Liverpool vs Manchester City
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 3 October 2021
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
For the past three years, the EPL crown has been the private property of these two teams. And just as expected, Liverpool and City have raced to take possession of the top twp spots in the table.
This upcoming match-up has the potential to decide the champion of the season. A dominant win for either of these teams will massively shift the momentum, and it could spell disaster for whoever loses – especially with the likes of Chelsea, and United lurking just below.
Therefore, it goes without saying that the primary objective for Jurgen Klopp, as well as Pep Guardiola would be to avoid a loss. And both managers do have the luxury to call upon the services of some of the best defenders in the world as well.
It’s no wonder that the Citizens have conceded the least number of goals of all the teams in the competition, while the Reds have the third-best defensive stat in the PL.
As such, it’s inferred that we are about to witness a rather low-scoring affair. Most probably the first half would end up goalless, and brave punters could surely try their luck at 3.25 odd.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest encounter had ended in a 1-4 win for Pep’s men.
- They are on a three-fixture unbeaten run, and two of these were wins.
- Since 1989, the guests have won just twice at this stadium.
- Meanwhile, the hosts had won five of the past eight clashes at this ground.
Liverpool vs Manchester City Prediction
Liverpool were held to a 3-3 draw by Brentford the last match-day. In the meantime, the Citizens registered a 0-1 win on the road against reigning European champions, Chelsea.
Going on, owing to the spectacular defense on either side, and since both teams are aware of the consequences of losing this fixture, a safety-first approach is expected to be adapted by both.
Guardiola’s men have kept clean sheets in all but one of their PL games, while Klopp’s men have done so in all but two of their league fixtures. Likely, expect not much goals this Sunday.
Be that as it may, the Citizens have been superior in most recent h2h encounters, and also the Reds were just taken for a ride by the newly-promoted Brentford.
The team which came from the Championship just put three goals beyond Virgil Van Dijk and co. It’s unlikely the Reds would be able to keep the free-flowing attack of City at bay for the whole 90 minutes.
As such, expect a tough and hard-fought win for Manchester City this weekend.