Liverpool will host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday in the battle of top two sides in Premier League. This game could have far-reaching consequences in the title race, and we expect to see two best-attacking sides in the league in full force.
The Reds are without a win in their last three games in all competitions, and they must be desperate to put an end to their slump before it becomes a thing.
The Merseysiders have made Anfield into a fortress under Jurgen Klopp, and hence, they are slight favourites in the market to win the game. Coming into this game, Liverpool haven’t conceded a single goal in their last eight home games and they are undefeated in their last 25 league fixtures at Anfield. This means that the Reds haven’t lost a home game in Premier League in more than a year.
Liverpool were involved in Champions League during the midweek, and they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Napoli. In the league, their perfect start was halted last week as they could only manage a 1-1 at Chelsea. Hence, Liverpool face arguably their first big challenge to their title credentials in the coming weeks, and their reaction to recent disappointments would be a huge indicator of their capabilities.
Manchester City find themselves at the summit of the league table following their 2-0 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The Citizens were also involved in Champions League action, and they had to struggle for a 2-1 at Hoffenheim. David Silva scored the 87th winner to claim three crucial points in the continental competition.
Like their opponents, City are undefeated in the league this season. However, the trip to Anfield is arguably the biggest challenge for them in the league. A win would most definitely install them as main title favourites, and this is probably the perfect time to face the Reds.
The corresponding fixture ended in a 4-3 home win last season, and we expect another thriller on Sunday.
Last season, both sides faced each other four times in all competitions. In the league, both games ended in home wins. City thumped Liverpool 5-0 at Etihad Stadium, but they lost 4-3 at Anfield.
Both sides also faced each other in the quarterfinals of Champions League. The Reds emerged victorious in the two-legged tie with a 5-1 aggregate win.
Liverpool Team News
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absence, and Adam Lallana is a doubt for the hosts. Naby Keita came off with an injury against Napoli, and he is unlikely to start against City. Jordan Henderson should replace him in the starting eleven.
Manchester City Team News
Fabian Delph, Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are ruled out with injuries. Kevin de Bruyne has resumed training, but he is not likely to feature against Liverpool. Ilkay Gundogan and Benjamin Mendy are additional doubts for the visitors.
We believe that any of the three possible outcomes is likely in this game, and hence we advise you to stay away from the match-result market.