Preview - Manchester City vs Liverpool 04 January 19

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Match Day 21
Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Friday, January 4th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Etihad Stadium

Manchester City: 
Last five matches form: L W L L W
Average goals per match: 2.70
Average goals against per match: 0.80
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero & Raheem Sterling (9)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.40
Average goals against per match: 0.40
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (13)

No doubt about the big game on Match Day 21 in the Premier League. This is simply one of the biggest games of the season full stop, as defending champions Manchester City play host to big challengers - and current league leaders - Liverpool. When it comes to the Premier League, it doesn't get much better than this.

City smashed Liverpool 5-0 in this game last season. The Red's did gain their revenge subsequently though, beating City once in the league, twice in the Champion's League and once in the International Champions Cup. It was City who were the better side in the goalless draw at Anfield earlier this season though, being only a late missed penalty away from picking up all three points.

Claudio Bravo, Eliaquim Mangala and Benjamin Mendy are out injured for City for whom Fabian Delph is suspended. James Milner, Joseph Gomez, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are the Liverpool absentees.

City have won nine of ten at home this season. That sole defeat did come in their latest game here though when going down 3-2 to Crystal Palace. They have scored two or more goals in all ten of those games.

Liverpool have been mightily impressive away from home and arrive here with eight wins and two draws from their ten games on the road to date. Chelsea and Arsenal are the only sides to take a point from Liverpool in their away games this season.

Liverpool are playing the more solid all round football of these two at present and did hold the edge over City overall last season. This will be the biggest threat to Liverpool's unbeaten record to date, but we fancy they may well be up to the job.

Prediction: Manchester City 2 - 3 Liverpool


Half time:  1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  8 - 4
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 1
Possession: 53% - 47%

Vincent Kompany, Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva and Ederson were booked for City in this one, with referee Anthony Taylor also taking the names of Dejan Lovren and Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool.

Manchester City really did need to win this one, and in the end they did, and deservedly so. This was a tense encounter throughout, as one would expect of a game which has become one of the biggest of the Premier League season. It was City who showed the greater quality and intent though, as Liverpool were more content than usual to attempt to hit on the break. Liverpool did have their share of possession, but it was largely in harmless areas.

Liverpool did have the first really big chance of the game though. Brilliant move through midfield ending with Sadio Mané through on goal inside the area. Mané finished across the keeper but it came back off the inside of the post, before being smashed off his own keeper by John Stones and seeming certain to go in. Stones getting back brilliantly though to clear from just off the line.

The opener came in the 40th minute as Sergio Agüero produced a finish of the highest quality. Receiving the ball from the left-hand side, his first touch was immaculate to take him around Dejan Lovren, but the angle still looked all but impossible. Undeterred, Agüero smashed high into the roof of the net. 1-0 at the break.

Liverpool introduced Fabinho whose influence did enable the Red's to gain more of a stranglehold on midfield. Then in the 64th minute they were back on level terms. Trent Alexander-Arnold driving a ball to beyond the far post to be met by fellow full back Andrew Robertson to volley first time back across goal. Roberto Firmino the man arriving to nod home from close range.

City were back on the front foot though and grabbed the winner in the 72nd minute. Raheem Sterling bursting forward and setting Leroy Sané free in the left of the area. Excellent finish from the German into the bottom right corner and in off the post. 2-1 final score.

Liverpool still lead the Premier League and have their fate in their own hands being four points clear of second placed Manchester City.

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