The Etihad Stadium plays host to the biggest clash of this season’s Premier League so far on Sunday at 16:30(UK) with the winner taking a giant step toward potentially winning this season’s title.
MANCHESTER CITY STATS, FORM SQUAD
Draws against Southampton and Crystal Palace and a loss to Tottenham saw Manchester City lose their grip on what seemed certain to be a sixth Premier League crown. However, the title is still in their own hands, as a victory on their own turf would see them open up an unassailable four-point gap at the top heading into the final seven games of the Premier League season. A comfortable 2-0 victory over Burnley in their last Premier League outing courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan’s efforts saw them return to the top of the Premier League standings. Despite Diego Simeone’s side appearing to deploy a ‘5-5-0’ formation in the champions league clash midweek, Man City will take a first-leg advantage to Madrid after De Bruyne’s 70th-minute strike from a Foden’s assist. Pep Guardiola’s men will take an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions into Sunday’s battle-winning six of them, including each of their last three – and they have conceded a mere two goals in that run. Conceding just 18 goals in 30 Premier League games this season, City are currently the best defensive side this season while 40 goals on home soil show how ruthless they are in front of the Etihad faithful. Ruben Dias remains injured and unavailable for selection. Kyle Walker is set for a return to the side after serving a ban midweek. Predicted lineup: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling.
LIVERPOOL STATS, FORM, SQUAD.
Liverpool found themselves top of the premier league table only for a couple of hours last weekend, but they have the chance to reach the summit of the Premier League with a win against Pep Guardiola’s men on Sunday. A comfortable 3-1 win over Benfica midweek in the champions league marked Liverpool’s fifth victory in a row in all competitions, and Klopp’s side has astonishingly prevailed in 17 of their last 18 games. Last weekend’s triumph over Watford saw them string together 10 Premier League wins in a row. While coming up against the league’s best defense, Liverpool have proven to be pretty adept at keeping the ball away from their own net with five successive clean sheets in the Premier League, and a whopping tally of 77 goals is the highest in the league so far. Jurgen Klopp has no injury worries as it stands and could well have a full-strength squad to choose from. Predicted lineup: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mane.
PREDICTION: BTTS & OVER 2.5
ANYTIME GOALSCORER: MO SALAH