Prediction for Man City - Liverpool
Manchester City return from the international break eight points behind Arsenal in the title race.
But also with a game less than them.
And now he faces a tough test at home to top-four contenders Liverpool.
So they too need every point they can get.
The Merseysiders have a good record against the Citizens.
Jurgen Klopp's side have secured a share of the spoils on their last 2 Premier League visits to the Etihad Stadium.
Kato and won 1-0 when they met at Anfield in October.
Manchester City's recent performance is much better than Liverpool's.
But still, I wouldn't risk a Citizens win.
Instead, my prediction is for Over 3.5 goals.
Due to tradition – 8 of the last 10 head-to-head matches ended with at least 4 goals scored .
As well as the fact that Liverpool have a hard time defending when playing against attacking teams .
And Man City will have to be offensive due to the current circumstances and the need for 3 points.
Manchester City is on a streak of 8 home wins
Most of Man City's problems this season have come away from home, dropping points in 3 away defeats and the same number of draws.
However, they also had lapses on the home field.
As Brentford won at the Etihad. And one of the relegation candidates Everton grabbed a surprise point.
Pep Guardiola's mission will be supported by the abundance of goals scored in the last 2 games here.
With a magnificent 7 scored goals against RB Leipzig. While Burnley took six.
This, however, promises to be a different kind of test. As Liverpool are better equipped to fight for the points.
Things are further complicated by the late return of players from their national teams.
Which could leave Manchester City vulnerable for such a big game.
Liverpool have lost 4 of their last 6 away games (1-1-4)
Liverpool are like a team straight out of a Hitchcock thriller this season.
But he now faces a big challenge to qualify for next season's Champions League.
The Reds went into the international break with low confidence.
Having been kicked out of the Champions League this campaign following two defeats by Real Madrid.
Hopes of promotion to the Premier League's top four have also been dashed.
Because of the disappointing 0-1 loss to Bournemouth.
However, we can't just forget that this is the same team that won 2-0 away at 5th place Newcastle.
And that this is the same team that thrashed Manchester United 7-0 at Anfield.
Visitors Liverpool expressed disappointment at being limited to 2,382 tickets for their fans at the Etihad.
Fan group Spirit of Shankly opposed the move, saying in a statement:
“We recognize that there have been issues involving both teams' campaigning in recent seasons.
But this course of action is counterproductive.”
News about the teams
Erling Haaland missed Norway's games with a groin strain. But he is expected to be ready to play now.
And Phil Foden had appendicitis surgery last week and is out.
Liverpool have a couple of players who are questionable but should be available - Nunes and Gakpo.
While Alcantara and Diaz are much more likely to miss the game.
Stefan Bajcetic will definitely not be in Klopp's list for today. But Henderson is on the line.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Diaz, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodry, Gundogan; Bernardo, Haaland, Grealish
Injured : Foden
Lineup: Alison; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dyck, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Elliott; Salah, Gakpo, Nunes
Injured : Alcantara, Baycetic, Ramsey, Tsimakis (questionable)
Results of past matches
|KL||12/22/22||Man City 3:2 Liverpool|
|VL||16/10/22||Liverpool 1:0 Man City|
|KSH||30/07/22||Liverpool 3:1 Man City|
|KA||16/04/22||Man City 2:3 Liverpool|
|VL||10/04/22||Man City 2:2 Liverpool|
|VL||03/10/21||Liverpool 2:2 Man City|