This is undoubtedly the pick of the weekend games, as both of these top flight giants are pitted against each other in the prime slot on Sunday afternoon. Even though Liverpool are no longer regarded as serious title contenders, Manchester City will approach this clash with considerable caution considering the huge home advantage that the Reds possess.
It would be fair to say that there has been plenty of optimism at Anfield this season, with Liverpool supporters hoping that their fortunes could change after experiencing such a dismal campaign last term. However, despite those early signs, Brendan Rodgers’ Reds career got off to the worst possible start following a 3-0 defeat to West Brom last weekend. That loss has given the Reds a terrible start and with current champions City set to visit Anfield, the omens for Rodgers certainly don’t look good. Admittedly, Liverpool did manage to beat Hearts in the Europa League on Thursday, but after relying on a late own goal it was by no means a convincing performance and fans are desperate to see an improvement over the next few weeks.
City on the other hand started the campaign with a positive result, after beating newly-promoted Southampton 3-2 last week. However, despite the three points, the club were hardly convincing and actually found themselves behind towards the late stages of the game. The team’s quality did show through in the end, but Roberto Mancini will have been hoping for a more comprehensive start due to the home advantage that City held. Nevertheless, supporters of the Etihad Stadium will be confident for this game, after City conceded just seventeen goals away from home throughout the whole 2011/12 campaign. With that being said, the club have won their last three games by a 3-2 score line and considering the nature of their opponents, they could be set for another tight encounter.
As for team news, Brendan Rodgers is expected to ring the changes after resting several players for the Europa League game against Hearts. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and Luis Suarez are all likely to be included, although Rodgers won’t be able to rely on Daniel Agger following his red card last week. Manchester City on the other hand look set to be without one of their most influential players, as Sergio Aguero continues to feel the effects of the challenge that prematurely ended his game against Southampton last week. In other news, Mancini also won’t be able to rely on Gareth Barry and Micah Richards as the duo continue to struggle with injury.
As for a prediction, our tip is going to be more misery for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool. Even though City may have struggled last week, Mancini’s men are still much stronger on paper than their opponents and our tip will be a 2-1 victory for the visitors.