It’s a clash between the top two in the Premier League as Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield.
Liverpool vs Manchester City – Premier League 2018/19
Venue : Anfield
Date : Sunday, 7 October 2018
Kick-off : 4:30 PM BST
TV channel : Sky Sports Main Event & PL
Liverpool have had Man City’s number in recent games as the Citizens look for their first win at Anfield since 2003.
Liverpool pressing style of play has been a great counter to Pep’s style to play in recent meetings between the two sides.
Liverpool have been brilliant with their high pressing game, forcing opponents to play long balls in order to regain possession. With the forward trio of Mane Firmino Salah, it just takes one mistake for them to attack in the counter. However, we have seen some limitations in Klopp’s pressing formation against the likes of Chelsea and Napoli. Both Chelsea and Napoli play one-touch and two-touch passing to break the opposition pressure. At times, Liverpool players were caught in a 3 vs 2 position while pressing and hence their pressing was ineffective.
Man City play in a 4-3-3 formation with wingers playing out wide. The idea is to create overload in the final third with the central midfielders joining the forwards in attack and the fullbacks join in midfield alongside the defensive midfielder. Man City’s formation during attacks becomes a 2-3-5 formation and then they have lots of opportunities to make runs and score.
Man City’s central midfielders position themselves in between the opposition lines, in this way, a single pass can break the lines and put the opposition under pressure. However, this strategy has been ineffective against Liverpool due to their high pressing and intercepting the forward passes. It’ll be interesting to see if Pep has something different planned for Liverpool this time.
Both Liverpool and Man City are expected to start in a 4-3-3 formation shifting to a 4-4-2/4-5-1 defensively.
Team News :
Naby Keita remains a doubt after being carried off the field in a stretcher in the midweek trip to Naples. Keita is suffering from a back injury and in his absence Jordan Henderson is likely to start at midfield.
Adam Lallana has returned to training following a groin injury but remains doubtful for the match.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out with a knee injury.
Kevin De Bruyne is back in training following an MCL injury, however Pep is unlikely to play him for this match.
Ikay gundogan is doubtful for the weekend’s game following a hamstring injury.
Fabian delph remains ruled out while Benjamin Mendy is back in contention after recovering from a bruised metatarsal, however recent tensions between Pep Guardiola and the left back makes him doubtful for the game.
Head to Head :
The two sides have met 42 times in the Premier League with Liverpool being the dominant side with 19 wins to their name. The citizens have won 8 times and both teams sharing points 15 times. The last encounter between the two sides in the Premier League ended in a 4-3 victory for the Reds.
Match Stats :
Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 home games against Man City in all competitions (W12 D5), the last one being a 2-1 defeat in May 2003.
Man City have lost three matches against Liverpool in 2018, losing in the Premier League in January and two Champions League games in April. They’ve only lost four matches in one calendar year against an opponent twice before, Grimsby Town in 1936 and Tottenham in 1993.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games, the longest current run in the Premier League (W16 D8).
Team Form :
Liverpool had started their season brilliantly but in recent weeks their form has not been their best following a 1-1 draw against Chelsea and a 1-0 loss to Napoli in midweek in the Champions League. However, the Reds remain unbeaten in the Premier League with six wins out of seven games and remain on top alongside Man City.
Liverpool last 5 matches (in all competitions) – WWLDL
Man City have continued from where they left last season with Pep Guardiola’s side dominating the PL table with six wins from seven games played. They are undoubtedly title contenders, and a win in Anfield could would put them in a great position heading into the International break.
Man City last 5 matches (in all competitions) – LWWWW
Betting Preview :
On Sunday, Liverpool and Manchester City do battle at Anfield in what has the potential to be a fantastic clash between two of the best attacking teams in Europe.
Although early in the season, this clash looks like it could be a vital game in the race for the Premier League title. Liverpool started the season like a juggernaut. However, their recent form will be concerning heading into this big match.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has failed to win in their last three games in all competitions. The Reds also produced a woeful performance at Napoli last time out, failing to even register a shot on target. On the other hand, Liverpool are unbeaten in 24 league games at Anfield and have won the last two meetings with City.
City just seems to be getting in their stride though and we feel that their odds of 15/8 to secure a victory on Merseysiders may just offer good value.
The over 2.5 goals in this game is a no-brainer. It would take a very brave man to back this game to finish in a low-scoring result. The last four meetings between these two teams have produced over 2.5 goals.
Despite the Reds struggles in front of goal last time out, Jurgen Klopp’s side are potent on home soil. City have also scored at least two goals in seven of their last nine away games in the top-flight.
Former-Liverpool star Raheem Sterling has started the season in good form after a mixed World Cup with England. The winger heads into this clash having scored three goals and produced two assists in his last four top-flight outings.
He has yet to come back and haunt his former employers. Sunday could well be his time to shine on his former stomping ground.
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