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Premier League: Manchester City vs Liverpool – Match Preview

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Manchester City and Liverpool are heading towards a heated battle in the gameweek 4 of the Premier League.

Competition – Premier League

Date – 9th September, 2017, Saturday

Time – 12:30 pm (UK), 5:00 pm (IST)

Venue – Etihad Stadium

TV Info – Sky Sports(UK), NBCSN(US)

Live Stream – Sky Go, NBC Sports Live, Hotstar

Match Officials

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Craig Pawson

Preview

Manchester City and Liverpool are set to lock horns at the Etihad Stadium.

Both Manchester City and Liverpool need to win this match to ensure they won’t be too far from the top spot .

Pressure is high on Pep Guardiola to lead his side to Premier League glory this time after enduring the first trophyless season of his career. City started the season brightly with a 2-0 win over newbies Brighton but a draw against Everton on gameweek 2 means City don’t have the luxury to take this match lightly. They edged past Bournemouth by 2-1 in gameweek 3 courtesy to a 97th minute winner by Raheem Sterling.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool started the season in not so good manner with a draw against Watford conceding three goals in the process. They bounced back strongly against Crystal Palace in gameweek 2 and thrashed Arsenal by 4-0 in gameweek 3.

Recent form (Last 3 league matches)

Manchester City – W D W

Liverpool – D W W

Team News

Manchester City

Probable line-up
Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy, Gundogan, David Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva

Formation – 4-3-3

Injuries and Suspensions

Fabian Delph(Injured), Raheem Sterling(Suspended), Vincent Kompany(Injured)

Liverpool

Probable line-up

Karius, Robertson, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Formation – 4-3-3

Injuries and Suspensions

Adam Lallana(Injured), Nathaniel Clyne(Injured), Philippe Coutinho(Unfit)

Head-to-head

Liverpool have been successful in remaining unbeaten against Manchester City on both the fixtures in the last season’s Premier League. The Reds came up as 1-0 winners at the Anfield last season whereas both the teams shared points at the Etihad Stadium.
The worrying thing for Manchester City is that they have failed to beat Liverpool since 2008/09 season without Vincent Kompany.

Prediction

Both Liverpool and Manchester City need to claim all the 3 points from this clash to make sure they are not too far from the top spot. I am expecting a breath-taking attacking encounter with City edging past Liverpool by 2-1 scoreline.