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Premier League: Man City vs Liverpool Match Preview

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Premier League: Man City vs Liverpool Match Preview

Premier League: Team news, Match Facts and Prediction ahead of Man City vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday, 8th November 2020

The two previous EPL Champions face off today on the same week as the 3-1 win by Liverpool against Man City in the last season’s first leg campaign. Liverpool could move eight points ahead this time – or City could move within two having played a game fewer.

It’s too close to call, too early to tell…..and too good to miss!

MATCH FACTS

When does Man City vs Liverpool kick off? Sunday 8th November, 2020 – 17:30 (GMT+1)

Where is Man City vs Liverpool being played? Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Head-to-head

  • Manchester City have won their last three home league games against Liverpool by an aggregate score of 11-1.
  • They can win consecutive top-flight matches against Liverpool for the first time since a run of four victories between 1935 and 1937.
  • The Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last 10 league away encounters, conceding 26 goals in total.
  • However, Liverpool are unbeaten in 11 league meetings as the reigning champions since a 3-1 defeat in 1977.

Man City

  • Manchester City are aiming to win back-to-back league games for the first time this season.
  • They have won nine of their past 10 Premier League matches against the reigning champions.
  • Eleven points is their lowest tally after six league matches since registering the same total in 2014-15 under Manuel Pellegrini.
  • In Pep Guardiola’s 11 previous top-flight seasons as a manager, his teams have always had at least 16 points after seven matches.
  • City could go five Premier League matches without scoring more than one goal for the first time in 11 years.
  • They are one short of 100 Premier League home defeats.
  • Guardiola’s eight defeats versus Jurgen Klopp is his worst record against any manager.

Liverpool

  • Liverpool have lost four Premier League fixtures in 2020, the same amount as the previous two years combined.
  • They have won only three of their last nine Premier League away matches (D2, L4), following a run of 16 victories in 17 games.
  • Liverpool have conceded 15 goals after seven Premier League games, their most at this stage of a league campaign since 1964-65.
  • The Reds have conceded 27 Premier League goals since winning the title in July amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, the joint-most of any top-flight team during that period.
  • Liverpool have won a league-high 28 points from losing positions since the start of last season.
  • Mohamed Salah has scored 80 Premier League goals in 115 games since his Liverpool debut in 2017, nine more than any other top-flight player during that period.

Team News

MANCHESTER CITY

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Ruben Dias, Laporte, Joao Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Foden, Jesus, Sterling

Unavailable: Fernandinho (Injured), Mendy (Injured), Aguero (Injured)

LIVERPOOL

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Matip, Robertson; Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Salah

Unavailable: Oxlade-Chamberlain (Injured), Van Dijk (Injured), Fabinho (Injured), Thiago (Injured)

Questionable: Jota (Injured)

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Prediction

It is the clash of the Premier League’s two strongest sides and despite being so early in this season, this game could be key in the outcome of this season. Although City haven’t looked great and have had a poor start to the season, a win over Liverpool and a win from their game-in-hand will see them leapfrog the champions and potentially to the top of the league. The absence of Van Dijk and the return of Gabriel Jesus couldn’t have come at worse time for Klopp, but the experienced manager will instill a calm mentality across the Liverpool dressing room and the Reds will be up for this one. Based off the start to the season and current form, the Reds would be favored, but expect this game to be tight. This really is a game that could go either way with fine margins and moments of brilliance likely to decide it, but expect both managers to pay respect each other and play this slightly more cautiously than they usually would play.

BraggsSports will go for an “Under 3.5 goals” here.

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