There are some intriguing matches coming up this weekend in the Premier League including Burnley’s trip to take on in-form Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Leicester City clashing at Stamford Bridge and Tottenham’s home game against Everton to name but three.
However, without doubt the biggest game of the weekend comes at Anfield on Sunday as Manchester City travel to face Liverpool hoping that they can keep their unbeaten record intact against Jurgen Klopp’s men in what promises to be a cracking game of football.
In this article, we are going to preview this game, give you a statistical breakdown of the teams involved, pick the likely teams and then give you what we believe are the best selection of tips for the match that you will find anywhere online.
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Liverpool v Manchester City – Stats Pack
Premier League Standings (top 6)
Other Notable Stats
- These are the two least defeated teams in the Premier League this season with Liverpool losing just twice (away to Man City 5-0 and 4-1 at Tottenham) while City remain unbeaten having dropped just four points all season.
- These two teams have the best attacks in the Premier League with City scoring 64 goals and Liverpool 50. The next best team in terms of scoring is Manchester United with 45 (all from 22 games played)
- City’s is also the meanest defence in the Premier League with just 13 goals conceded, Liverpool have conceded 25 goals in comparison, though nine of those were conceded in their two defeats this season.
- Manchester City’s last win over Liverpool at Anfield came back in May 2003 when they were 2-1 victors in the league. A last minute goal from Nicolas Anelka giving City the win.
- Liverpool have not lost any of their last 15 home games against Manchester City picking up 10 wins and 5 draws in that time.
- Man City Top Scorers: Sterling 14, Aguero 13, Jesus 8, Sane 6, De Bruyne 6
- Liverpool Top Scorers: Salah 17, Firmino 9, Coutinho 7, Mane 5
Head to Head since 2014
- April 2014 – Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2
- August 2014 – Manchester City 3 Liverpool 1
- March 2015 – Liverpool 2 Manchester City 1
- November 2015 – Manchester City 1 Liverpool 4
- Feb 2016 – League Cup Final – Man City 1 Liverpool 1 (Man City win on penalties)
- March 2016 – Liverpool 3 Manchester City 0
- December 2016 – Liverpool 1 Manchester City 0
- March 2017 – Manchester City 1 Liverpool 1
- September 2017 – Manchester City 5 Liverpool 0
Their League Cup Final win apart, City have won just two of the last eight games between the teams with Liverpool enjoying five wins in that period, with one draw.
City did hammer Liverpool 5-0 at home earlier this season but for that game, the Reds were reduced to 10-men early on when Sadio Mane was sent off while the score was still 1-0 to City. Prior to that, Liverpool had threatened to score several times against City’s defence. City however made the extra man pay in a clinical second half performance.
In their entire histories, the teams have met a total of 208 times in total. Liverpool have 101 wins, Manchester City 54 and 52 draws between the teams.
Injury News and Probable Teams
Manchester City will be without long term injured Bernard Mendy and Gabriel de Jesus, while there are doubts over whether Vincent Kompany will be fit enough to play. David Silva should return after missing the midweek Carabao Cup win over Bristol City. Sergio Aguero, who started on the bench in midweek, should return to the side too.
- Manchester City probable XI: Ederson, Walker, Delph, Mangala, Stones, Silva, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Sane, Sterling, Aguero.
Liverpool’s main injury worry has been Mohamed Salah, but the Egyptian is likely to be fit enough to return for this game having missed the Reds FA Cup win over Everton. With Coutinho now gone, there is space in Liverpool’s midfield for a new face with Adam Lallana most likely tasked with filling the void. Virgil Van Dijk could keep his place after a superb debut against Everton last weekend.
- Liverpool probable XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Is this City’s biggest test this season?
While the games away to Manchester United and Chelsea (both of which City won) may well have proven to be very tough, City’s record at Anfield is very poor and with Liverpool having such a dangerous attack, this could well be City’s sternest test as they seek to go through the season unbeaten in pursuit of the Premier League title.
That City will win the Premier League is no longer in doubt for many. It would take a catastrophic series of results for them to surrender the lead they hold and they are just not likely to endure that run of losses. However, going the season unbeaten is a tough task.
Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow however by the loss of Coutinho on the eve of what is arguably their biggest game of the season. The Brazilian may not have been fit to play in this game anyway, but his sale to Barcelona has reduced the quality of attacking players the home side have available markedly and it will be interesting to see if Jurgen Klopp brings anyone in immediately to replace him.
Adam Lallana will likely slot into the team for Coutinho, but Klopp could also elect to play a more defensive team and play Wijnaldum instead.
One thing is for sure, City’s defence has looked more fragile in recent times and with Liverpool’s defence also very rocky, the tendency for this game to produce goals looks likely to continue on Sunday.
Our Top Tips for Liverpool v Manchester City
- Match Result – Liverpool v Manchester City – Draw at 27/10
- First Goalscorer – Roberto Firmino at 13/2
- Anytime Goalscorer – Sergio Aguero at 19/20
- Correct Score – Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City – 10/1