Manchester City vs Liverpool: Premier League preview and predictions


anchester City this lunchtime return to Premier League action following the international break with what has historically been one of their most difficult tasks.

While rivals Liverpool are not the force of last season, any meeting between the two teams who have dominated the title scene in recent years is a huge affair.

Jurgen Klopp’s side may well be enduring a difficult time of things but beat Pep Guardiola’s men back in October and have stepped up in big games, such as beating Manchester United 7-0.


City have also shown signs of fatigue somewhat, albeit not to the extent of Liverpool. The champions trail Arsenal by eight points after a slightly more inconsistent campaign than in recent years.

Still, they went into the international break having put seven goals past RB Leipzig before beating Burnley 6-0 in the FA Cup. That feels ominous and City certainly are capable of going on lengthy winning runs.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Manchester City vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 12.30pm BST kick-off time today, Saturday, April 1, 2023.

The Etihad Stadium in Manchester will host.

Where to watch Man City vs Liverpool

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting at 11.30am.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game on a live stream via the BT Sport website or app.

Live blog: Follow all of the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.

Man City vs Liverpool team news

A decision is still to be made on Erling Haaland, with Guardiola confirming the Norway international would need Friday’s training session before a conclusion can be drawn.

Phil Foden will around two weeks of action after undergoing surgery for appendicitis.

Hopeful: Guardiola did not rule Haaland out of the game

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For Liverpool, Naby Keita has been ruled out but Darwin Nunez is in contention. Thiago Alcantara and Joe Gomez are making good progress on their returns.

The game will come too soon for Luis Diaz, however, but Klopp confirmed the winger is in the “final stages” of his recovery.

Man City vs Liverpool prediction

Liverpool have stepped up in some of the bigger games this season but City looked to be hitting ominous form before the break. If Haaland plays, Klopp’s leaky defence surely do not have enough to stop him at the Etihad.

Man City to win 2-1.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Manchester City wins: 59

Draws: 56

Liverpool wins: 108

Man City vs Liverpool match odds

Manchester City to win: 8/13

Draw: 31/10

Liverpool to win: 4/1

Odds via Betfair and subject to change.

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