First plays second at Anfield on Sunday, as Manchester City face Liverpool. Nobody will need reminding what this fixture produced last season so, hopefully, we’re in for more of the same. Pep Guardiola will be eager to avenge not only that defeat, but also the brutal exit in the Champions League.
• Naby Keita is unlikely to feature after suffering a back injury in Naples. Hospital tests confirmed it not to be serious, but Keita is unlikely to be risked here.
• Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain unavailable.
• Kevin De Bruyne has returned to first-team training for Manchester City, but likely won’t feature until after the international break.
• Ilkay Gündoğan suffered a hamstring strain against Hoffenheim and is out.
• Liverpool have not lost any of their last 24 home games.
• Liverpool have also not conceded in any of their last 8 games at Anfield.
• They’re also protecting a proud home record against Manchester City, having not lost any of the previous eighteen encounters across all competitions.
• Manchester City have won eight of their last nine away games.
• Liverpool have scored at least twice in each of the last four games they’ve played against City.
• Sadio Mane is Jurgen Klopp’s top-scorer, returning four goals from his seven appearances.
• Three Liverpool players have each provided two Premier League assists: James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Andrew Robertson.
• Mohamed Salah is averaging Liverpool’s most shots per game (4.1).
• Sergio Aguero is Guardiola top-scorer, with five from his seven appearances.
• Aguero is also averaging 5.4 shots per game, a team-high.
• Benjamin Mendy leads the team with four assists (from just four appearances).
• Manchester City are averaging more possession per game than any other side in the Premier League (67.3%).
• They are also averaging almost seven more shots per game than anyone else in the division (24.3).
• Finally, they’re also the most accurate passers in the league (90.4%).
• These two teams, as well as being placed first and second, have also allowed the fewest shots per game this season: Manchester City (6.1), Liverpool (8.4).
Both teams to score – Yes: 4/9
Sergio Aguero to score at any time: 11/8
Manchester City to win: 7/4
The above bets as a #BrightBundle: 9/2
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