Arguably the most important game of the Premier League season, certainly in terms of the title, takes place this Sunday as Champions Manchester City host their most fierce and closest rivals Liverpool in a game that has massive title implications.
When the teams met earlier this season, they shared a point each after a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Now with just eight games of the season remaining, and one point between the two teams who are once again well clear in the title race, the stakes on Sunday’s game could not be higher.
Both come into the game on the back of midweek wins in the Champions League quarterfinals first leg, City defeating Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Etihad, while Liverpool were 3-1 winners over Benfica in Lisbon, both results setting the teams up perfectly for Sunday’s showdown.
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But first let’s take a quick look ahead to Sunday’s big game.
Manchester City v Liverpool – Context
Recent games between these two teams have very much gone the way of City in the main. City have won two of the last four between the teams, twice scoring four goals against the Reds, and the other two games between the two have finished in draws.
Liverpool’s last win over City came in the Premier League back in November 2019, but that is their sole win in the last eight between the two teams.
City’s record at home against Liverpool is also good, having avoided defeat in their last three home games against the Reds. Their last defeat at home was in the 2018 Champions League and Liverpool’s last win in the league against City away from home was way back in 2015.
Certainly, City have had the better of recent meetings, but in truth, that will matter little on Sunday when the two team’s go head-to-head.
City have 73 points from 30 games in the Premier League to top the table. Liverpool have 72 points from their 30 matches played so far. They are well clear of Chelsea in third who have taken 59 points from 29 games so far.
There are distinct echoes of the title race back in 2018/19, when the two finished just a point apart, City amassing 98 points to Liverpool’s 97 to clinch an incredible title race.
This season’s race could be every bit as epic and there is no doubt that Sunday’s game will play a decisive role in deciding the outcome.
Manchester City Team News
Ruben Dias will likely be absent for this game as he is still to fully recover from an ijnjury sustained a few weeks ago, but other than that, Pep Guardiola will likely have the rest of his first team squad options to choose from.
The main decision for Pep is not in defence, but in midfield and attack where there are a number of players vying for spots in the team. I think he may elect to play De Bruyne slightly further forward and bring in Gundogan to partner Rodri in the centre of midfield.
That may mean Grealish and Sterling miss out on the game with Foden, who was rested in the midweek against Atletico likely to come in given his good goalscoring record against Liverpool in recent matches. Here’s my prediction for City’s line up for Sunday.
- Manchester City Possible XI – (4-3-3) – Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Stones, Laporte, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, B.Silva, Mahrez
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool came through a tough away game against Benfica on Tuesday in the Champions League quarterfinals, winning that first leg 3-1. Konate, Keita and Luis Diaz started that game and I feel they may well make way for Matip, Henderson and Jota in the game at the weekend.
Trent Alexander-Arnold played his first full 90 minutes after recovering from a thigh injury, and that was a huge boost to the Reds as was Naby Keita getting significant game time. As such, Liverpool look to have a full-strength squad ahead of the game with City.
With that in mind, I expect Jurgen Klopp to name this team:
- Liverpool Possible XI (4-3-3) – Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Jota.
The results in midweek have slightly altered the betting odds on this game with Manchester City drifting slightly from 19/20 to even money with bet365 on the back of their performance against Atletico.
Liverpool meanwhile have come in from 13/5 to 5/2 on the back of their excellent win in Portugal against Benfica, while the draw remains an 11/4 chance.
In terms of what bet to make, with two draws in the last four games between the two, and so much at stake here, you know both managers know they cannot afford to lose this game, so I think a draw does look to be the sensible betting option.
However, I can totally understand City and Liverpool fans siding with their team in this one as you can make equally good cases for both to win the game.
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