The standout Premier League fixture of the game week sees Manchester City welcome champions Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium in a battle between the top two from the past two seasons.
Manchester City head into the game off the back of a comfortable 3-0 victory over Olympiacos on Tuesday night in the Champions League maintaining their 100% record with three wins from their three group matches.
However, the Citizens are off the pace in the Premier League as they currently sit mid-table with eleven points of their six games and are five points off the leaders. City’s manager Pep Guardiola will be desperate to climb up the table with a win and inflict an early blow in the title race.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool produced a stunning performance to thrash Italian side Atalanta 5-0 midweek in the Champions League and are headed to the Etihad on the back of a five-game winning streak. The team should be in a confident mood for this game.
Only five points separate the two sides and Man City also boast a game in hand, so victory on Sunday would see them move within two points of their title rivals. On the other hand, Liverpool can potentially move to the top of the Premier League table with a victory in this game.
In the last game between the two sides, Manchester City convincingly beat the newly-crowned champions 4-0 with K De Bruyne, R Sterling and P Foden all on the scoresheet.
Manchester City are looking to win consecutive league games for the first time this season. The Citizens have scored exactly once in each of their last four matches.
In their six Premier League games this season, Man City have scored just nine goals (1.5 per game) in their six games which is their lowest goals-per-game rate in the league since 2007-08 (1.2).
Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 away league games against Manchester City, conceding 26 goals in total (W1 D2 L7).
Liverpool have conceded 15 goals in their seven league games this season, as many as they did in their first 26 league games last term. Also, it is the most they have conceded seven games into a league campaign since 1964-65.
Two of D Jota’s three goals for Liverpool in the Premier League this season have been as a substitute – no other player has scored more than once from the bench in the competition so far this term.
- Match: Manchester City vs Liverpool
- Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
- Date & Time: Nov. 8, 2020, at 10 PM IST
- Injured: S Agüero, Fernandinho, B Mendy
- Doubtful: None
- Suspended: None
- Injured: T Alcantara, V van Dijk, Fabinho, A O-Chamberlain
- Doubtful: None
- Suspended: None
Predicted Starting XI
Manchester City (4-3-3)
Ederson (GK); K Walker, R Dias, A Laporte, J Cancelo; Rodri, I Gundogan, K De Bruyne; R Mahrez, R Sterling, G Jesus
Alisson (GK); T A-Arnold, J Matip, J Gomez, A Robertson; J Henderson, G Wijnaldum, N Keita; Firmino, M Salah, S Mane
- Manchester City form guide: W-W-W-D-W
- Liverpool form guide: W-W-W-W-W
The Reds are returning to something like their best form but they have a poor record away to Manchester City having won just one of their last 11 league visits.
Man City have won the last three meetings between the two sides at the Etihad Stadium by an aggregate score of 11-1. This should be another entertaining game but Manchester City might just edge it on home soil to clinch another victory over Liverpool.
Howzat Dream Team
- Goalkeeper: Ederson
- Defenders: K Walker, R Dias, A Laporte, A Robertson
- Midfielders: Rodri, K D Bruyne, S Mane, G Wijnaldum
- Forwards: G Jesus, M Salah
- Captain: K D Bruyne/G Jesus
- Vice Captain: S Mane/M Salah
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