- Venue: Anfield
- Wednesday: November 10th, 16:30
- Referee: Michael Oliver
It has often been stated that certain games decide the destination of a title, and this contest between Liverpool and Manchester City could have a significant bearing on the destination of the 2020 Premier League title. Given that both outfits tend to lose few games, a win for either team would offer an advantage for the rest of the campaign, although Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola would dispute that assertion. The Reds will be eager not to lose their six-point lead over second-placed City, but with both teams more comfortable playing attacking football, another competitive match is expected.
A glance at the home form of Liverpool this season would suggest that visiting teams have much to fear at Anfield. Yet the Reds have won their last two home games in Premier League action by scoring late winners in 2-1 victories, and they have failed to register a clean sheet on Merseyside. Arsenal also scored five goals during a recent EFL Cup draw. There have also been other small hints that Liverpool are not as dominant as may seem especially as they netted two very late goals to claim a 2-1 win at Aston Villa last weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s players always compete until the last minute, but they can still be suspect in defence.
Manchester City had scored at least twice in winning five competitive matches until drawing 1-1 in midweek Champions League action at Atalanta. City finished the game with ten players and with Kyle Walker playing in goal, but they will now be seeking a third consecutive domestic victory on the road. Yet Guardiola’s team have proved to be vulnerable this term with surprise defeats by both Norwich and Wolves amid other more impressive performances such as 5-0, 4-0 and 8-0 wins. It may be a question of which City team turns up at Anfield on Sunday.
|04.08.19||Liverpool 1:1 Manchester City||COS|
|03.01.19||Manchester City 2:1 Liverpool||PL|
|07.10.18||Liverpool 0:0 Manchester City||PL|
|10.04.18||Manchester City 1:2 Liverpool||UCL|
|04.04.18||Liverpool 3:0 Manchester City||UCL|
Joel Matip (knee), Nathaniel Clyne (knee) and Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) will be unavailable for Liverpool, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to recover from a kick on the foot while Jordan Henderson should return following an illness.
Leroy Sane (knee), Rodrigo (thigh), Oleksandr Zinchenko (knee) and Aymeric Laporte (knee surgery) are all sidelined at City. David Silva (thigh) is rated doubtful while Ederson Moraes was substituted on Wednesday evening and his muscle injury is being assessed.
Although Liverpool failed to beat Manchester City in two Premier League last season, the visitors will enter this game with a longer injury list, and the expected absence of David Silva will be a blow. Despite not conceding that may goals, the City defence has been stretched in recent weeks due to fitness issues, and that is not a good sign ahead of this visit to Anfield where the hosts have netted at least twice in each of their home games this term. There may be little to choose between the two teams, but a good bet may be for Liverpool to win priced at 17/10 with Bet365.
A second pick is for a Liverpool Winning Margin of 1 goal offered at 7/2 by bet365. Six of Liverpool’s last nine matches have ended in single goal margin victories for the Reds with 2-1 being the most popular score. 2-1 has also been registered in three of their last four matches, and when Liverpool last beat Manchester City in Premier League action back in April 2018, it was a similar scoreline. Although City are expected to breach the home defence, Liverpool may possess just slightly greater firepower.
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