Defending long unbeaten sequences, Liverpool and Manchester City will make the most attractive match of the twenty-third round of the English Premier League season 2017/2018. The classic will be held at Anfield Road, Liverpool, this Sunday, January 14, starting at 14h (Brasília time).
Liverpool’s recent performance
The Reds have not been defeated for almost three months. The most recent failure was against Tottenham in London on 22 October. It took a 4 to 1 pitch and went into the line. Since then, taking into account all competitions, has held 17 games. He won 12 matches and drew five of them.
That was enough to secure the passage to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Porto, and also advance to the FA Cup. They defeated Everton 2-1 in the Liverpool derby by 2-1 and now have West Bromwich.
The start of the season below expectations, however, charged its price in the English Championship. With 44 points (12 wins, eight draws and two losses), Liverpool are in fourth place. He added 18 points less than Manchester City, the leader. Thus, the Premier League title dispute is almost out of the question.
There is a second undefeated reds’ series. Liverpool have not lost at Anfield Road in the current Premier League season. In this case, it is not an invincibility that can be considered spectacular. There were six wins and five draws. The 23 points accumulated make the club the fifth most efficient principal of the tournament.
The only loss suffered recently by Liverpool was in the fall of arm with Philippe Coutinho. After six months insisting to leave, the Brazilian midfielder was finally negotiated with Barcelona. The technical loss was offset by the financial gain. The English team received 140 million euros as compensation.
I had already spent on account. Even before the sale of Philippe Coutinho the club led by coach Jurgen Klopp had put 84 million euros in the Southampton account to acquire Dutch defender Virgil Van Dirjk, who has already made his debut in the club and should make his first match of the English Championship wearing the shirt of Liverpool this Sunday.
The investment made in the acquisition of the quarterback should not be the only one in the January transfer window. It is possible that the club will still seek more reinforcements for the final stretch of the season. The signing of Van Dirjk was made to try to help heal the one who has been singled out as the club’s biggest problem in the season: the ease with which he concedes goals.
The reds were leaked 25 times in 22 rounds of the English Championship. The coldness of the numbers, however, indicates that this problem only manifests itself away from Anfield Road. As a visitor, Liverpool took 21 goals in 11 games. As principal, he has the least leaked defense of the Premier League. He suffered only four goals in the same number of games.
To face Manchester City and try to improve those numbers, Klopp has to deal with some bruising problems. The biggest of them is compared to Egyptian striker and midfielder Mohamed Salah (21 games in the 2017/2018 English Championship, 17 goals). He suffered a knee injury that took him out of the last two matches. You will have to undergo further tests that will indicate if you can act.
Also in the ward are defenders Alberto Moreno (12 games, no goal) and Nathaniel Clyne (without performances); midfielder Jordan Henderson (16 games, one goal); and striker Daniel Sturridge (nine games, two goals).
The current form of Manchester City
In a period of time, the unbeaten record of Manchester City is a little shorter than that of Liverpool. The team was beaten on Dec. 6 by 2-1 by Shakthar Donetsk in Ukraine. However, in that duel the team entered with reservations, since already was classified for the eighth of end of the Champions League with the first place of the insured key.
Since then, there have been ten matches (eight wins and two draws). When only the matches of the English Championship are considered, the undefeated series is not only much bigger than it has a spectacular use. There were 20 wins and two draws that allowed the team to dream of the undefeated title, something that has not happened since the 2003/2004 season.
To achieve these numbers well above average, City makes no difference between games at home or away. There were ten wins and a draw in both situations. Of breaking, presents / displays the best attack (64 tents) and the less leaked defense (13 goals) of the Premier League.
The situation did not leave the coach Pepe Guardiola accommodated. He still looks for reinforcements in the January transfer window. The main target is the attack. After all, the squad has only two options for the front men: Argentina’s Sergio Aguero (17 games in the 2017/2018 English Championship, 13 goals) and Brazilian Gabriel Jesus (18 matches, eight goals). The latter, however, is injured and should only return to the pitch in March.
For the game of this Sunday, the former palmeirense should not be the only embezzlement. Defenders Vincent Kompany (nine games, no goal) and Benjamim Mendy (four games, no goal) are in injury recovery processing; and midfielder Phil Foden (a game, no goal).
History of the matches Liverpool vs Manchester City
City ran over Liverpool in the first round of the 2017/2018 English Championship. He scored 5-0. In the opponent’s field, however, he has not won since 2003.
Liverpool’s first-round defeat should be looked at with some reserve at the time of analysis. The Reds made a good start until striker Sadio Mané was sent off. With one less and a defensive system still fragile, they ended up being run over by the blues.
Having improved significantly of this then, counting on an efficient defensive system, at least in Anfield Road, reds are the best option for guess. The price is 3.10 in Rivalo. Draw yields 3.50 and visitor success pays 2.20 per real invested.