2019-20 Premier League – Man City vs Liverpool Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does Man City vs Liverpool kick off? Thursday 2nd July, 2020 – 20:15 (UK)

Where is Man City vs Liverpool being played? Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Where can I get tickets for Man City vs Liverpool? No tickets are available as this match will be played behind closed doors

What TV channel is Man City vs Liverpool on in the UK? Sky Sports

Where can I stream Man City vs Liverpool in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

MAN CITY

  • Man City responded well to the defeat by Chelsea which saw Liverpool seal the title by easing past Newcastle in the FA Cup on Sunday to move into the semi-finals of that competition.
  • Pep Guardiola will prioritise the cup competitions now as they still have a chance of sealing a treble and it will be interesting to see what kind of line-up he fields here as he could decide to rotate his squad further once again and not start some of his key men.
  • Fernandinho and Aguero are the definite absentees, but with five days since the last match, there may be less need to rest some of key players but the likes of Joao Cancelo, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Foden and Rodri could feature.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, David Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

Unavailable: Aguero (Injured), Fernandinho (Suspended)

Doubtful: Garcia (Injured)

LIVERPOOL

  • ● This will be Liverpool’s first match since sealing the Premier League title for the first time in 30 years and they have had more than a week since their last game having been knocked out of the FA Cup in an earlier round so they will be well rested ahead of this match.
  • ● They were particularly impressive in their last match against Crystal Palace where they tore Roy Hodgson’s usually solid team apart, and they will look to continue that form here against second-placed City.
  • ● Jurgen Klopp may contemplate some changes but there is ultimately no need for him to do so and they will be keen to put a marker down once again which means their strongest eleven are likely to play although Gomez or Lovren will start in defence as Matip has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Unavailable: Clyne (Injured), Shaqiri (Injured), Milner (Injured), Matip (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE KEY STATS

  • Man City have won 6 and drawn 1 of their last 7 home league matches
  • Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 home league matches
  • Man City have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home league matches
  • Man City have only failed to score in 1 of their last 35 home league matches
  • Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 home league matches
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Man City's last 11 home league games
  • Kevin De Bruyne has scored in 3 of Man City’s last 4 matches in all competitions
  • Liverpool have lost only 1 of their last 48 league matches
  • Liverpool have won 35 of their last 38 league matches
  • Liverpool have failed to score in their last 2 away league matches
  • Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 away league matches
  • Both teams have scored in 5 of the last 6 meetings between Man City and Liverpool in all competitions

THE PREDICTION

There are so many unknowns coming into this game between the top two with nothing on the line now that Liverpool have won the title and City are pretty much safe in second. Knowing the personalities of both coaches, neither will want to lose this game so strong line-ups are expected. City will be confident at home where they have a phenomenal record but Liverpool will also fancy their chances of causing damage on the counter-attack with their front trio. If City’s game with Chelsea last week is anything to go by, they will likely go out to enjoy themselves and play with freedom which should make for an entertaining game with plenty of goals at both ends of the pitch.

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