Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Premier League – Match Preview

The two best sides in England go head to head on Sunday as Manchester City entertain the Premier League champions Liverpool.

Manchester City edged past Sheffield United last week thanks to a Kyle Walker winner against his former employers.

In the Champions League they eased past Olympiacos, winning 3-0, with Ferran Torres making it three in three in Europe.

Liverpool smashed Italian side Atalanta on Wednesday, with Diogo Jota scoring a superb hat-trick as they won 5-0.

Jota was the match winner last weekend as well, scoring a late goal as they edged past West Ham United.

Premier League form: Manchester City W2 D2 L1; Liverpool W3 D1 L1
Premier League top scorers
Manchester City – Phil Foden & Raheem Sterling 2 goals
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah 7 goals

Match history
Manchester City have a very good recent home record against Liverpool, winning the last three, scoring 11 goals in the process.

The meeting last year saw City ease to a 4-0 victory, however the Reds had already secured the Premier League title.

Last five Premier League meetings
Manchester City 4 Liverpool 0 – 02/07/20
Liverpool 3 Manchester City 1 – 10/11/19
Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1 – 03/01/19
Liverpool 0 Manchester City 0 – 07/10/18
Liverpool 4 Manchester City 3 – 14/01/18

Team news
Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of the game, meaning Gabriel Jesus’ return to fitness is well timed for the hosts.

Pep Guardiola rotated much of his back line in mid-week and you can expect the likes of Joao Cancelo and Aymeric Laporte to return.

Thiago will miss the fixture against his old boss, joining the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho on the sidelines.

Jota suffered a minor injury in the win over Atalanta, however Jurgen Klopp has claimed he will be fine.

Expected starting XI’s
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Predictions

Result: Manchester City
Manchester City have a very good record at home to Liverpool, with the visitors winning just once in their last 11 league visits to the Etihad.

Correct Score: 2-1
There have been over 2.5 goals in nine of Liverpool’s last 10 Premier League matches

Anytime Goalscorer: Kevin de Bruyne
After an injury hit start to the season, De Bruyne is likely to be among the action here. The Belgian international is on penalties for City this season.

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