Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview

September 8, 2017
By: Deke Hardman

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City face Liverpool.

The prize for the winner will be first place in the division, at least until leaders Manchester United play Stoke City in the day’s late game with both sides tied on seven points after winning two and draw one of their opening three matches.

Pep Guardiola, who’s side go into the weekend in fourth place may be without captain Vincent Kompany as the defender picked up a minor calf injury on international duty though fellow defender Kyle Walker returns from a one match ban.

However former Liverpool man Raheem Sterling will miss the visit of his old club after being sent off in the Citizens’ 2-1 win at Bournemouth two weeks ago.

Sergio Aguero, who has scored in all five of his appearances against the Merseyside club at the Etihad is favourite to get the first goal of the game at 4.75 (15/4) with Bet 365 while Gabriel Jesus is a 5.5 (9/2) shot with Sky Bet.

The home win is 1.9 (9/10) with Unibet with the visitors as highly priced as the 4.33 (10/3) on offer from Bet Victor. The draw is widely available at 4.0 (3/1).

The visitors sit two places above their opponents due to their superior goal difference which was boosted by the 4-0 hammering of Arsenal last time out.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who played the final half hour of that game for Arsene Wenger’s side could make his Reds debut after completing his £35m move to Anfield on transfer deadline day.

Fellow England internationals Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana remain sidelined through injury while Philippe Coutinho will have to wait for his first club appearance of the campaign despite playing for Brazil in both of their recent fixtures.

Roberto Firmino is 8.5 (15/2) to open the scoring with Unibet, as is Sadio Mane who is looking to find the net for a fifth successive game.

Last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 1-1 draw and you can back both teams to score this time around at a price of 1/44 (4/9) with a number of firms.

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