After a long international break, Premier League is finally back, and it starts with a bang. The early game on Saturday is Manchester City vs Liverpool!
The international breaks are rough, but we made it through. Manchester City and Liverpool opens up round four this Saturday at Etihad. Both teams are in great shape, and both City and Liverpool are top four. They have totaled 12 goals and 14 points so far, so we can expect a great match.
Manchester City vs Liverpool
Etihad Stadium – Sat 9 Sept, 13:30 CEST
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Man City last five: WDLWW
Liverpool last five: WWWWD
Walker – Stones – Otamendi – Mendy
Sané – Silva – Fernandinho – De Bruyne
Jesus – Agüero
Gomez – Lovren – Matip – Robertson
Can – Henderson – Wijnaldum
Mané – Firmino – Salah
Manchester City has been playing with three at the back so far, but after seeing how Liverpool punished the Arsenal 3 back-line, Pep should highly consider playing four in the back for this match. The high power Liverpool attack is extremely hard to stop, and Fernandinho needs to be a key piece of the City defense. Mané, Firmino and Salah has 7 goals between them, and they will only continue finding the net.
The last time these two teams met was at Etihad in March last year. Liverpool and James Milner drew first blood, but Sergio Agüero equalized after 68 minutes. It ended 1-1. However, Liverpool has won four of the last six matches between the two, and Man City only has that one victory on penalties in the League Cup in 2016.
It’s interesting that Liverpool, despite scoring a lot of goals, also has kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven matches in the Premier League. However, Manchester City has scored two or more goals in seven of their last eight PL matches. It’s hard to predict what kind of game this will be, but Liverpool hasn’t lost to Manchester City in the Premier League since August 2014.
For the Fantasy geeks out there, Sergio Agüero is one to look for. The Argentinian has scored in ALL of his five league home matches against Liverpool. That’s quite a stat. James Milner has also had a day against his former club, being involved in three Liverpool goals (2 goals, 1 assist) against City since he left.
Jurgen Klopp has said «Both teams are strong on the counter-attack. It’s a really interesting game». I gotta agree with that.
Manchester City 2 – 2 Liverpool
Goals: Agüero x2, Mané, Firmino
WRITTEN BY MATTIS HOLT, SPORTS AND BETTING WRITER FOR VALUEWINS
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