England Premier League
Sunday 8th November 2020
Kick off at 4:30pm GMT
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Because these are the last two champions and because we have witnessed some epic battles between the two clubs over the past two years this is the biggest fixture in English football at present and on Sunday we are in for a mouth watering prospect.
It has felt as if Manchester City haven’t started the season so well and yet if they were to win their games in hand over Liverpool they would be in 1st place. Points have been dropped of course, for example losing against Leicester at home and by 5-2 was seen as a shock. The draw away to West Ham where the season before City had not broken sweat to win 5-0. Their defence has been questioned, and they have been unlucky to lose Sergio Aguero for such a long time, but in recent weeks City have hinted at something better and come well prepared for this huge game.
Pep Guardiola’s side have moved up to 10th place and have 11 points and with a win they should be able to move up into the top 7 at least. Last weekend they beat Sheffield United but perhaps the one problem with the club is that they haven’t put a winning run together as of yet, though they do come into this match unbeaten in their last four games.
Liverpool have had a few bumps in the road themselves of course but they have still won 5 from their first seven games. A win would see the club return to the top of the league also. The Reds are currently on a 3 game unbeaten streak but like City they are perhaps not putting in commanding performances, just getting the job done.
Away from home Jurgen Klopp’s side would actually be in 16th place as they have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1 and conceded a whopping 9 goals although that is attributed to their shocking 7-2 loss at Aston Villa.
Manchester City: Sergio Aguero has been officially ruled out of this game with a new muscle injury and isn’t expected back until after the international break. Scott Carson has a slight knock but should be fine. Longer term injuries are keeping Fernandino and Benjamin Mendy on the sidelines.
Liverpool: Thiago Alcantara is Liverpool’s only new major doubt with a knock, but he is set to face a late assessment.
Man City vs Liverpool Head to Head:
Last season this fixture ended 4-0 to Manchester City.
Manchester City have won the last 3 league meetings at home to Liverpool.
Liverpool has just 1 win at Manchester City in the league from the last 11 meetings which happened in 2015.
4 from the last six league meetings have seen over 3.5 goals.
Man City vs Liverpool Prediction:
This is a huge game for Manchester City because they would go 8 points behind Liverpool with defeat - though they do have the games in hand. But a loss especially at home to what could be the only team to pip them to the title this season would be psychologically important too.
Both sides have looked better in recent weeks probably still hung over from a late finish last season and Liverpool have not performed very well on the road. They also have a terrible record in the league at the Etihad. The first goal - if there is one will go a long way to settling this game. We will back the away side to take something from this game, they just seem to have the psychological edge over Man City at the moment, which could make all the difference.
City lost the league last season by dropping too many points before Christmas, they have done that already on a few occasions this season but have been lucky to see Liverpool also drop points. Both sides do not look like 100% yet but we do expect to see goals in this fixture, which traditionally has them.
Man City vs Liverpool Betting Tips:
Asian handiacap (+0.5 Liverpool) at 1.89
Total goals/BTTS (Over 2.5 & Yes) at 1.61
Anytime goalscorer: Mohamed Salah at 1.90