MCI vs LIV Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Manchester City vs Liverpool Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
When: January 04, 01:30 AM, IST
Where: Etihad Stadium
MCI vs LIV Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
A titanic Premier League clash is going to be held at the City of Manchester Stadium (Etihad Stadium) as the reigning champions Manchester City aim to keep Liverpool at a bridgeable distance when they host Reds in the league match, in Manchester, on Thursday night (IST).
Earlier in the season there was a talk of a potential classic premier league match when Liverpool hosted Manchester City at Anfield. There was no exaggeration in that notion considering what normally happens whenever Cityzens travel to Merseyside to face the Reds.
And, maybe, Pep Guardiola probably would have given a great deal of thought to the last season’s results at Anfield.
However, perhaps that match could have been the best chance for Pep to end his club’s curse of the Anfield. Because the Reds were tired, both emotionally and physically, as they were coming into that match after playing Tottenham, PSG, and Napoli.
But the former Barcelona manager decided to employ a more conservative approach and was happy to take a point away from the ground he has always left empty handed.
That was a golden chance let go by City because had they won at Anfield, it would have given City a huge and an unparalleled belief going into this season and perhaps into their next encounter also which could be a season defining match for both the clubs.
At the moment, City are seven points adrift of Reds at the top of the table. A loss would leave them 10 points off the pace and it would be too much a gap to bridge considering how Reds have been playing.
The defending champions’ three defeats in a four game period was down to many things. The luck played a part, injuries weakened them and perhaps complacency may have gone inside City’s squad as well. But Pep’s men are now back to winning ways after thumping Southampton 3-1 away last time around.
Jurgen Klopp is already downplaying the tag of favorites in every pre-match and post-match interview. He knows that even a seven point gap can be erased in a matter of weeks such is the standard of teams in the Premier League.
And the biggest thing is that if City can lose, if a talented side such as them can suffer both at home and away, any team can and there’s no room for complacency. The title is a long way to go.
However, in the past, Liverpool have been at the top at Christmas only twice. And they didn’t win it, slipped, couldn’t cope with the pressure, and everybody knows that.
But now, this season, after looking at how Reds have been going about their business, and after looking at the depth and the talent at Klopp’s disposal, this feels that perhaps this could be the season.
Perhaps Liverpool won’t be getting another chance such as this in the near future. Because Chelsea are already building for the future, Manchester United can’t have a season as bad as this, Arsenal have shown what they can do under Unai Emery.
Liverpool have shifted to another gear since drawing 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Few have come by chance, the Merseyside derby certainly comes to mind, while the Wolves and Burnley clash could have ended differently.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Manchester City – W W W L L W
Liverpool – W W W W W W
MCI vs LIV Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Manchester City vs Liverpool Team News:
Injured – Left-back Benjamin Mendy, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and centre back Eliaquim Mangala remain long-term absentees
Suspended – Fabian Delph will be serving a suspension in this match.
Questionable – Pep Guardiola is fretting over the fitness of Kevin de Bruyne who has been suffering from muscle problems.
Note: Kyle Walker’s moment of madness in the Crystal Palace game has cost him a place in the starting 11 in the last two games. Danilo has started the previous two matches, while Zinchenko was preferred and praised by Guardiola against the Saints.
Key Players – Aguero, Sterling, David Silva
Injured – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has speeded up his rehabilitation in the recent days. And there is a optimism that the former Arsenal star may yet feature this season. However, he is still months away before he could return to the first team fold. While Rhian Brewster remains a long-term absentee.
Also, centre-back duo of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez both are on the sidelines and won’t be featuring in this match.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – James Milner has missed the last couple of matches with a muscle problem and remains doubtful ahead of this match.
Note: Changes can be made by Judge Klopp to his starting XI which took on Arsenal last time around. Club captain Jordan Henderson featured from the bench while Many Keita was an unused substitute as well.
Klopp has opted for a three man midfield in the big games and this could be the case this time around as well. In that case, Xherdan Shaqiri could find himself on the bench.
Key Players – Salah, Firmino, Mane
MCI vs LIV Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Manchester City– Ederson (GK), Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Delph; Silva, Fernandinho, Silva, Sane, Aguero, Sterling
Liverpool – Alisson(GK), Robertson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino
MCI vs LIV Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
City have won just once in the last 12 encounters against Liverpool. Last season’s 5-0 home win for them was their first win over Reds in the previous 11 encounters, losing 7 and drawing 3 times before that game.
But this is a totally different ball game. There is so much stake, and a loss may leave City too much ground to make in the 2nd half of the season.
A 1-1 draw is our call.
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