Both teams to score, 4/7
Man City team goals over 1.5, 8/11
A goal in both halves, 4/7
Despite their recent Champions League elimination, Manchester City have been in good form recently and it is based on the interesting formation Pep Guardiola has formulated. The Spaniard plays with two hybrid number 10’s in David Silva & Kevin De Bryune. In defence they drop back to assist Yaya Toure but going forward they both occupy the number 10 space making it difficult for a sole holding midfielder to pick them both up. The full backs push high up to allow the wingers with more freedom to find themselves 1v1 against the opposition full backs. It is highly attacking but also comes with the same amount of risk as their games against Monaco have shown.
Liverpool, coming off the back of a hard-fought victory over Burnley, seem to have overcome the issues they experienced at the start of the year. Jurgen Klopp’s side are making a final push for a top 4 spot. With the Henderson injured and Phillippe Coutinho out of form, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum have stepped up. Since moving into central midfield, Lallana has been a revelation and has easily been one of Liverpool’s key performers this season. Wijnaldum has had less of an impact but has popped up with important goals in the last two matches. He is yet to score away from home during his time in England, but Klopp will be hoping that will change at the Etihad.
Liverpool have enjoyed fixtures against other members of the top 6 as they remain unbeaten against those sides. City, however, have not had it all their own way only being able to beat United and Arsenal in this mini league. This is a big game for Manchester City. They have been in good form in the league against smaller teams and a victory here will give them the confidence to end the season strongly.
Gabriel Jesus remains out injured for City while Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge miss out for Liverpool while Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino are major doubts.
Raheem Sterling will relish a match against his former club. After leaving unceremoniously, Sterling has yet to score against Liverpool during his time at City. The England international has been in good form this season and is a constant source of creation. Even if he doesn’t score, he generally has an impact in matches this season.
With Jordan Henderson out, Emre Can will be called upon to provide a solid base where Liverpool can start attacks. He was signed potentially as the heir to Steven Gerrard but injuries and form have prevented that from happening thus far. If Liverpool are to do the double over City, Can will need to have a good game to provide Liverpool the same performance Henderson has put in this season.
This will be the game Liverpool’s top 6 form comes to an end. The absence of Henderson will be too much against City’s attacking midfielders. This game will be different to the game at Anfield as there is likely to be more goals in this match but City will have too much firepower this time around to outscore Liverpool on this occasion.