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2018/19 Premier League Prediction: Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Venue:  Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Date and Time: Friday, January 4 – 4:00 AM (GMT +8)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistant referees:  Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn

Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson

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A very interesting match this 2019 gets underway as Manchester City and Liverpool will serve the biggest game so far in the Premier League season this coming week. In fact, the visitor is still unbeaten in the competition, having 17 wins and 3 draws, while the reigning champion is sitting third with seven points adrift over Liverpool. Who do you think is going to win? Support your favorite team by downloading the 12BET Mobile Apps. It’s already available on iOS and Android, including 12Access for PC. Register an account now and bet on sports and slots.

Head-to-Head

EPL         07-10-2018          Liverpool 0:0 Manchester City

ICC         26-07-2018          Manchester City 1:2 Liverpool

UCL        10-04-2018          Manchester City 1:2* Liverpool

UCL        04-04-2018          Liverpool 3:0 Manchester City

EPL         14-01-2018          Liverpool 4:3 Manchester City

EPL         09-09-2017          Manchester City 5:0 Liverpool

Team News

For the Citizens, Kevin De Bruyne is unlikely to play for this big match after picking up a muscle problem which ruled him out of the team’s previous victory over Southampton. Meanwhile, Ilkay Gundogan may be fit to return from his injury, although coach Pep Guardiola would stick with the midfield trio – David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Fernandinho. In addition, Fabian Delph remains suspended, but the likes of Leroy Sane, Kyle Walker, John Stones, who missed out against Southampton may play against Liverpool. We expect Sergio Aguero to lead the line as he maintain his record of goals, scoring six home league games against Jurgen Klopp’s football club, and looking for his 250th career league goal home record.

On the other end, Liverpool will play without Joel Matip and Joe Gomez. However, James Milner is expected to be fit from a slight hamstring injury as he returned to training ahead of their exciting competitive game with Manchester City. Moreover, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are among the players hoping for a recall to the starting XI.

What the Managers said prior to the game:

Jurgen Klopp: “If we were ten points behind would I say we can’t catch them? Of course not. It’s January 3. But it’s very important game, a six point game. It’s motivation for them and so we need to be ready.”

Pep Guardiola: “The forwards of Liverpool are good. Those three up front. They scare me. They’re dangerous, I mean it.”

Team Characteristics

Manchester City’s Strengths

  • Attacking and finishing scoring chances
  • Creating long shot opportunities
  • Creating chances through individual skill
  • Creating scoring chances
  • Shooting from direct free kicks
  • Defending set pieces

Liverpool’s Strengths

  • Finishing scoring chances
  • Counter attacks
  • Protecting the lead
  • Creating scoring chances
  • Defending and attacking set pieces
  • Shooting from direct free kicks

 

Probable starting lineup

 

Liverpool XI:

Alisson Becker (Goalkeeper), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Defender), Dejan Lovren (Defender), Virgil van Dijk (Defender), Andrew Robertson (Defender), Georgino Wijnaldum (Midfielder), Jordan Henderson (Midfielder), Fabinho (Midfielder), Mohamed Salah (Forward), Firmino (Forward), Sadio Mane (Forward).

 

Man City XI:

Ederson (Goalkeeper), Kyle Walker (Defender), Vincent Kompany (Defender), Aymeric Laporte (Defender), Danilo (Defender), Bernardo Silva (Midfielder), David Silva (Midfielder), Fernandinho (Midfielder), Silva; Sane (Forward), Aguero (Forward), Raheem Sterling (Forward).
Prediction

So far, it’s undeniable that this is the biggest game of the 2018/19 Premier League season. It’s a clash that could go a long way in deciding who will end up winning. In fact, it promises to be a mouth-watering contest and a loss for Manchester City could put them on the verge of being too far from the league’s title race. On the contrary, there’s no team yet is playing better than Liverpool. The Reds have scored at least three goals in each of their last four games, including their dominating performance against Arsenal last timeout, which ended 5-1. Thanks to Roberto Firmino’s hat-trick.  Moving forward, the host still holds a better chance of winning in this upcoming match as they have the home court advantage, but there’s also a bigger possibility that both teams will end up a draw result as the Reds’ form speaks for itself.

ODDS:
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Predicted Score
: 2-2

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