The biggest matchup in the English Premier League this weekend is between Manchester City and fellow top-five club Liverpool as they meet at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on Sunday, March 19th. Both clubs have a slim chance at the title and are jockeying for position for a top-four finish and a berth in next season’s European Champions League. Man City is coming off of a 3-1 loss in Monaco in the champions League on Wednesday while Liverpool downed Burnley 2-1 at home at Anfield on league action last weekend.
Manchester City vs Liverpool – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Man City as the favorites to win the game at 1/1 with Liverpool 3/1 and a draw at 5/2
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Manchester City vs Liverpool – Head to Head:
- The two clubs met at Anfield on New Year’s Eve with Liverpool winning 1-0. Liverpool also won both league outings last season with a 3-0 victory at home and a 4-1 triumph in Manchester. The sides also met in the League Cup Final last season with Man City winning in a penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw. The teams have met 205 times in the past with Liverpool winning 101, losing 53 and drawing the other 51. Liverpool has won five of the past seven meetings, but also just five of the last 11 along with three draws and three defeats. The teams haven’t drawn in the last eight encounters, other than the League Cup Final.
Manchester City – A Closer Look:
Manchester City enters the weekend with four wins, a draw and a loss in their past six games in all competitions and are now out of the Champions League after going unbeaten in their previous 11. City is tied on 56 points with second-place Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, but sits in third place due to an inferior goal differential. They’re 10 points back of league-leading Chelsea with 17 wins, five draws and five defeats with 53 goals for and 29 against.
City is a point ahead of fourth-place Liverpool with a game in hand and is six points in front of fifth-place Arsenal with the Gunners having a game in hand on them. City has six wins, two draws and two losses in their past 10 league games with 17 goals for and nine against. They have seven wins at home along with five draws and a defeat with 23 goals scored and 13 conceded. Manager Pep Guardiola should have skipper Vincent Kompany back in the squad, but forward Gabriel Jesus and midfielder Ilkay Gundogan have long-term injuries.
Liverpool – A Closer Look:
The Reds’ chances of winning the title are almost non-existent at this point, but they have a realistic shot at a top-four finish and a berth in next season’s European Champions League. They enter the weekend in fourth spot in the league, 11 points back of Chelsea with the league leaders having a game in hand. They’re also one points behind Tottenham and Man City with both of those clubs having a game in hand on Liverpool. They’re also five points ahead of Arsenal with the Gunners having two games in hand. Liverpool has 55 points on the campaign from 16 wins, seven draws and five losses with a league-best 60 goals scored and 35 against.
They’ve won just four of their past 14 games in all competitions though along with six losses and four draws. However, they’ve lost only seven of their past 32 matches in all competitions. Liverpool has six wins, four draws and four defeats away from home this season with 24 goals scored and 22 allowed. They have has four wins, three draws and three losses with 15 goals scored and 14 allowed in their past 10 league outings. Manager Jurgen Klopp has a several injury problems to deal with as midfielders Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, and Marko Grujic are doubtful along with striker Daniel Sturridge. In addition, striker Danny Ings and goaltender Adam Bogdan are out for the season.
Manchester City vs Liverpool – Takeaway:
This is basically a must-win game for both teams as they make a last-gasp attempt at trying to catch Chelsea.
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