to the campaign, but a narrow win for the champions looks the best bet

Correct Score: 2-1
Goals have been common between the two in recent matches

Anytime Goalscorer: Erling Haaland
He’s yet to score against Liverpool for Manchester City, Saturday is as good of time as ever

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