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Liverpool Vs Man City Preview

Raheem Sterling (left) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (right) clash during a previous meeting between the two sides.

Buildup

Liverpool Vs Man City kicks off Sunday morning, as the top two Premier league sides meet for the first time this season. Liverpool remain the only unbeaten team in the league, allowing them to maintain a one point margin over the 2nd place visitors. On the other hand, City remain unbeaten in their last three meetings against the reds, A record consisting of two wins and a draw. City coach Pep Guardiola has a notoriously bad record at Liverpool stadium Anfield, although. See how both teams faired in the previous game week here

How they will line up

Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara are ruled out until after the international break. Consequently, James Milner is expected to reprise his role at right back. The seasoned veteran started the midweek Champions League win at Porto in defense. Curtis Jones and Naby Keita will battle for the third spot in midfield, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho nailed on to start. Jones’s performance midweek likely nudging him ahead in the pecking order. Diogo Jota has started the season as Liverpool’s central striker, but Roberto Firmino’s recent form has cast that position into doubt. Firmino’s work rate in defense, and press resistance during buildup, leads me to believe he will get the start.

City

Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko are currently City’s only Injuries. This leaves Pep Guardiola with several options, particularly in attack. Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus started from the bench in City’s midweek defeat to PSG. Both are expected to return to starting lineup, as they were two of prime architects of City’s 4-1 dismantling of liverpool in February. Jack Grealish will start from the left, as City continue to justify his transfer fee. Raheem Sterling’s pace and ability to run in behind make him a viable option, however. City’s back four and midfield will likely remain unchanged from midweek.

Predictions

Liverpool lead the league in both scoring and expected goals. City lead the league in goals conceded and expected goals against. After failing to secure the services of Harry Kane over the summer, City have struggled to convert chances created into goals on numerous occasions this season. Coupled with the return of the intimidating fans of Anfield, Liverpool may prove to be too much on this occasion. On the other hand, betting odds are in favor of Manchester City. Soccer of the highest order will be on display Sunday. Which team will lay down an early title marker?

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