Man City v Liverpool tips – City evens to close gap on Reds

Games between Manchester City and Liverpool don’t need a huge fanfare anymore, with these two clubs having been head and shoulders above the competition in recent seasons and they’re both a short price to win the 2020/21 Premier League title.

This game takes on a huge importance on Sunday, with the visitors having the chance to remain top of the table if they can land three precious points, while they would also move eight points clear of Pep Guardiola’s men. However, a victory for the home side would see them two behind their opponents with a game in hand.

Can We Back Manchester City With Confidence?

Manchester City have a relatively modest eleven points from six games played which means that seven points have already been dropped. This can be explained by a home defeat against Leicester coupled with 1-1 draws against Leeds and West Ham, with Guardiola’s side not resembling previous teams who have been able to run riot on a regular basis.

City’s goal difference is only +1 right now and recent EPL wins over Arsenal and Sheffield United have been by a single goal, although the Citizens did have eight shots on target at Bramall Lane and they’ll be itching to burst into life when they clash with Liverpool, having run the same opponents ragged back in July.

Should We Expect City to Ravage a Weakened Defence?

It’s not just that Liverpool are missing Fabinho to replace Virgil van Dijk in central defence although the Brazilian’s absence from the squad also means that can’t take his place in the midfield engine room and there have to be doubts regarding whether the visitors will be able to cope with a Manchester City onslaught.

Although the City attack hasn’t yet caught fire, they are starting to look more menacing and they have recently put three goals past Porto and Marseille in the Champions League, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling causing Sheffield United all sorts of problems last weekend.

Phil Foden could also come back into the squad and it’s noticeable that the defence has tightened up considerably thanks to the presence of Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte manning the fort.

Will Attack Be Best Form of Defence For Liverpool?

Nat Phillips passed his defensive test with flying colours against West Ham, although Pablo Fornals did give the Hammers the lead before Liverpool once again came from behind to win at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s side playing a dangerous game if they go 1-0 down at the Etihad Stadium and the German will be acutely aware of how dangerous a team City are.

In July, the Citizens ran riot to record a 4-0 victory against a team who had just been crowned champions even if the visitors were off the pace based on the fact that they were still in celebration mode after clinching their first title in thirty years.

Klopp will want his team to go out and cause problems of their own for City, with Mohamed Salah enjoying an excellent season although the real in-form player is Diogo Jota who has gone from being in and out of the Wolves team to someone who is helping the English champions win matches on a regular basis.

What are the Best Bets for This Match?

We are going to stick with a Manchester City win as we just feel as though they can have the edge thanks to a stronger defence and more midfield creativity. The pace from out wide along with Kevin de Bruyne pulling strings means that we expect them to outscore opponents who are missing key players.

Our second bet would be City to win the game and both teams to find the net, with that paying a big price, while you could also go for a correct score bet of 3-2 and 3-1, with both sides likely to get on the front foot for this clash.

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