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Manchester City V Liverpool
Sunday 19th March 2017
17:30 Kick off Live on Sky Sports
These sides have played each other no fewer than 205 times in the past. As you would expect Liverpool have the better record but I wouldn’t have expected it to be such a good record, they have won 101 of them games. Man City have won 53 and they have drawn 51 times.
Despite Man City’s investment over recent years Liverpool have still won 4 of the last 5 between them including earlier this season when they met at Anfield on New Years Eve. It was a low scoring affair with just a 8th minute Georginio Wijnaldum separating the two sides.
Man City have been in good form of late winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 1 of their last 6 in all competitions, Unfortunately for them last time out they let a 5-3 1st leg aggregate lead slip against Monaco to lose 3-1 and mean they were knocked out of the Champions League for another year.
Liverpool had been in terrible form in 2017 but of late they seem to have turned a bit of a corner, they have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 2 of their last 6. Last time out they managed to scrape a 2-1 win against Burnley after going a goal behind in the first half.
Man City currently sit in 3rd position and a win here could take them above Spurs into 2nd depending on Spurs’ result earlier in the day. A win would close the gap on leaders Chelsea to 10 points.
Liverpool currently sit in 4th position in the league and a win here could take them above today’s opponents and Spurs into 2nd place. Liverpool have played more games than the teams around them so every point is precious now if they want to stay in the top 4.
Man City have no new injuries just long term absenties Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan.
Liverpool’s sick bay is a little bigger, they are without captain Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge. They also have doubts over Divock Origi and Roberto Firminho and look like they may be struggling for attacking options.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola used the press conference to talk about the summers transfer plans by saying “I have heard people have written that I will change 12 or 13 players. That is impossible. They have contracts. You have to pay them.
“We will try and improve the team. Next month and a half I expect a huge step forward. Next season will be better. Just because they are out of contract doesn’t mean they will all leave. Some will stay.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said of his rival manager “I am not in doubt about his quality. Maybe a few people are but I am not. I respect him a lot.
“I know probably a few people think (differently) now they are out of the Champions League but I think the way they played was quite impressive as Monaco.”
“City could have won the game easily in the second half but because they are human beings they missed a few chances. For me City is the most difficult team to play. I know their image at this moment in this country is a little bit different.”
The bookies have Man City as favourites @ 21/20 with most firms including Paddy Power. Liverpool can be backed @ 11/4 with most firms but they are as big as 71/25 with Marathonbet, the draw is 14/5 with Betvictor.
As a reds fan I would nothing more than 3 points here and Liverpool under Klopp have an amazing record against the top 6 sides but I think Man City will need to bounce back following their European exit and think they can do so here with Liverpool lacking attacking options.