Preview - Liverpool vs Manchester City 11 November 19

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Match Day 12
Liverpool vs. Manchester City
Monday, November 11th 2019
00:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Liverpool:
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.27
Average goals against per match: 0.82
Top Scorer: Sadio Mané (6)

Manchester City:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 3.09
Average goals against per match: 0.91
Top Scorer: Sergio Agüero (9)

No doubt whatsoever as to what the big game on Match Day 12 in the Premier League is. It comes in the final fixture of the round, as Liverpool play host to Manchester City in what looks set to be a truly titanic tussle. It's the champions of Europe vs the Champions of England in a game not to be missed.


Sitting six points clear of City heading into the game, Liverpool could swing the pendulum firmly in their favour with a win in this one.


Liverpool have had their moments against City in recent seasons, but it was Pep Guardiola's men who edged matters in the league last season - picking up a point courtesy of a goalless draw in this one, and winning 2-1 at the Etihad.


Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are out for Liverpool. City look set to be without Ederson, Aymeric Laporte, Leroy Sané, Rodrigo, Oleksandr Zinchenko and David Silva.


It's a phenomenal run Liverpool are on at home in the League. A perfect five from five here this season, they are unbeaten in their past 36 overall. They have a little surprisingly conceded in all five home games though which will give City cause for optimism.


City's away record is also not to be sniffed at though with eleven wins in their last twelve on the road - hitting two or more goals in ten of those fixtures.

This always looks to have the potential to be a cracker. We see the edge lying with the Reds at present though. Already looking a little dodgy at the back, City won't be helped by the loss of Ederson. They do continue to pack a punch at the other end though and likely won't go down without a fight.


Prediction: Liverpool 3 -2  Manchester City

Harry85

Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots: 12 - 18
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 13
Possession: 45% - 55%


Just the one booking in this one - Rodri of Manchester City being the only player to have his name taken by referee Michael Oliver.


On another day this may have gone another way. Ultimately though Manchester City's continuing frailty at the back - mainly due to missing players - proved to be their undoing against a ruthless Liverpool side. City did play the more attractive football - as they invariably do - but today that wasn't enough.


The opener came in the sixth minute in hugely controversial circumstances. A broken up ball in the Liverpool area clearly striking Trent Alexander-Arnold on the arm, but the referee missing it. Liverpool then broke straight up the pitch and Fabinho thumped a twenty yarder into the left hand side of the goal. Surely VAR would come to City's rescue? No. This is the type of decision which has been given on countless occasions and really highlights the inconsistencies in the new system. Perhaps it was just too much to disallow a Liverpool goal and award City a penalty at Anfield.


Just seven minutes later Liverpool were two to the good. Lovely goal this one. Alexander-Arnold sweeping the ball from right to left to find Andy Robertson. Robertson playing a superb cross into the area to find a racing in Mo Salah to nod home into the left-hand side from around seven or eight yards out on the right.


2-0 at the break.


Six minutes into the second half this really was all over. Jordan Henderson doing really well to create space and send an excellent cross in from the right. Sadio Mané on hand at the back post to head in low to the left. The keeper - who wasn't great overall - getting something on it, but unable to keep it out.


City do usually score and grabbed what turned out to be a consolation in the 78th minute. A cross into the area making its way to Bernardo Silva around 12 yards out to the right and the Portuguese finishing excellently into the bottom right. 3-1 final score.


Liverpool now eight points clear at the top, and the title looks theirs to lose at this stage. City down in fourth.

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