Manchester City vs Liverpool will undoubtedly be the biggest fixture of match week eight as the two giants of the league clash on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium. While defending champions Liverpool have steadied their mast after a tumultuous start to their campaign, as they sit second in the points table, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are reeling at the tenth position.
This will be the 216th Manchester City vs Liverpool face-off across all competitions and Liverpool have always dominated the fixture quite comprehensively. They have won 105 of the previous 215 matches, losing only 57 times. However, the last encounter between the two ended in a one-sided 4-0 win for Manchester City at the Etihad.
With their UEFA Champions League campaign last season running deep, Manchester City came into the new season with little pre-season and break for their players and the effect is for everyone to see. While City have registered wins against Arsenal, Wolves, Burnley, and Sheffield United, they have been beaten 5-2 by Leicester while Leeds United and West Ham United have held them to draws. Manager Pep Guardiola comes to the high-octane clash without star players Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy.
The road has been bumpy and injury-plagued for Liverpool as well, with the Reds seeing a shocking 2-7 loss away to Aston Villa early in the season and getting held 2-2 by rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby. Their erratic form has been further compounded by the long-term injury of star defender Virgil Van Dijk. Apart from the Dutch enforcer, manager Jurgen Klopp will also be without defensive midfielder Fabinho and star import Thiago Alacantara. The return of veteran defender Joel Matip, however, will be a boost.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Rodri; Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane
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