Manchester City vs Liverpool recommended bets
Manchester City vs Liverpool match preview
For more than half a decade now, these two have been the top two, as they are again now, so this is one serious blockbuster with which to reintroduce the Premier League after the final international break of 2023.
As Manchester City aim to become the first English team to ever win four successive top-flight titles, they do currently lead the way 12 games in, although it’s been far from the predicted procession.
Last time out, the Citizens were involved in a quick frankly bonkers 4-4 draw with Chelsea, ultimately dropping two points, having led on three separate occasions at Stamford Bridge.
Erling Braut Håland scoring twice, once with his backside, and Manuel Akanji headed home before Rodri’s deflected strike had seemingly won it, only for Chelsea to convert a penalty deep into injury time.
Before this chaos, Pep Guardiola’s side had won three league games on the spin, scoring 11 and conceding just two, but there are still some vulnerabilities in this team, all of which were on show in West London.
So, can a Liverpool outfit that’s full of confidence claim a statement win?
Jürgen Klopp’s side are now just one point below the leaders, having swatted aside Brentford 3-0 at Anfield in their last outing, with Mohamed Salah scoring twice, before Diogo Jota made the points secure.
The Reds have won nine out of nine at home in all competitions, while their sole league defeat remains that farce against Tottenham in late-September.
Ahead of this one, despite their recent monopolisation of major silverware, Manchester City are seeking to win successive league games against Liverpool for the first time in over 86 years.
Back in 1937, the Sky Blues beat the Reds 6-0, 5-0 and then 5-1, with the clubs clashing over 150 times subsequently, but the Citizens failing to secure back-to-back league victories, a fact they can change here.
The last 18 meetings of these two have witnessed 66 goals, that’s 3.67 per 90, with Liverpool going in search of their first league win at the Etihad since November 2015, just a month after Klopp’s arrival.
So, this one will certainly be entertaining, but will Manchester City make home advantage count, thereby pulling four points clear of the chasing pack?
Manchester City team news
Erling Braut Håland missed April’s 4-1 home win over Liverpool after suffering an injury on international duty, and we’re all experiencing a sense of déjà vu.
He picked up an ankle issue in a friendly against the Faroe Islands, thereby not traveling to Glasgow last Sunday, making the Premier League’s top-scorer a doubt for this one.
He may be fit but, if he does not, Julián Álvarez isn’t a bad understudy, especially given that he scored twice in three appearances against Liverpool last season.
Ederson did not travel to Brazil due to a knock, but no one is concerned about this, but John Stones is sidelined for the foreseeable.
Rodri and Jack Grealish would both sit out next Sunday’s clash with Spurs if cautioned.
Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Rúben Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Foden, Silva, Álvarez, Doku; Håland.
Liverpool team news
Alexis Mac Allister will return to the midfield, following a one-match suspension, but Kostas Tsimikas will continue to deputise for Andy Robertson at left-back.
Ibrahima Konaté is hoping to be fit, thereby displacing Joël Matip at the back, while Ryan Gravenberch is set to start, given that Curtis Jones a doubt.
Mohamed Salah has scored 11 times against Manchester City, only netting more frequently against Manchester United.
Alongside, Darwin Núñez, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo and Luis Díaz are all fighting over the remaining two spots in the front three, so it’ll be interesting to see who Jürgen Klopp selects.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, van Dijk, Tsimikas; Gravenberch, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai; Salah, Núñez, Jota.