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Matchday 8 presents one of the biggest matches of the Premier League season as league leaders Liverpool make the short trip to Manchester to play Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The rivals will meet on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad in a massive six-point affair. If Liverpool can claim a second straight victory in the league, they can extend their lead over the Cityzens to eight points. If Manchester City win, they will decrease Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to two.

Manchester City may be five points off of Liverpool as it stands, but they have a game in hand. The two rivals are expected to fight for the title down to the wire in the league regardless of the current points total.

According to leading sportsbooks, Manchester City are the favourites to win the league title in spite of sitting in 10th place ahead of matchday 8. The Cityzens are 11/8 to win the league while Liverpool are 2/1, the second-favourite to win the division.

Both clubs are coming off of midweek wins in the Champions League. Manchester City won 3-0 against Olympiacos at home thank to goals from Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, and Joao Cancelo. Two of their three goals came in the final nine minutes. Liverpool smashed Serie A’s Atalanta 5-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Diogo Jota. Sunday’s game is a massive fixture and the winner will be seen as the frontrunner for the Premier League title.

Manchester City vs Liverpool Betting Odds

The last time Liverpool went to the Etihad Stadium, they were smashed by Manchester City 4-0. The Cityzens were up 3-0 at halftime as Liverpool were well off the pace. The game should be taken with a grain of salt. Why? Liverpool won the league title earlier in the week and looked like they had celebrated every day since. Their game at Anfield earlier in the season saw the Red claim a 3-1 victory in a thriller.

Liverpool are unbeaten in seven of their last 10 games against Manchester City in all competitions. Five of those games finished in wins for the Reds. But just two of those wins were in the Premier League. The Reds are in good form, however, a draw on Sunday would suit them far more than it would Guardiola’s team.

Manchester City have played two matches at the Etihad Stadium this season. They have taken three points from six possible, conceding five times. Their loss came at the hands of Leicester City, who came from behind to win 5-2. Manchester City gave away three penalties in the match.

Liverpool have taken just four points from nine away from Anfield. They are –3 in goal difference away from home having conceded nine times and scoring six goals.

Manchester City vs Liverpool Team News

By now, everyone knows that Jurgen Klopp has injury issues in defence. Virgil van Dijk is out indefinitely. Klopp has three options in central defence. Joel Matip, Nat Phillips, and Rhys Williams are all available to play. Matip is a proven central defender while Phillips played well versus West Ham last weekend. Williams has looked fantastic in the Champions League.

Klopp has a big decision with Roberto Firmino. He is not in form and has been showing signs of decreasing in importance over the last 18 months. Diogo Jota started with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in midweek. All three scored and Jota had a hat-trick. Klopp should start the three players together. Fabinho is ruled out but Thiago Alcantara could return to the team.

Guardiola is without striker Sergio Aguero until after the November international break. Gabriel Jesus returned in midweek and scored against Olympiacos. He could start in attack, but Guardiola may start Ferran Torres instead. He is in good form with three goals in three Champions League games. He is yet to score in the league.

Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy are both ruled out of the game. Guardiola could play Oleksandr Zinchenko at full-back along with Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias in central defence.

Manchester City vs Liverpool Prediction

Both teams to score - BET NOW

Throw out last season’s 4-0 win for Manchester City. That game was not the norm rather it was an exception. Six of the last 10 games in all competitions saw both teams score goals. Noth only do both teams have strong attacking player, but both have shown an ability to concede goals to opponents this season. Five straight Liverpool games in all competitions ended with both teams scoring goals. Four of the last six Manchester city games saw both teams score. If they concede goals, they typically drop points.

Diogo Jota to score anytime - BET NOW

Diogo Jota has scored in four straight games. He is carrying a knock but Klopp will do everything to play the Portuguese player this week. Jota has seven goals in 10 games in all competitions this season for Liverpool. His play has pushed Firmino out of the side. Of course, Klopp could start Firmino instead of Jota due to being in these high-charged games previously.

Over 2.5 goals scored - BET NOW

A nil-nil result will not occur on Sunday and it is unlikely under 2.5 goals will be scored with the firepower on the pitch at the Etihad Stadium. Eight of the last 10 games between the two teams in all competitions finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Both sides are coming off of Champions League wins in midweek. Manchester City won 3-0 against Olympiacos and Liverpool smashed Atalanta 5-0 in Bergamo.

It is arguable that Liverpool’s defence has been better without Van Dijk in the team. Although Joe Gomez is an accident waiting to happen, the reliance on Van Dijk to do everything has gone. Can Liverpool’s patched up central defence stop Manchester City, however?

The Reds won’t get beaten 4-0 at the Etihad again. However, their last two league trips there have ended in losses. A draw will be a favourable result for Liverpool, far more than for Manchester City. If they can get a score draw, it should be seen as a victory.

Sunday’s game should end in a Manchester City win or score draw. This game will be closer than last season’s fixture at the Etihad.

Man City vs Liverpool Betting Tips