Liverpool vs Manchester City
At the end of the eight round of English Premiership we have derby between two leading teams, Liverpool and Manchester City. Both of them won six and drew one match and fully deservedly occupy first two places in the Premier League table. Regarding their matches played last season we can say that whoever played at home in the league has won, while in the League Cup Liverpool won at home and away.
Liverpool vs Manchester City begins 07.10.2018 at 17:30 CET
Still, this great match comes for the Reds after three not so good performances when Liverpool lost to Chelsea at home and to Napoli away in the Champions League, and it drew with Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge 1-1 in the league. The draw cost them the leading position as Manchester City overtook them thanks to better goal-difference.
Manager Klopp sent the strongest team against Napolie on Wednesday evening but that didn’t help much as Liverpool received an easy goal in the finish of match for the final 1-0. True, the Reds won PSG 3-2 at home in the first round and are still in the race for first two places in the Group C. Let’s add that Sunday’s match should skip injured midfielders Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain, and forward Origi, while not fully recovered midfielder Keita is questionable.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander – Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson – Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum – Salah, Firmino, Mane
Although Manchester City doesn’t play nearly as good as it played last year, when it easily won the English championship, it nevertheless occupies the leading place in the table. True, they have the same number of points like the Reds, and even 3rd-placed Chelsea is very close given that it lags behind for just two points. The Citizens won six and drew just one match, with the Wolves, in first seven rounds, and are by far the most efficient team in the league with 21 scored goal.
On the other hand they had a weak start in the Champions League as they lost at home in the first round to French Lyon 2-1, while last week they struggled but won away German Hoffenheim 2-1. In the meantime the City did a routine job in the League Cup against lower-league Oxford as it won away by 3-0. Let’s add that due to injuries still out of action are goalkeeper Bravo, stopper Mangala, and midfielders de Bruyne and Delph, while defender Mendy is questionable for the Sunday’s match.
Probable lineups Manchester City: Ederson – Stones, Kompany, Laporte – Walker, Gundogan, Fernandinho, D. Silva, Sane – Jesus, Aguero
Given that two leading and still undefeated teams meet it is perhaps the most realistic to expect a draw, although we believe that 2nd-placed Liverpool should be better motivated to win at its Anfield.