English Premier League 2019-20 season preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City – Anfield – Sunday, November 10, 2019 – 16:30 hrs BST
Anfield will be looking forward to the biggest clash of the 2019-20 season when Liverpool host Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on Sunday evening, November the 10th.
The hosts have a comfortable lead of 6 points over City's 25, but they can in no way afford to be complacent, for with 27 games still remaining in season, anything could happen.
Both Liverpool and City have been vulnerable defensively this season. For City, injuries have been the big culprit.
Central defenders Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko are all out of contention for Saturday's game.
Ederson may be out after an injury sustained in the mid-week UEFA Champions Cup clash against Atalanta in Italy, but it may not be serious.
If Manchester City’s defence makes the same sort of basic errors that have plagued their performances this season, they will lose to Liverpool.
The loss of Aymeric Laporte is still being acutely felt, although it was encouraging to see John Stones enjoy a return to form of sorts at the back in the 2-1 win against Southampton. But Liverpool’s attacking play will pose far more complex problems than Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton.
Jurgen Klopp will as usual heavily rely on Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and to get him goals. They’re more than enough for any side to deal with. The wonderfully in-form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is an added bonus.
For City, folks like Raheem Sterling and Sergie Aguero are world-class and Kevin De Bruyne probably the best creator of goals in contemporary football.
The Reds' backline protagonists like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have done very little defending and more of attacking in this season so their core tasks will be severely put to test when City attack.
Unlike City, Liverpool's defense is bereft of injury concerns, although it must be said that their defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk isn’t in the same form as the previous season.
The crux is both teams will have opportunities to score. It’ll come down to who is finishing better.
Liverpool players are much more rested than their weekend counterparts who had to make a faraway trip to Italy for the Champions League clash with Atalanta while the Reds played Genk at home in Anfield.
Liverpool have the same goal differential this year after 11 matches as last year (+16) and are four points ahead of where they were at this point last season too (31 against 27).
They have, in fact, scored more this season compared to the last at this juncture (25 against 21).
They’ve just conceded more (9 against a ridiculously low 5).
The bookmaker online oddsmakers have set Liverpool as only a 7/4 favourite, with City at roughly 3/2 and the draw at 5/2.
There will be no dearth of motivation for either side, yet if Pepe Guardiola's men do not close the gap by winning the direct match-ups with Liverpool, their title hopes could well evaporate.
Liverpool's predicted Line-up (4-3-3):
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Man City's Predicted Line-up (4-3-3):
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling
Liverpool vs Manchester City Betting Preview
Odds subject to change and correct as of 07/11/2019.
- Liverpool to win: 13/8
- Draw: 13/5
- Manchester City to win: 13/8
Correct score line odds
Liverpool 1-0: 11/1
Liverpool 2-0: 13/1
Liverpool 2-1: 17/2
Liverpool 3-0: 17/2
Manchester City 1-0: 11/1
Manchester City 2-0: 13/1
Manchester City 2-1: 17/2
Manchester City 3-0: 17/2
Draw: 0-0 (12/1)
Draw: 1-1 (6/1)
Draw: 2-2 (9/1)
Liverpool vs Manchester City Betting Predictions
Both sides look evenly balanced. The fact that Manchester City have gone through their last three encounters with Liverpool without losing makes the odds absolutely even-stevens for the Anfield clash.
Betfair Odds are subject to change and were correct as of 07/11/2019.