Premier League: Liverpool vs Manchester City preview

The biggest match of the Premier League weekend takes place at Anfield on Sunday, when joint-leaders Liverpool and Manchester City clash to decide which of the two teams will remain at the top of the table. The two sides have met four times this season, and Liverpool are still proud of their exploit in the Champions League, where they defeated Manchester City both home and away. The Premier League matches were equally spectacular, Man City won 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium and the Reds got the better of them in a 4-3 victory at Anfield a few months later. Overall, Liverpool have won four of the last six direct matches in all competitions.

Liverpool's perfect start to the season was ruined after seven consecutive wins in all competitions, the run was halted by the 2-1 League Cup defeat against Chelsea but the Reds can't seem able to recover from that. Three days later they secured a 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Premier League, and this week they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Napoli in the Champions League. Naby Keita suffered a back injury during that match but it was not as serious as it looked, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out of contention for the near future. Adam Lallana and Divock Origi remain injury doubts for manager Jurgen Klopp.

Manchester City have had their own setbacks this season, but they recovered very well each time. Their latest setback was the 2-1 home defeat against Lyon in the Champions League in September, but after that the Citizens pulled together four consecutive wins in all competitions to restore confidence at the Etihad Stadium. Last weekend they secured a 2-0 home victory over Brighton in the Premier League, and this week they won 2-1 at Hoffenheim in the Champions League. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has returned to training but he probably won't be rushed into first-team action so soon, while Eliaquim Mangala, Claudio Bravo and Fabian Delph remain injured. Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan are injury doubts ahead of Saturday's match.

Probable line-ups:

Liverpool: Alisson - Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson - Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner - Salah, Firmino, Mane

Man City: Ederson - Walker, Kompany, Stones, Laporte - B. Silva, Fernandinho, D. Silva - Sterling, Aguero, Sane

My prediction: 2-2 draw, it should be a very intense match but I can't pick a winner between these two very strong sides.

Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:

Liverpool win - 2.62
Draw - 3.60
Man City win - 2.70

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  • Bulgaria sharpe


    Huge expectations from the fans, the media and everybody really but a 0-0 without too much chances in front of both goals in the end.

    Right, there was a missed penalty kick in the end but even that one looked likely to be missed(at least for me), Mahrez has a 2 goals from 5 penalties (including this one) record so not a real upset really.
    Liverpool have been looking quite tired I must say and in the end they should be happy with the draw...probably Man City too.

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