Etihad Stadium - Premier League
It’s back to business in the Premier League after the international break, as Manchester City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium. And what a game it is to kick things off in Saturday’s early fixture, as both sides look to set down a marker.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games against Manchester City, winning four of those. The aggregate score’s 11-2 to the Merseysiders in that time, meaning City have a tough task on their hands. The last meeting ended in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad, with Sergio Aguero’s equaliser cancelling out a James Milner penalty.
After serving a one-match suspension following a red card against Everton, Kyle Walker’s expected to return for City. Pep Guardiola’s still without Ilkay Gundogan who continues to make his comeback from last season’s knee injury. Raheem Sterling also missed out for the hosts, after receiving a controversial red card following his dramatic winner at Bournemouth.
New Liverpool signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be handed his debut after arriving from Arsenal on transfer deadline. Jurgen Klopp could also recall Philippe Coutinho, after the wantaway forward shrugged off the mysterious back injury that’s kept him out so far this season to come on as a substitute for Brazil on Friday.
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Both sides can go top of the table with a victory, before Manchester United play Stoke in the evening game at least. Manchester City are looking for their first home win of the season, and Liverpool their first success on the road. It’s rarely a dull encounter between these two, and with so much attacking talent on show there could be plenty of goals.
After that incredible last-gasp win at the Vitality last time out, the international break came at a bad time for City. Guardiola needs to bring the high of that game back into his players’ legs, after many travelled far and wide to represent their countries. Despite their poor recent form against Liverpool, City start the game as favourites at 9/10 in the betting.
Plenty of visiting players were on international duty too, so this isn’t the ideal game for Klopp after the disruption. The German would’ve also been disappointed to see most of his squad disappear after the 4-0 thumping of Arsenal. It’s highly unlikely City will be anywhere near as open as Arsene Wenger’s side were that day, so Liverpool are priced at 10/3 for this one. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s available at 3/1.
Both teams to score at 1/2
This bet would’ve paid out in 11 of the last 13 meetings between these sides. With both teams offering so much going forward, it’s hard to see it not doing so once again.
Manchester City to win 3-2 at 20/1
Back City to put their bad run against Liverpool to bed, as the home fans see their team secure the three points for the first time this season at the Etihad in a thrilling encounter.