Football Predictions – Match big enough exciting match will be presented in Matchday 4 Premier League when Manchester City host Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on Saturday (09/09).
This match is certainly interesting, considering both are two teams of candidates this season. This match does not determine who will be the champion at the end of the season, but still has significance because the result can make them stick tightly Manchester United in the first position standings.
What is also interesting listening is a tactical match plus a tie between Josep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, who has a similar style of play. It’s just that the hosts must be extra vigilant because their game so far not convincing while the guests look more solid look.
Guardiola this season made improvements to his team. Because he wants to achieve better performance than last season, where they only finish in third place. But despite buying new players, their performance looked less convincing in three games in the EPL earlier in the season.
They can only win 0-2 against Promotion club, Brighton. Then when entertaining Everton on Matchday 2, they held 1-1. Next time travel to Bournemouth, they have to fight until extra time to get home with a 1-2 victory. So the game against Liverpool will be a great first test for Vincent Kompany et al.
If they get through it well, then they will not have the heavy burden of mind because they are on the right track to achieve better performance from last season. If the opposite happens, then their workload psychologically and also physically will become increasingly heavy, especially after this they have to break the concentration into the Champions League.
For the game this time, Guardiola will not be able to play Raheem Sterling who previously hit by a red card. Meanwhile Ilkay Gundogan may also be absent because it has not really fit. Then, Kompany did not play to defend Belgium at the international pause yesterday because of his condition is not fit and he still doubts to be played in this fight.
Meanwhile, defender Kyle Walker now can be played again after free from sanctions ban play. Guardiola can also play his best compositions, such as lowering Gabriel Jesus, De Bruyne and Stones.
Switch to the guest, Liverpool. Previously, it was mentioned that the guest this time seemed more solid than the City. The benchmark is the result of their match against Arsenal on Matchday 3 ago. At that time they successfully dominated the game and could not make the Gunners thrive and won a landslide 4-0.
The result seemed to bury two previous results. On Matchday 1, they were held to a 3-3 draw by Watford, while in Matchday 2 against Crystal Palace could win 1-0, their game still looks less convincing because their defense is quite easy to penetrate the opponent though not conceded.
The victory against Arsenal itself confirms their slick record against fellow major teams in the Premier League under the care of Klopp. The Reds are now unbeaten in 16 games against all teams who finished in the top seven of the EPL last season. Of the 16 matches, Sadio Mane et al won nine times and the rest ended in a draw.
Meanwhile, Klopp’s record against City since arriving in the Premier League itself is also good. The German manager won three and draws in four games. Klopp will want to extend the good record, in order to stick to United and find a good stock before plunging into the Champions League.
For the match this time, Klopp will not be able to play Adam Lallana, and Nathaniel Clyne is still injured. While Danny Ings has not really fit.
But Klopp still has many players to fill the posts of these players. At right back there is Alexander-Arnold, while Lallana’s position can be filled by the new recruits, Ox Chamberlain or old face like Wijnaldum. Even Coutinho can also be played Klopp in this match.
In the last match of both teams, namely in Etihad, both drew 1-1. While in his last second clash at Anfield, Liverpool won 1-0. Then, what will be the result of this match?
Estimated Composition of Players:
Man City (3-5-2): Ederson, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi; Walker, Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Danilo; Aguero, Jesus.
Liverpoo (4-3-3): Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Robertson; Can, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Second Team Statistics
Head to Head:
19/03/17 Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool (Premier League)
01/01/17 Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City (Premier League)
03/03/16 Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City (Premier League)
28/02/16 Liverpool 1-1p Manchester City (League Cup)
22/11/15 Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool (Premier League)
Manchester City’s Last Five Matches:
26/08 Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City (Premier League)
22/08 Manchester City 1-1 Everton (Premier League)
15/08 Girona 1-0 Manchester City (Trial)
12/08 Brighton 0-2 Manchester City (Premier League)
04/08 Manchester City 3-0 West Ham (Trial)
Liverpool’s Last Five Matches:
27/08 Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal (Premier League)
24/08 Liverpool 4-2 Hoffenheim (Champions League)
19/08 Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace (Premier League)
16/08 Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool (Champions League)
12/08 Watford 3-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
In quality, on paper both teams are quite balanced. Both the style of play is also relatively the same. It’s hard to be able to determine who’s the winner of this match.
But Liverpool have a good record against fellow big clubs, including City. Under the care of Klopp the Reds won three times and a draw in the Premier League against The Citizen. But keep in mind, Guardiola is a clever and difficult manager to defeat him in Etihad. The Citizen itself has never collapsed in 13 games at home in the EPL since defeated by Chelsea 1-3 in December 2016 ago.
In addition, there is little concern about the strength of Liverpool’s back line although they previously appeared solid Arsenal opponents. Moreover, the line of attack City remains dangerous with the players like Jesus and Aguero. As a reminder, at the last meeting of both teams in Etihad, Aguero thwarted the benefits of the Reds earned through James Milner penalty.
Therefore, jordan predict this match will end in a draw with the score 2-2.