Heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures, Manchester City and Liverpool sit at the top of the Premier League table, with Pep Guardiola’s side ahead on goal difference.
When the two sides meet at Anfield on Sunday, it will undoubtedly be the biggest game of the Premier League season so far and could set the tone for one side to start an early push for the title.
Both clubs were involved in Champions League clashes during the week, with David Silva securing three points late on for City whereas Liverpool stretched their winless run to three matches in all competitions after losing out to Napoli late on.
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Here at Football FanCast, we can’t see past a draw for this one. Neither side could really say they’ve been at their very best so far this season, with City losing to Lyon and Liverpool to Chelsea in recent weeks.
Jurgen Klopp’s side beat this weekend’s opposition twice at Anfield last season, but the Reds have been far less clinical going forward this season and both defences seem to have improved over the summer. 5P0RTZ are offering three times the points for a draw and that would be our bet.
In the four matches between these two sides last season there were an incredible 18 goals. This season though, Mohamed Salah hasn’t quite been firing as he was during the last campaign and Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk seem to have answered lots of the questions around the Reds’ defence.
For City, Sergio Aguero looks like he is back to his best though and with the two Silva’s in good form, the Champions will be a threat to any side yet again this season. Here, we would go for four or more goals, and 5P0RTZ will double your points.
Although it won’t get your points multiplied, Aguero would be our pick here. The Argentine striker netted his 200th City goal earlier this season and signed a new three-year deal.
While Liverpool’s strikers have only been firing intermittently, Aguero has bagged eight goals in just 10 appearances and looks to be in the form of his life right now.
City currently sit second in the table of total corners, with their matches averaging 11.3 in the Premier League this season, whereas Liverpool’s games have averaged 9.86. Hopefully though this will be an attacking game and we will see plenty of attempts on goal.
With both Brazilian goalkeepers Ederson and Alisson on top form, this could lead to plenty of corners, so for this question we would go with 12 or more to potentially double our score.
5P0RTZ offer eight different options here with varying multipliers, and we would have to go with a sub scoring a goal thanks to the form of Liverpool man Daniel Sturridge. The 29-year-old has been looking sharp once again this season and came off the bench late on against Chelsea to score a stunner that earned his side a share of the points.
Don’t be surprised to see the Englishman come on against City on Sunday and net against another of his former clubs.
There are a few players here who are regulars in a referee’s notebook. If Nicolas Otamendi was nailed on to start the tie we would probably select the Argentine centre-back, but as he started against Hoffenheim he could make way on Sunday.
Because of this, we would go for Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold. The 19-year-old has already picked up three bookings in the league so far this season and could be set for another up against the dangerous Leroy Sane.
This is obviously the most difficult question of all. Liverpool were famed for their quick starts last season, especially at Anfield, but the switch of focus to become more solid at the back has meant they aren’t flying forward as quickly.
We think City could open the scoring just before the half-hour mark, and have gone for the 28th minute for the first goal to be scored.
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