Premier League affairs do not come any bigger than Manchester City against Liverpool in recent years, so another cracking contest is on the cards at the Etihad on Sunday.
Premier League 2020/21
Date: Sunday November, 8th
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ran out 3-0 winners over Greek opposition Olympiakos in midweek, and will approach this potentially tough-looking engagement with some confidence.
Dropped points at Leeds United and West Ham United, as well as that chastening 5-2 home defeat to Leicester City, stand out as poor
results, but the Citizens have turned a corner significantly in recent games, having gone unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions and have kept a clean sheet in their last three.
Liverpool on their part, returned from Atalanta with a 5-0 victory in their Champions League date, and have now won five in a row since drawing with Everton on match day five.
Having played one game more, they have a five-point cushion over their opponents coming into this one, and will want to stretch that lead when they face off here.
Yet, both sides can readily cancel each other out but Jurgën Klopp will be happy having to face his opposite number once again: the German has recorded more wins (9) over Pep Guardiola than any other manager in his career.
The trio of Benjamin Mendy, For and Sergio Agüero will play no part here for the hosts.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Fabinho and Thiago are still not available for selection.
Joel Matip could return after overcoming his injury woes but Rhys Williams is again on standby should he be needed.
Manchester City have been winning at both half time and fulltime in eight of their last nine home league games.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in nine of Liverpool’s last ten league games while there have been under 2.5 goals scored in City’s last four in the competition.
There have been over 2.5 goals recorded in ten of the last eleven games against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions.
Man City last five competitive games: WDWWW
Liverpool last five competitive games: WWWWW
These kind of games have been tough enough call to make in the betting at the best of times, which is why we might not be picking on an outright winner here.
Both sides have plenty of quality and are capable of overrunning opponents at their very best, so we think it could be best to pick the goals tip from here, as we feel this game should have a lot of it to spice things up. Over 2.5 goals (21/10) is our first pick from here thus.
Sadio Mane is 15/8 to score anytime here and be sure the trickery and pace of the Reds attacker will trouble City all day long.