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Liverpool and Manchester City meet for the game of the weekend in the English Premier League on Sunday.
The pair collide at Anfield with the EPL title race having taken a twist in recent weeks, with City imperious and the Reds coming apart at the seams.
Wednesday night’s home humbling by Brighton left the reigning champions with a damaging record of two wins in their last eight.
Wins on the road at Tottenham and West Ham looked to have represented a corner turned but apparently not, with the Merseyside club starting the weekend in fourth place, seven points adrift of their visitors.
Sadio Mane could make a comeback here, which would be particularly welcome given Diogo Jota’s continuing absence from the front line.
Joel Matip is out for the rest of the campaign at the other end of the park, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both still missing, meaning one of the deadline day firesale recruits, Ben Davies or Ozan Kabak, could make a dream debut should Fabinho not be fit.
City have come up on their rails and then some over the turn of the calendar year, racking up nine wins on the spin in the Premier League to overtake this weekend’s hosts, Leicester and local rivals Manchester United at the top of the pile.
Pep Guardiola’s men come into the weekend three points clear at the summit as they attempt to wrestle the EPL trophy back down the M62.
Club legend Sergio Aguero won’t feature here as he continues his recovery from Covid-19.
Kevin de Bruyne and Nathan Ake will also be absent on Merseyside as they miss out through injury.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Liverpool has picked up 7 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.4 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Liverpool has scored 6 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Liverpool has put together a good run of form and has now gone 2 games without defeat.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Liverpool recently, with the side failing to score in 3 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Liverpool has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 2 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 13/21 games for Liverpool this season.
- Coming into this game, Manchester City has picked up 15 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 3 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 0 of those games. Manchester City has scored 13 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Manchester City has enjoyed playing away from home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 4 games.
- Momentum is really building for Manchester City as they have now gone 12 games without losing. They have won 5 of the last 5 games they have played.
- Manchester City has kept 5 clean sheets in the last 5 games, conceding 0 goals during this period. Overall this season, their defence has kept a clean sheet on 12 occasions.
- Manchester City is unbeaten in the last 5 games coming into this fixture against Liverpool, having won 5 and drawn 0. They have scored 13 goals in those 5 games.
- Just 0 of the last 5 games for Manchester City has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 5 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 7/20 games for Manchester City this season.
- It’s likely that Manchester City will score today, as they have netted in the last 9 games coming into this one and have scored 13 goals in the last five games.
Stats source: footystats.org
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Probable Manchester City Starting XI: Ederson, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden.