Liverpool, Man City set for top-of-the-table battle


Liverpool and Manchester City will meet in the pick of this weekend’s Premier League’s matches, with their top-of-the-table battle set for Anfield on Sunday, 7 October 2018, kick-off at 17h30 CAT.

Liverpool come into the game having dropped points in the Premier League for the first time this season, as they were held 1-1 away to Chelsea in a fantastic encounter last weekend. The Blues claimed the lead through Eden Hazard, but the Reds salvaged a share of the spoils with a superb goal late in the game from substitute Daniel Sturridge.

The result may have broken Liverpool’s winning streak in the Premier League (and allowed Manchester City to leapfrog them into first place on the log), but manager Jurgen Klopp will surely have been satisfied with taking a point from Stamford Bridge against a fellow title rival.

Man City come into the clash on the back of a 2-0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion in their last Premier League outing (thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero). The Citizens have won four on the bounce in England’s top flight and continue to be the favourites for the title.

Pep Guardiola’s side will be without the injured Kevin De Bruyne for this clash, but Bernardo Silva has done a fine job in replacing the Belgian playmaker, while the likes of Sterling, Aguero, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez give the team in light blue arguably the most potent forward options in the league.

Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah would argue that claim, but the stuttering form of the Egyptian – who was so prolific last season and appears to be struggling under the weight of expectation – remains a concern.

Liverpool v Man City – Head-to-Head, Premier League

In head-to-head stats, ‘Pool and City have met in 42 Premier League matches, with the Reds claiming 19 wins compared to eight for the Citizens. Last season the teams’ two league meetings produced 12 goals: City hammered Liverpool 5-0 in the first half of the campaign, but the Reds claimed a 4-3 revenge in the return game and became the first team to beat Guardiola’s charges.

Matches played 42
Liverpool wins 19
Man City wins 8
Draws 15

Last five results – Premier League

Liverpool D W W W W
Man City W W W W D