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Liverpool vs Manchester City: Preview, Odds, Stats.

Liverpool takes on Manchester City in a game that could widen the gap between both title contenders just before the international break. Liverpool leads the table with 14 points, Manchester City is on 13 points. The game which would pit the 2020 Champions against the 2021 Champions is one that is expected to have it all. From tactical plays to individual battles, attacking football, and astute defending from both teams, Liverpool vs Manchester City is a modern-day classic.

Managers of both teams are incidentally nominated for the Coach of the Month Award for September. Guardiola led his side to dominant 1-0 victories at Leicester City and Chelsea as the team kept three clean sheets in September. Klopp on the other hand continues the season unbeaten, beaten Leeds United and Crystal Palace, and holding a resilient Brentford side to a 3-3 draw.


Pep Guardiola ahead of the meeting between both sides said in a press conference “For us, it’s an honour to be a rival with Liverpool. Decades ago we weren’t rivals to them. For many years we try to compete with these legendary clubs so it’s an honour. Hopefully for them too. To compete against one of the historic teams in England that’s nice for us. Liverpool since I arrive here, first year maybe not, after the year that we won 100 points and they won the Champions League, Liverpool always was there.

While Pep and Klopp have had their rivalry going back to Germany, it is certain that there’s mutual respect from one manager to another.

As we fervently look forward to this game though, we wonder ‘Where will the battle be won?’




Manchester City is without an out-and-out striker since the departure of Sergio Aguero to Barcelona in the summer, Gabriel Jesus who deputized for him for most of his Manchester City career is often used as a wing forward by Pep. But if anything, Gabriel Jesus is still a goal scorer and whether he starts or comes off the bench he is going to be a goal threat against Liverpool as Chelsea found out last week. Pep’s side is constantly changing to the chagrin of Fantasy Football League players all over the world, and as unpredictable as his line-ups maybe big roles for De Bruyne and Jack Grealish are in the offing.

Liverpool’s front tree is expected to remain unchanged with Mane, Firmino and Salah expected to lead the charge. The crucial battle will seem to be in the midfield and defense where one side will aim to control most of the ball and capitalize on any sloppiness in the other’s defense.

If anything, we are expected to be treated to entertaining and courageous football. Neither Pep nor Klopp is one to sit back and allow the opponent to play.

It is hoped that key players like Salah have their heads in the right place though. A contract resolution between him and the club has not been made, and his camp is rumored to be touting the name of Sunday’s opponent, Kevin de Bruyne, as someone Salah should be on the same wage level considering he has better goal outputs and plays more games due to better fitness than his Belgian counterpart.

With an average of 3.3 goals in their last 10 meetings. Over 2.5 goals is a no-brainer bet to make at 1.68 odds. Also, considering their attacking prowess, BTTS at 1.53 odds is a good bargain and would bring value to your ACCA slip. If you want to check out the corners markets, both teams have had an average of 13 corners in their 6 Premier League games this season.

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