Manchester City vs Liverpool: Preview & Betting Prediction

The managers of the other 18 Premier League clubs can only gape at the quality of football on show whenever Manchester City and Liverpool play, aware of the gulf between their clubs and both contenders.

On Saturday, it will be no different as the two teams meet for the third time this season. They will battle for a place in the FA Cup final, with each club still in the running to win at least three trophies.

Can Liverpool win to keep their hopes of an unprecedented quadruple alive? Can Manchester City qualify and continue their recent good form over their biggest rivals?

Read on below for our pre-match analysis of this fixture!

Manchester City vs Liverpool H2H
Both sides have now faced each other 52 times already. As expected given their overall history, Liverpool have been dominant. The Merseyside giants have won 23 times compared to City’s 10 wins, both sides have also split the points 19 times.

Their recent history is skewed in the home side’s favor, however. In their last five games, Manchester City have won twice and Liverpool, none. Three games have ended in a draw between them, including the last two H2H fixtures.

On the English Premier League table, Manchester City, with 74 points from 31 games, are a point and a place ahead of Liverpool.

Form Guide
Manchester City have won three and drawn two of their last five games.
(Form: D-D-W-W-W).

Liverpool have an identical record over that period with three wins and two draws in the exact order as Manchester City. (Form: D-D-W-W-W).

Manchester City vs Liverpool Team News
Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker went off injured against Atlético Madrid and might both miss this fixture. The loss of the Belgian midfielder’s 11 goals, 22 chances and 2.6 key passes/game will displease Pep Guardiola. To soften the blow of losing De Bruyne, first-choice centre-back, Ruben Dias is back in the Manchester City squad after recovering from an injury.

Expected Manchester City Lineup: Ederson, João Cancelo, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, İlkay Gündoğan, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden.

Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah are nursing slight knocks and might both miss the game. Rumors from the Liverpool camp state that Salah will be fit, which will be welcome news to Jurgen Klopp, if true.

Expected Liverpool lineup: Alisson, Trent-Alexander Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz.

Manchester City vs Liverpool Prediction
The prospective absences of Kevin de Bruyne and Kyle Walker will concern Pep Guardiola greatly. The Belgian midfielder stands out, even among Manchester City’s best players and Walker makes it easy for the City backline to push high, safe in the knowledge that the English defender’s blistering pace can save them from the sort of difficult situations that the Liverpool players pose.

If both City players are absent, we predict a Liverpool away win.

The two teams have both scored in 7 out of their last 8 games. Both teams to score is another bet betting experts are talking about.

Over 1.5 goals, over 3.5 cards are also likely outcomes in this fixture.

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Author: Clayton Kuhn