Guardiola: Anfield will play a big role on Saturday

01 January, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Felix Jensen
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But while Liverpool appear closer to the finished article than City, who lost back-to-back games against Chelsea and Leicester City earlier this month, there is little between them in the standings.

Notably, they've also outscored everyone else in 2016 - and by some margin. Any other result combined with a Chelsea win would increase the lead to seven points or more. They have an intensity with the ball and without the ball, and it is not easy to do that. Their average 2.5 points per game without him and only 2.0 with him.

Jose Mourinho's year looked like ending badly before his Manchester United team scored two goals in the closing minutes to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Moreover, the Etihad outfit's away record this season is far from ideal - they have lost two out of nine games on their travels so far: against Tottenham and Leicester.

"Our bad record at Anfield shows how hard it is for Manchester City to go there".

Liverpool and Manchester City have been terrific going forward this season, while they have also been prone to mistakes and calamities at the back.

Liverpool's teamsheet confirmed one change from the team that was deployed against Stoke City, with Emre Can coming into the starting XI and Divock Origi dropping down to the bench.

"It will be a different game to a year ago". With the gap between them and sixth-place Manchester United down to three points, Manchester City could definitely use a win to stay ahead.

Recent head-to-heads show a strong bias towards Liverpool.

The Merseyside outfit have never won the Premier League despite finishing in runners-up spot in 2002, 2009 and 2014.

On Wednesday morning (Hong Kong time) Palace look set for a home win over Swansea in the big relegation clash. Five of their six home victories have been achieved without a clean sheet and taking that option - Liverpool/Yes in the Match Odds and Both teams to Score market - against free-scoring City is [3.05]. Now, Liverpool have dropped the hottest LP of the season, and it's charting.

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Aguero has scored four times against Liverpool in the Premier League but none of those goals have been at Anfield.

The equation points in only one direction.

Liverpool won the game 4-1.

Head-to-heads are interesting too as this is a fixture that has typically produced lots of goals. Six clubs fight for four positions or one position.

"I always thought that he is quite a talented boy".

Elsewhere, Claudio Bravo remains an issue in goal - the Chilean is too erratic to be considered an upgrade on the banished Joe Hart - and the team lack genuine quality as cover for Sergio Aguero up front.

Because it's City, that pair are on offer at over 2/1 and it just doesn't make sense.

But instead of stoking the fires, the legendary former Barcelona and Bayern Munich honcho was respectful of Liverpool's boss and full of praise for our stadium. Hendo is limping, it is probably a little bit more pain.

There are a lot of games to play.

Furthermore, the Blues have destroyed better teams than Mark Hughes' side this season, so expect a comfortable victory for Antonio Conte's men at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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