Liverpool vs Manchester City
England Premier League
Date: Saturday, 31st December 2016.
Kick-off at 17:30 UK.
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Liverpool and Manchester City lock horns at the Anfield in what is definitely the biggest game of Premier League on this New Year’s Eve.
Liverpool enjoyed a 4-1 home victory over Stoke City on Tuesday to extend their unbeaten run at Anfield to 10 games in all competition, which include 8 in the league. The home form of the Reds is the third best in the league so far this season. They have gathered 20 point out of possible 24 point. Going into this game, Jurgen Klopp’s men sits 2nd on the log with 40 points, 1 point and position better than their Saturday opponent.
Manchester City has been able to steady the ship after their 2 games loss on match day 14 and 15. The citizens currently enjoys 3 games winning streak, netting 7 goals, and conceding once in their last 3 league games. In addition, Manchester City away league form is the 2nd best so far this season. The Citizens has been able to gather 21 points from 9 away league games played so far. Pep Guardiola’s side sits 3rd on the log, 1 point and position adrift their Saturday’s host.
Liverpool: Team News
Philippe Coutinho, Joel Matip and Danny Ings are already sidelined and there are no fresh injury concerns for Jurgen Klopp.
The good news for the Reds is both Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can are fit enough to start. And they are expected to replace Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi in the starting line-up.
Liverpool: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Mignolet – Milner, Klavan, Lovren, Clyne – Can, Henderson, Lallana – Firmino, Mane, Sturridge.
Manchester City: Team News
Sergio Aguero returns to the starting line-up after completing his four match ban. While Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Fabian Delph misses out with injuries.
Manchester City: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bravo – Clichy, Kolarov, Otamendi, Zabaleta – Toure, Fernandinho – De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling – Aguero.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Head-to-Head Statistics
Liverpool and Manchester City met 3 times in the course of last season. However, the reds enjoyed a two legged victory over the citizen in the league last season; defeating City 4-1 away and garnishing with a 3-0 win at Anfield. City won the third fixture in between in the Capital One Cup by a 2-1 margin.
In addition, Liverpool has 4 wins in their last 10 league meeting with City; while City has 2 wins in same amount of meetings. Moreover, City have failed to win in 13 competitive games visit to the Anfield; with their last league win in Anfield happening during the 2002/2003 season.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Prediction
This is very tight game, as both teams can march each other in terms of quality, tactics, and strength. Liverpool will be missing the niftiness of Coutinho, while City will be missing the dynamic Gundogan. However, this has no way taken away the quality this clash will provide.
The Reds get our nod here as they have done brilliantly to fend of top teams like Arsenal and Chelsea. While Manchester City lost their fixtures against the same two London oppositions. The Citizens haven’t won a Premier League game at the Anfield since a while now. So Liverpool to win is our main pick for this match. In addition, this two sides sits top of the goal tally log with 84 goals scored between them. Therefore, this promises to be an electrifying game and we may see over 3 goals here.