The title rivals head into Sunday’s contest sitting five points and nine places apart in the table, with defending champions Liverpool riding a six-game undefeated streak and back on top following successive wins over Sheffield United and West Ham.
City, meanwhile, languish in mid-table after a frustrating opening to the 2020/21 season by their high standards, though Pep Guardiola’s side are on a run of three consecutive victories across all competitions and unbeaten in their last eight.
Neither side was troubled in the Champions League in midweek, with Atalanta and Olympiacos both put to the sword with no fuss in the warm-up for this enticing main event.
Manchester City vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 4:30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
The match will be played behind closed doors at Etihad Stadium due to Government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
TV channel: The match will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99, or a three-month pass on offer for £25.
City remain without Sergio Aguero due to a hamstring injury, though Gabriel Jesus returned and scored in Tuesday’s win over Olympiacos.
Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho also remain absent for the hosts.
As for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that key summer signing Thiago Alcantara will miss out again this weekend though injury.
Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas all returned to the squad in midweek, while in-form Diogo Jota has not missed training after a knock.
Fabinho (thigh) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) are making good progress in their respective injury recoveries, though both remain out of action along with Virgil van Dijk, who is likely to miss the rest of the season.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool
Neither of these giants started the season well, though have both largely recovered now, albeit with Liverpool in a far more commanding position at the summit.
The Reds’ away form isn’t great over the last 10 games or so, while their record at the Etihad has been positively miserable of late.
A draw seems a likely outcome here, hopefully featuring no shortage of goals and entertainment.
City shackling Jota – who has six goals in four matches after his treble in Bergamo – is likely to be crucial to their chances of achieving a positive result.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
These two clubs have met on 46 previous occasions in the Premier League, with Liverpool boasting 20 wins to City’s 10. There have been 16 draws.
Liverpool were thumped 4-0 at the Etihad in July, but beat City 3-1 on home soil at Anfield in November 2019.
- Man City win – Evens
- Liverpool win – 11/5
- Draw – 16/5
Odds (subject to change) courtesy of Betfair Exchange.
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