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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Manchester City vs Liverpool

Following their thumping away win over the hosts Atalanta BC in the Champions League 2020-21 Group D Match, table-toppers Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are due to play their upcoming Premier League Away Match against the hosts Manchester City Fc.

Date: 08 November 2020 (Sunday) ; Time: 4:30 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Manchester, England.

The return of Naby Keïta and Joël Matip has eased the Reds injury crisis. Keïta played during the Second Half of the Atalanta BC Match.

Matip was among the unused substitutes but he would be expected to line up alongside Joe Gomez in the heart of the defence.

Despite scoring his first Hattrick for the club, Diogo Jota might have to contend being named among the substitutes. As the Front 3, Roberto Firmino might be lined up alongside with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. 

Coming into the match, Manchester City Fc (The Cityzens) are in Top form with comfortable victories over the hosts Sheffield United (0-1, Premier League Match) and the visitors Olympiacos Fc (3-0, Champions League Group C Match).

The Cityzens are currently on an unbeaten 7 Match Streak in all Competitions (after suffering an embarrassing 2-5 home defeat to Leicester City Fc).

Since their 7-2 record loss to the hosts Aston Villa Fc, the Reds have been in fine form as they are unbeaten in their last 6 matches in all Competitions.

After the Premier League 2019-20 Season resumed (following a temporary shutdown due to COVID-19), the Reds quickly wrapped up the Premier League 2019-20 Title.

So during their away match against the hosts Manchester City Fc, the Reds subsequently lost 4-0 as they did not play like their usual style of defensive swagger and attacking finesse.

As such, the recent Reds defeat against the hosts Cityzens can be quite misleading.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: After undergoing surgery on his injured knee, Virgil Van Dijk is expected to be sidelined for an indeterminate period.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continues to be ruled out for the Long-term (after sustaining his knee injury during the Pre-Season).

The Brazilian Holding Midfielder Fabinho is expected to return from his hamstring injury after the November International Break 2020.

Thiago Alcântara however is due to return after recovering from his knee injury.

 

Verdict: Before the return match at Anfield around early February 2021, the Reds would be keen to get a positive result from their upcoming match against the hosts Manchester City Fc.

For the neutrals, the upcoming Reds fixture might be dubbed as “Pep Guardiola v Jürgen Klopp”. Yet some are aware that Klopp holds a slightly better Head-to-Head record against Guardiola in all Competitions.

This Sunday’s match will not be a definite Title-decider but will surely be a big test for the Defending English Champions – Liverpool Fc.

 

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