Although we have reached the 12th weekend of the Premier League season, this weekend perhaps is going to go down as one that could well define the shape of the season. Not only are the bottom two teams in the table, Norwich and Watford matched up on Friday, but the top two, Liverpool and Manchester City will lock horns on Sunday afternoon in what could be a huge game when it comes determining who stands a great chance of winning the title in May.
Last season, the two giants ran away from the rest of the teams in the Premier League with City pipping Liverpool to the title by a single point. This time though, Liverpool have a six point lead over City, despite having a much tougher start to the season than their visitors on Sunday, while City have stumbled to defeats away to Norwich and at home to Wolves in recent times.
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Let’s now take a look at some key statistics ahead of the game between Liverpool and Manchester City this weekend.
Liverpool v Manchester City – Statistics
Head to Head Record Between the Teams
- Games Played – 213
- Liverpool Wins – 104
- Draws – 53
- Man City Wins – 56
Results of the Last Ten Games Between The Teams
- Aug 2019 – Community Shield – Man City 1-1 Liverpool (City won 5-4 on penalties)
- Jan 2019 – EPL – Man City 2-1 Liverpool
- Oct 2018 – EPL – Liverpool 0-0 Manchester City
- Apr 2018 – Champs League – Man City 1-2 Liverpool
- Apr 2018 – Champs League – Liverpool 3-0 Man City
- Jan 2018 – EPL – Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City
- Sep 2017 – EPL – Man City 5-0 Liverpool
- Mar 2017 – EPL – Man City 1-1 Liverpool
- Dec 2016 – EPL – Liverpool 1-0 Man City
- Mar 2016 – EPL – Liverpool 3-0 Man City
Premier League Performances Comparison
- Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City (Hanley OG, Salah, Van Dijk, Origi)
- Southampton 1-2 Liverpool (Mane, Firmino)
- Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal (Matip, Salah 2)
- Burnley 0-3 Liverpool (Wood OG, Mane, Firmino)
- Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle Utd (Mane 2, Salah)
- Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool (Alexander-Arnold, Firmino)
- Sheff Utd 0-1 Liverpool (Wijnaldum)
- Liverpool 2-1 Leicester City (Mane, Milner)
- Man Utd 1-1 Liverpool (Lallana)
- Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham (Henderson, Salah)
- Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool (Robertson, Mane)
Played 11 – Won 10, Drew 1, Lost 0 Scored 25, Conceded 9 – Position 1st
Liverpool Top Goalscorers (EPL Only)
- Sadio Mane – 6
- Mohamed Salah – 5
- Roberto Firmino – 3
- West Ham 0-5 Manchester City (Jesus, Sterling 3, Aguero)
- Man City 2-2 Tottenham (Sterling, Aguero)
- Bournemouth 1-3 Man City (Aguero 2, Sterling)
- Man City 4-0 Brighton (De Bruyne, Aguero 2, Silva.B)
- Norwich City 3-2 Man City (Aguero, Rodri)
- Manchester City 8-0 Watford (Silva.D, Aguero, Mahrez, Silva.B 3, Otamendi, De Bruyne)
- Everton 1-3 Manchester City (Jesus, Mahrez, Sterling)
- Manchester City 0-2 Wolves
- Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City (Jesus, Silva.D)
- Manchester City 3-0 Aston Villa (Sterling, Silva.D, Gundogan)
- Manchester City 2-1 Southampton (Aguero, Walker)
Played 11 – Won 8, Drew 1, Lost 2, Scored 34, Conceded 10 – Position 2nd.
Man City Top Goalscorers (EPL Only)
- Sergio Aguero – 9
- Raheem Sterling – 7
- Bernardo Silva – 4
Potential Line Ups
Liverpool XI (4-3-3)
- Alisson – GK
- Alexander-Arnold – Dr
- Robertson – Dl
- Van Dijk – Dc
- Lovren – Dc
- Fabinho – DMc
- Henderson – Mc
- Wijnaldum – Mc
- Salah – Ar
- Mane – Al
- Firmino – Ac
Having rested a number of players in their midweek game in the Champions League with Genk, Liverpool should see the likes of Henderson, Mane, Firmino and Robertson restored to the team. I expect Lovren to get the nod ahead of Joe Gomez for this game, while Klopp usually reverts to a more defensive looking midfield for these key games, though if he wanted to shake things up, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could come in for either Henderson or Wijnaldum. Only Matip and Shaqiri should be unavailable for the home side through injury.
Manchester City (4-3-3)
- Ederson – Gk
- Walker – Dr
- Mendy – Dl
- Stones – Dc
- Fernandinho – Dc
- Gundogan – DMc
- Silva.B – Mc
- De Bruyne – Mc
- Sterling Ar
- Aguero – Ac
- Mahrez – Al
With injuries to a number of players in defence and midfield, City will likely go with their usual 4-3-3 but with Fernandinho moving into central defence alongside Stones. Gundogan will likely deputise. Guardiola could opt to play B.Silva in a wide attacking role on the left, dropping Mahrez to the bench and playing an extra midfielder, likely Foden, but Mahrez edge in experience may get him the nod here.
Liverpool v Manchester City – Game Preview and Tips
Having looked at the stats and the projected starting lineups for both teams, how do we think this weekend’s massive game will go? Liverpool’s home record is such that it must frighten any team, but City were a missed late penalty away from handing Liverpool a defeat at home last season and they won’t be rattled by the Reds great home form.
City though have looked fragile defensively and with only one recognised central defender available, this could be a real test for them if the Reds can put them under pressure. City’s midfield has the edge in terms of creativity, but I think the Reds defence is the better of the two and with Anfield likely to be rocking for this game, and the crowd baying for victory, this can inspire the home team and send shivers down the spine of the visitors.
This will be close as these games always are, but I am backing Liverpool to just about come out on top.
- Liverpool to win – 13/8
- Liverpool to win 2-1 – 10/1
- Roberto Firmino to score at any time – 15/8