Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: De Bruyne in contention for top of the table clash

By Ric Turner, Thu 03 January 2019 14:44

Manchester City vs Liverpool preview: De Bruyne in contention for top of the table clashBelgian midfielder back in training following muscular injury

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 8.00pm, Thursday 3rd January 2019

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Anthony TaylorAssistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: M Atkinson

Odds: City evens, Draw 5/2, Liverpool 13/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Laporte, Otamendi, Stones, Walker, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, Mahrez, Sane, B Silva, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Injured: Bravo, Mendy, Mangala,

Doubtful: De Bruyne

Suspended: Delph

Form guide: WDLLW


Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Squad (from): Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara, Clyne, van Dijk, Lovren, Moreno, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi

Injured: Matip, Gomez, Solanke, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Doubtful: Milner

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Kevin De Bruyne could be available again after missing the victory at Southampton with a muscle problem. Pep Guardiola said in his press conference that the Belgian midfielder was "much better", but that he would face a fitness test before the game. Fabian Delph serves the second game of a three match ban, which could see Danilo fill in at left back.

Liverpool enjoy a seven point lead at the top of the table, and a defeat for the Blues could be a decisive blow in the title race but Guardiola struck a defiant note ahead of the game.

“Our reality is clear,” Guardiola said. “We are seven points down. It is the second round of games and I have a feeling there is a big opportunity for us to reduce the gap.

“People are asking what we will do if we lose but we are going to try to win the game, be there and have a chance to fight for the Premier League.”

City's last home league game against Liverpool ended in a 5-0 victory, with Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus (2) and Leroy Sane (2) netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 46 of the 181 games played against Liverpool, with 46 draws and 89 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Danilo, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Score prediction: Manchester City 2 Liverpool 2