We have one last set of Premier League fixtures coming up from Friday through to Sunday evening this coming weekend, before we launch into the final International Break of the season. After that, we are then on the countdown to Christmas, which is as hectic a period of fixtures as any of the players playing in the Premier League will have experienced in their careers so far.
There are a number of big games at the weekend including second placed Leicester taking on sixth placed Wolves, Everton taking on Manchester United and Arsenal and Aston Villa locking horns, but the biggest game undoubtedly is the clash at the Etihad on Sunday as the two giants of the last couple of seasons, Manchester City and Liverpool do battle once again.
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Let’s now preview the big game on Sunday and take a look at the recent history of these two Premier League giants, before we bring you our tips for the game.
Manchester City v Liverpool – History
- Games Played – 125
- Manchester City Wins – 57
- Draws – 53
- Liverpool Wins – 105
Although Liverpool hold the advantage in historic meetings between the teams, recent clashes between the two have been much more evenly contested. Of the last ten games, Liverpool have won four, as have Manchester City with just two games drawn.
However, Liverpool’s record at the Etihad Stadium is not particularly good in recent times. Having lost 4-0 there last season, Liverpool have lost three of the last four against City, and their only win at Etihad since 2016 was a 2-1 win in the Champions League quarterfinals back in 2018. City have recorded a couple of big wins over Liverpool in that time including a 5-0 win in September 2017 and that 4-0 win last season.
City have won three of the last four against the Reds, if you include the win on penalties at the Community Shield in August 2019 and they will be looking to keep that record going here.
Manchester City v Liverpool Team News
Manchester City’s major injury concerns the last few weeks have been in attack with both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus out injured for a number of games. That has seen Ferran Torres line up in a more central role as an understudy to mixed degrees of success. However, both Jesus and Aguero could well be fit for the game on Sunday which would be a timely boost for City’s chances.
Especially when you consider that Liverpool’s main issues are all in defence where the absence through injury of Virgil van Dijk, Fabino and Joel Matip has left the Reds thin on the ground for defensive options. There is a chance Matip could be back for this game to partner Joe Gomez, but if not it looks like Nat Phillips may be given another chance in central defence.
Liverpool’s other big decision is in attack where Jurgen Klopp must decide if stalwart attacker Roberto Firmino comes back into the side, or whether Diego Jota, who grabbed a hat trick in midweek away to Atalanta in his place, retains his place in the team alongside Salah and Mane.
Man City Possible XI – (4-3-3) – Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Rodri, De Bruyne, B.Silva, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.
Liverpool Possible XI – (4-3-3) – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Gomez, Matip, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Mane, Jota
Manchester City v Liverpool Facts
- Liverpool are top of the Premier League table, Manchester City lie 10th (but have a game in hand)
- The Reds have conceded 15 goals in the Premier League this season, the second worst record in the division behind West Brom.
- Manchester City have scored just 9 Premier League goals so far this season and conceded eight.
- Both their records are distorted somewhat by heavy defeats, City a 5-2 home loss to Leicester, while Liverpool suffered a 7-2 away loss to Aston Villa.
- Both teams have 100% records in the Champions League winning all three of their games so far in that competition.
- Liverpool’s last win at the Etihad in the Premier League was a 4-1 win back in 2015.
Manchester City v Liverpool Tips
It seems to me that the fates are falling into place for another Manchester City win here (19/20 with bet365). The return of Aguero and Jesus to play against a makeshift Liverpool back line, which could possibly include a player making just his second Premier League appearance for the Reds, does seem to suggest the fates are aligning for City to land the win.
In terms of the Correct Score for this, I would back City to win the game 2-1, which is a 9/1 shot with bet365 Sport.