Hey folks! It’s matchweek 21, and it’s a cagey one, that one. A match-up talked about by all game lovers, book makers, tipsters, football pundits, sports analysts, FPL gamers and football enthusiasts. It’s a philosophy battle between the blue half of Manchester, the ‘noisy neighbors’ against a Reds team. Seven-points separate the two sides heading into the mouth-watering showdown with Liverpool on top of the pile.
Pre-season favourites, Man City, would never have seen themselves playing catch-up at this stage of the season. They are seven-point adrift of league leaders, Liverpool. City would host leaders in a potential League winner decider. City knowing that a loss here would potentially end their title dreams would go for a winner here.
Three defeats in five games including shock ones at Crystal Palace and Leicester have seen them play catch-up to Liverpool, disappointments they’ll be looking to overcome. Guardiola has been beaten seven times by a Klopp’s team-his most against any manager.
Although, a draw would see them leapfrog Spurs into second place. It is above all important that they come out of this tie with a win to keep their league hopes alive.
Recent league form: W L W L L W
Liverpool are having the best run of form they could possibly manage. They’ve dropped only six points at this stage and still, remain unbeaten in the league. Equally important is that the Reds haven’t lost a game in 10 outings. In the light of this, it is worth noting that no team with such statistics at this stage has failed to win the league.
Albeit City have scored more goals (54), the Reds have scored 3 or more goals in their last six league games. What’s more intriguing about the Reds play is that they allowed only eight goals in between the sticks, half of City’s sixteen. The attacking threat they pose coupled with their strong defense could ensure them a win. Here’s a look at their current form.
Recent league form: W W W W W W
Manchester could be without the services of star man, Kevin De Bruyne after doubts were cast on his fitness. Also, key players such as Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan are also out due to injuries. Fabian Delph would be missing in left back position after being suspended in their previous matches. Doubts also persist over selection of Kyle Walker as the English man has lost form in recent matches. Meanwhile, Liverpool suffer no fresh injury concerns.
Possible Starting line-up
Ederson; Walker, Stones, LaPorte, Zinchenko; Bernardo, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane.
Allison; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Firmino, Keita; Salah
A match with three goals with goals from either side should do it.
It was just like we predicted. Pep had already said it was a game that was going to be decided by plays inside the box. Kun Aguero’s racketeering strike was a testament to that. It was Firmino who made the even at the half-hour mark after putting the ball at the back of the net after receiving a pin-point cross from Liverpool’s left-back, Andrew Robertson.
Sane made it two goals for City after a mazy run through Liverpool’s hallowed defence ended up in the back of the net
Man City 2-1 Liverpool