Manchester City will look to continue their recent good form against Liverpool as the Premier League title favourites clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The Citizens are five points behind the defending champions but do have a game in hand and three points here would give the title race an early shake-up.
Liverpool are top with 16 points from their opening seven games but could find it difficult to make it six wins in a row in all competitions against a confident City side.
Manchester City vs Liverpool predictions
Manchester City are unbeaten against Liverpool at home since 2015 and the Etihad has been a favourable place when facing their title rivals. City won the corresponding game last season 4-0, although Liverpool had already wrapped up the title, but will be confident they can get a result again. Liverpool have not looked as formidable this term and we’re backing City to claim the points.
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Manchester City vs Liverpool betting tips
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.
Injuries could hamper Reds
Both City and Liverpool have had their struggles in defence this season with injuries and mistakes already costing both sides vital points.
Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk through an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury and have conceded 15 goals in seven league outings so far, as many as they did in their first 26 last season. Given Fabinho and Joel Matip are also struggling with injury, it could be City’s day in front of goal on Saturday.
Nathaniel Phillips impressed as he won man of the match for his defensive display against West Ham United, but the likes of Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres are a different prospect.
City put four past the Reds in July and there has only been one goalless draw between the two sides in the past 20 league meetings. The hosts have won this fixture at the Etihad the last three times and will still be sore at losing the title. They can make a point to their title rivals with a win on Saturday.
Tip: Manchester City to win @ 20/21 with BoyleSports
Forwards on the front foot
Both last season’s meetings produced over 3.5 goals and we are expecting goals again this weekend. City have netted 23 in 11 games in all competitions and are starting to get back to their free-scoring ways with two 3-0 wins in their last three games in the Champions League.
Liverpool are still clinical in attack and have scored 32 in 12 with the 5-0 away victory against Atalanta in midweek proof of their firepower. However, they have also failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League games, which is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.
City have shored up their defence with Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laparote performing well but the likes of Diogo Jota and Mohammed Salah will be on hand to punish them for any mistakes.
Tip: Over 3.5 goals @ 10/11 with BoyleSports
Jota to keep scoring
Diogo Jota has been a revelation for Liverpool and has started to show that he could be the player to take some of the goalscoring burden off of Salah and Sadio Mané.
The Portuguese has been in incredible form in front of goal, scoring seven times in nine outings in all competitions, and should get a start against City. We can see him adding to his tally.
Three of his goals for Liverpool have come when he has started on the bench, and no other player has scored more as a substitute this season.
Tip: Diogo Jota to score at any time @ 2/1 with BoyleSports
Manchester City vs Liverpool odds
The bookies are backing Manchester City as the 20/21 favourites while Liverpool are trading at 9/4 to get their first win at the Etihad since 2015. The draw is priced at 16/5.
Manchester City team news
Sergio Aguero is still ruled out but Gabriel Jesus is available. Despite Jesus scoring against Olympiacos on his return to action in midweek, Ferran Torres is likely to lead the line, flanked by Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez. Fernandinho is still out so Rodri will be the anchor in midfield with Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne playing more attacking roles.
Manchester City predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; B. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Sterling, Torres, Mahrez.
Liverpool team news
Thiago Alacantara is a doubt for Liverpool after being unable to train fully this week but Naby Keita and Matip are both likely to be in the squad. Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Van Dijk are all ruled out. Jota should get another chance to shine in the front three while Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum will be in midfield with Curtis Jones.
Liverpool predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Williams, Robertson; Henderson, Jones, Wijnaldum; Salah, Jota, Mané.
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