Hello my dear friends! Today will be the final match of the 21st round. Central duel tour, and possibly the entire championship. If successful, Liverpool can be a long way off its pursuers.
For Manchester City, the last segment of the championship can hardly be recorded as an asset. "Citizens" lost points in those fights in which, it would seem, there should be no problems. Thus, in the last five rounds, City players suffered three defeats. And if the failure in the match with Chelsea (0-2) can still be attributed to the strength of the opponent, the defeat from Crystal Palace (2-3) at home and Leicester (1-2) can be regarded as a clear failure. It is worth noting that in fights with Palace and the “foxes”, Josep Guardiola’s wards were the first to open the scoring, but in the end they failed. If we talk about the impact of Manchester City in their native arena, then it is quite high. Before the defeat of Crystal Palace, the citizens won ten matches in a row at home. Moreover, in the last 11 matches at home within the framework of the championship, the “citizens” distinguished themselves by no less than two goals, and in eight of them they scored three or more goals. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne's injury is not serious, but the coaching staff does not know whether the Belgian will be ready to meet with Liverpool. Ilkay Gundogan is also questionable. Because of injuries, Benjamin Mendi, Claudio Bravo and Elyakim Mangala will not play for sure. Disqualification is served by Fabian Delph.
For Liverpool in the standings, the situation is as follows. Merseyside club is still leading in the championship. There were no special failures. The nearest pursuer, Tottenham, they are six points ahead and, if they succeed in the match, they can seriously break away from the competition. In the final round, Liverpool beat Arsenal at home (5-1). It was the ninth consecutive victory for the wards of Jürgen Klopp. Note that Liverpool has not yet lost a single match in the championship, and in 18 of them he won a victory. For the ten guest meetings in the current championship, the reds have twice drawn, just with the teams from the leading group - Arsenal (1-1) and Chelsea (0-0). In the infirmary of the team are defenders Joseph Gomez, Joel Matip. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke have not yet appeared on the field this season. Doctors will determine readiness for the match of James Milner before the meeting.
STATISTICS AND PERSONAL MEETINGS
- Manchester City won at home 9 out of 10 championship matches.
- The "both score" bet played in seven of the last 10 "citizens" fights at home in the Premier League.
- In 8 of 11 previous home games in the Premier League Manchester City scored three or more goals.
- Liverpool's win series has 21 matches, 18 of which he won.
- Last season in the championship, Manchester City and Liverpool exchanged home victories.
- In the first round rivals tied 0-0.
- In 13 of the last 17 full-time matches of future rivals, more than two goals were scored, and in eight matches - more than three goals.
So let's summarize. Manchester City has not been in the best shape lately, City was much stronger in the first round match. Perhaps now is the right moment for Liverpool to beat one of the closest pursuers. As for the Liverpool, it is difficult to find fault with anything, the team reached the peak of the form. If the red will not allow stupid mistakes in the middle of the field, you can count on three points.
Manchester City - Liverpool X2 with 1.83 for 5% of bank