The massive headline match of this weekend comes at Anfield as title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City face off.
With just one point separating these two teams last season, with the two sides finishing on mammoth 97 and 98 points tallies respectively, these games proved decisive in deciding who lifted the title.
It was of course Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City that lifted the Premier League trophy, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds won the Champions League - silverware that underlines the magnitude of this game.
The game at Anfield was 0-0, before the Etihad encounter finished 2-1 to City. Virgil Van Dijk was named player of the season due to his role in Liverpool’s stellar defensive record last season, but they’re failing to keep clean sheets as regularly this year, so another goalless draw looks unlikely.
Man City have similar defensive woes and come into this fixture six points behind Liverpool, knowing a defeat could prove fatal to their title challenge. Ederson is the latest injury concern, but Rodrigo and Aymeric Laporte are also major losses to their defensive unit.
Back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has never covered himself in glory in a City shirt, and he was sent off against Atalanta, despite only appearing at half-time, rushing out and committing a rash challenge.
Liverpool have won 10 of 11 league games so far this season, drawing the other. The defeat away to City was their only Premier League defeat last season, and they’ve not lost a league game at Anfield since April 2017.
However, they’ve not been especially convincing of late, despite all the wins. They needed two late goals to come from behind against Aston Villa, a last-minute penalty to beat Leicester, and a late goalkeeper error to beat Sheffield United. They’ve not beaten a team by more than one goal in their last six Premier League outings.
Liverpool have yet to keep a clean sheet at Anfield this season, and have just three from 19 games. Meanwhile City are missing key players from their defensive unit and have looked vulnerable on a number of occasions. We recommend backing a memorable high-scoring game.
Liverpool to win 3-2 – 25/1 with bet365
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