By Ian S. Palmer
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Liverpool will be visiting Manchester City this Saturday, November 21 at the Etihad Stadium in the English Premier League’s biggest attraction of the weekend. The Reds recently lost their first match under new manager Jurgen Klopp as Crystal Palace beat them 2-1 at Anfield the last time out. They’ll be hoping to bounce back against Man City, but it won’t be an easy task taking all three points against the league’s co-leaders. Klopp is expecting English international striker Daniel Sturridge to return from injury for this match.
Manchester City vs Liverpool – bet365 Soccer BETTING LINE:
- bet365 currently lists Man City as the favorites at 8/13 with Liverpool 9/2 and a draw at 3/1
Manchester City vs Liverpool – Head to Head
- Overall, these two sides have met 201 times in the past with Liverpool winning 98, losing 52 and drawing the other 51. City won 3-1 at home last season while Liverpool took a 2-1 decision at Anfield. Each team has won three, lost three and drawn four against each other in their past 10 encounters in all competitions. Man City’s last triumph at Anfield was a 2-1 win in May of 2013 while Liverpool last won at Man City in January of 2012 in a League Cup clash. Man City has four wins and two draws in their past six league games at home against Liverpool.
Liverpool enters the weekend in 10th place in the 20-team league with 17 points from four wins, five draws and three losses. They’ve scored 13 goals and allowed 14 against. Man City and Arsenal share first place in the table with 26 points each, but City has a better goal differential. They have eight victories, two draws and a pair of defeats on the season and have scored a league-high 26 times and conceded a second-lowest nine against. City will definitely be battling it out for the Premier League title this campaign while Liverpool will be happy to finish in the top four and earn a berth in the 2016/17 European Champions League competition.
One of the big stories surrounding this match is Raheem Sterling’s return to Anfield. The 20-year-old English international forward more or less forced Liverpool to sell him to Man City during the summer transfer window and he should expect to be booed mercilessly upon his return to Anfield. Both clubs have injuries to deal with as City just found out that French midfielder Samir Nasri will be out for up to three months with an injury. They’re already missing Spanish international midfielder David Silva, but it looks like Argentine international striker Sergio Aguero may return in time for this match. Silva could possibly join him. Liverpool is expected to be without captain Jordan Henderson, John Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Sakho, and Danny Ings, who’s out for the season.
Liverpool has just one defeat in their last half dozen road trips with two wins and three draws to go with it. Man City leads the league in shots on target with 83 this season while Liverpool is dead last at goal conversion rate at just 10.5 per cent. City is also one of the best defensive sides as they’ve allowed a league-low 28 shots on net against and lead the league in clean sheets. City is unbeaten in their past five league outings and are 5-1 at home this season. Liverpool has just one loss in their past seven league matches, but just two wins as the rest were draws.