Manchester City – Liverpool: An absolutely huge early-season clash takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Watch live, 11:30am ET online via Peacock) as the two title contenders collide.
Both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have had struggles early in the season with injuries and heavy defeats, but they are starting to see their teams click through the gears and we look set for another two-horse title race.
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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a massive early-season clash as Manchester City want to prove they are fully back on track, while Liverpool aim to kick on after steadying the ship following the serious injury to Virgil van Dijk.
Team news (INJURY REPORT)
Manchester City will be without Sergio Aguero as Guardiola confirmed City’s all-time leading goalscorer has almost recovered from injury but this game has come too soon. Gabriel Jesus made his comeback in the Champions League in midweek, but City are still without Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho. Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias start at center back after being rested in midweek.
Liverpool continue to have injury issues defensively with Virgil van Dijk out, and Jurgen Klopp has opted for Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Elsewhere, Roberto Firmino and red-hot Diogo Jota both start for Liverpool.
The boys going into battle! 💪
XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Torres, Sterling, Jesus
SUBS | Steffen, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Bernardo, Foden, Garcia
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 8, 2020
🔴 TEAM NEWS 🔴
The Reds to face @ManCity 👊
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 8, 2020
What they’re saying ahead of Manchester City – Liverpool
Pep Guardiola on Gabriel Jesus being back fit: “It was important, of course, the fact he’s back. It’s good news, especially for the striker to score a brilliant goal. I’m delighted with most of the game [against Olympiacos] and happy that Gabriel is back.”
Jurgen Klopp on the importance of Firmino, and Jota’s form: “Good performances never give me a headache. That was the decision tonight, it made sense to use the shape Diogo was in, and because of the way Atalanta plays and defends, it made sense that the skillset of Diogo helps. But the world is sometimes really in a bad place when the moment someone’s shining, we speak immediately about another player who had played what feels like 500 games in a row. We would not even be in the Champions League if Bobby Firmino wasn’t with us, and immediately I have to explain why he’s not in the team. He will be in the team.”
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Manchester City (-105) are the favorites, while Liverpool (+235) seem like an extremely high price. The draw is +300.
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Manchester City – Liverpool prediction
This is going to be so close, and so entertaining. It is all about one thing: which defense can perform better? Liverpool have been more clinical this season, while Man City have missed lots of chances. That said, I like the look of Laporte and Dias together at center back and think City can halt Liverpool’s attack. Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool.
How to watch Manchester City – Liverpool stream and start time
Kickoff: 11:30am ET Sunday
TV Channel: Peacock
Online: Stream via Peacock