Manchester City are playing at home against Liverpool in a vital fixture for the title of the Premier League. The Citizens will want to quickly to forget about December where they lost three of their seven games in that month. During the weekend, Pep Guardiola’s players have won versus Southampton with a 3-1 score, after three goals in the first half of David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. After the victory against The Saints, the difference with Liverpool has been kept to seven points, but there is no room for more mistakes for Pep’s team.
So far, no team that has been first in Premier League with seven points lead of the second of New Year has not missed lifting the trophy at the end of the season. The Reds ended 2018 with a wonderful victory against Arsenal with 5-1 after Roberto Firmino was a hero for the team with three goals.
Manchester City have problems in defence, and the team didn’t have a clean sheet in the previous ten fixtures in the Premier League. The Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko is forced to play as a full-back, and exactly his mistake was the reason for a goal of Southampton. At the same time, Liverpool are in great form and have strong wing players. We expect that Jurgen Klopp, just like the first match between both teams, will saturate the centre, but will require the attack from the wing.
In this season a big part of the games between Top 6 have been with not many goals, but we expect the game on Thursday to be an exception. Both teams have amazing strikers who can punish each opponent’s mistake. Man City have to chase a victory to keep Jurgen Klopp’s side under pressure and to keep their chances for the title in England. I will back BTTS – Yes and Over 2.5 Goals, with Manchester City 3-2 Correct Score.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Head to Head
Manchester City have one win, one draw and four defeats in the previous six games against Liverpool. In five of these games have been scored over 2.5 goals. The last match between both sides was in October ended as a goalless draw.
In eight of the previous nine away games of The Reds on Etihad Stadium have been scored three or more goals. In these fixtures, Liverpool have just one victory.
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Manchester City vs Liverpool Stats
- Manchester City have scored two or more goals in the last 11 home games in the Premier League.
- The Citizens have never lost two consecutive games at home under the coaching of Pep Guardiola.
- Manchester City have won 11 of the previous 12 fixtures in the start of the new year.
- Liverpool are on the run of nine wins in a row in the Premier League.
- The Reds have scored three or more goals in five of the last six games .
- Liverpool have won just five of the last 17 fixtures in January (five draws, seven defeats).
- Mohamed Salah took part in five goals in the previous four games in all competitions against Manchester City (three goals, two assists).
Manchester City vs Liverpool Odds
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Manchester City vs Liverpool Team News
Claudio Bravo, Eliaquim Mangala and Benjamin Mendy will miss the game for Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne is in doubt for the game. Fabian Delph will not play in this game for the red card that he received against Leicester. Ilkay Gundogan is returning for the home team.
Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke are injured and will miss the game for The Reds. James Milner is returning after two months absence.