Manchester City Welcome the New Champions

Last updated: July 1, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Thursday, 20:15
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WLWWL
Away Form: WLWDW
Last Meeting: Liverpool 3 – 1 Man City
Competition: EPL

Last year’s Premier League winners will give new champions Liverpool a guard of honour at the Etihad. On the pitch, City will be playing for pride and would love to spoil Liverpool’s title party and reduce the 23-point gap at the top. Klopp will want a champion’s performance from Liverpool; this could be a classic.

Manchester City seems to be living in the shadow of Liverpool as every achievement they make; the Reds are usually a step ahead. Pep Guardiola’s side won the domestic treble last year, but that sweet taste of success was tainted by the fact that Jürgen Klopp’s team won the single trophy that they hungrily lusted for, the Champions League. The 49-year old Spaniard manager is quoted saying it is harder to win the league as you have to be consistent over 38 games than to win the Champions League that can be done by just a single bad game. This year they have themselves chasing the biggest prize in Europe over the seven games having lost what their manager feels is the most valuable competition.

The Citizens have Eight trophies in the last three years is a great achievement, but all being domestic trophies, they need to take a shot for European glory. Two big wins since the restart, 3 – 0 against Arsenal and 5 – 0 thumping of Burnley was shadowed by a 2 – 1 defeat at Stamford Bridge that highlighted huge flaws in the defence. Ironically, the most expensive squad in the world needs to make more reinforcements to strengthen their leaky backline highlighted with injuries and perennial mistakes. They however secured a trip to Wembley in the semi-final of the FA Cup in which they will face Arsenal.

The big news in the camp is Leroy Sane’s departure to Bayern Munich in a deal that could be worth £54.8m. The 24-year-old made 192 appearances and scored 52 goals at his time at City and is set for a 20m Euro a year salary. He was pivotal in helping City win a domestic treble last year but has struggled with injuries this year, playing just eleven minutes in the Premier League.

The red half of Merseyside are ecstatic; Liverpool fans have had a long wait to see their team claim the domestic title. The clinical nature of Liverpool this year has been nothing short of astounding. 28 wins, two draws, and just a single loss shows a return of 92.40% of the total points available.

A few eyebrows were raised when Liverpool raided Southampton for Sadio Mane and paid £34m for the Senegalese international. The deal, however, proved to a masterstroke from the club, with the player producing the goods with a remarkable level of consistency. The African connection with Mohammed Salah is a work of art with the phenomenal Robert Firmino anchoring the forward raids that have proven efficient when needed the most. They have a Champions League, Club World Cup, and now a Premier League trophy to show for it.

They have to wait for the final home game on 18th July against Chelsea, a side that practically won them the league to be handed the trophy. The Reds were knocked out of the Champions League by Athletico Madrid and eliminated from the FA Cup by Chelsea meaning they have nothing more to play for this season other than attempting to break more records.

They have the record for the best start off to a season with 61 points from the first 21 games extended to 79 points from 27 games, the best in all the top five European League. The lead of 25 points at stages this season is the biggest recorded in the English top flight. They are the earliest team to win the league with seven games still to play and have the record for the most home wins (23).

Team News

Man City have won eight trophies in the last three years.

After a season-long knee injury, Sane set to leave Etihad for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich on a deal worth £54.8m.

The points difference is 23 ahead of the Thursday clash a new record that could be extended to 26 if the Reds win.

The Premier League has been added to the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup that have been won in the Klopp era.

Expected Line-Ups:

Man City (4-2-3-1): Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Lapote, Mendy, Rodri, Guendogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, B.Silva, G.Jesus
Subs: Carson, Otamendi, Cancelo, D.Silva, Jesus, Foden, Sterling, Zinchenko, Sane, Mahrez
Injured: Aguero
Doubtful: Garcia
Not available:
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Subs: Adrian, Keita. Minnamino, Origi, Jones, Elliott, Lovren, Henderson, Lallana
Injured: Milner, Shaqiri, Matip, Clyne
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man City This Season Liverpool This Season
2nd League Position 1st
20 (9) Wins (away) 28 (12)
8 – 0 v Watford Biggest Win 4 – 0 v Leicester
3 (1) Draws (away) 2 (2)
1 – 3 v Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0 – 3 v Watford
Aguero (16) Top Goal Scorer Salah (17)
Y54, R4 Discipline Y28, R1
3 Failures to Score 5
39% Clean Sheets 45%
52% Both Teams to Score Games 52%
74% Over 2.5 Goals 68%
26% Under 2.5 Goals 32%
  • Man City has played against Liverpool 47 times, the Reds have been the alpha team with 23 wins compared to 8 City’s victories, and 16 draws between them.
  • Liverpool has lost twice in the last seven games against Pep’s side the most notable is losing against them in a penalty shoot-out Community Shield.
  • Salah is the highest-profile player on the pitch with 17 goals, while De Bruyne, who has created 16 assists, will be City’s most dangerous man going forward with Aguero (16 goals) side-lined.
  • The hosts have scored an average of 2.48 goals per game while creating 2.77 chances per match compared to the visitor’s 2.26 goal average while creating 2.39 opportunities per game.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
10/11/2019 EPL Liverpool 3 – 1 Man City Fabinho 6’
04/08/2019 Community Shield Liverpool 1 – 1 Man City Sterling 12’
03/01/2019 EPL Man City 2 – 1 Liverpool Aguero 40′
07/10/2018 EPL Liverpool 0 – 0 Man City
10/04/2018 CL Man City 1 – 2 Liverpool Jesus 2’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Chelsea’s victory over City to hand Liverpool the title has taken the gloss off this fixture somewhat. However, it still should be a fascinating clash between the two dominant teams in the Premier League.

City has an eight-point gap over Leicester and needs two more wins to guarantee a top-four finish and possibly secure Champions League football depending on their appeal against their European ban. Liverpool will want to celebrate becoming champions in style, and what better way to do that than by beating your nearest challenger?

This game is a tough one to call and could go either way with incredible players on both sides. It is for this reason that we believe this game will end in a draw. We are going for 2-2 which is available @ 12/1 with bet365. It’s worth remembering that the bookmaker offers a bore-draw guarantee, so if the game finishes 0-0, you’ll receive your stake back.