It was midweek Monaco misery for Pep Guardiola and his Man City charges, after a 3-1 defeat dumped them out of the Champions League, but with domestic success now their only concentration for the season, they will be desperate to get 3 points this weekend.
Standing in their way is a Liverpool side with 7 days rest and back-to-back wins under their belt. Jürgen Klopp’s impressive record against the Premier League’s strongest has been much discussed, but can he mastermind another big win at the Etihad Stadium?
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Our Ultimate Form Guide (above) suggests that’s highly unlikely, with City coming out on top in 12 out of 15 key statistical areas. Liverpool fail to top their hosts in a single one, suggesting it could be a very long 90 minutes for them indeed.
Defensively the two sides’ records aren’t worlds apart, with averages of 0.8 and 1.4 goals against respectively. Both have had much publicised goalkeeping issues this year, but it’s City’s men who are performing better with a conversion rate against of just 13%.
In attack, however, there has been a real chasm in recent form. City are averaging a full 1 goal per game more than their visitors, and are taking half as many shots to find the back of the net.
With a stronger defense and more potent finishers, all indicators point towards one side here. It wouldn’t be the first time Klopp’s side has defied the odds, but City really do look like the team to back.
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