Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will host Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in Matchweek 29 of the 2016/2017 English Premier League at City of Manchester Stadium.
The iconic football coach, Pep Guardiola, has had a very difficult season with his team underperforming in England and Europe. They were bitterly eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by Leonardo Jardim’s AS Monaco. Nevertheless, Manchester City have reached the semi-final of the 2016/2017 FA Cup and will face Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.
Manchester City were held by Stoke City in a goalless draw in their previous English Premier League-match. Manchester City are located on a third place 56 points in the league table, just a point ahead of Liverpool. Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five matches in the English Premier League.
Team News: Manager Pep Guardiola did not report anything about new injury concerns. However, Brazil international Gabriel Jesus and Germany international Ilkay Gundogan are still out due to injuries. The Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who been sidelined due to a knee injury, is hopeful on a recall as Manchester City host Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.
Manchester City’s Form In English Premier League:
Stoke City | D
Sunderland | W
AFC Bournemouth | W
Swansea City | W
West Ham United | W
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool also had a strange season as their first part of the season from August to December was fantastic with several important victories and performing brilliant football. Their second part of season has not been the best against the weaker, smaller clubs.
Liverpool narrowly defeated Sean Dyche’s Burnley with two-one in their previous English Premier League match at Anfield. Liverpool are located on a fourth place with 55 points in the league table, just a point behind Manchester City.
Team News: Manager Jürgeb Klopp said in his pre-match press conference that he hopes the Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino will be fit for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City. The Brazil international missed the match against Burnley due to a groin injury but returned to training on Friday, although striker Divock Origi is a doubt after missing Thursday’s session. Defender Dejan Lovren is fully fit after playing 75 minutes for the Under-23s on Monday but Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson are both sidelined due to hip and foot injuries respectively.
Liverpool’s Form In English Premier League:
Burnley | W
Arsenal | W
Leicester City | L
Tottenham Hotspurs | W
Hull City | L
Both clubs have faced each other in 156 matches. Liverpool have won 74 and Manchester City 42 of them. 40 matches have ended in draws. Manchester City suffered a narrow one-nil defeat to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the previous English Premier League-match on New Year’s Eve at Anfield. Last time Manchester City and Liverpool faced each other at City of Manchester Stadium was in November 2015, where Liverpool won four-one.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been under a lot of pressure recently that escalated after AS Monaco eliminated them from UEFA Champions League. Manchester City will see this Sunday’s match as chance to bounce back but a chance to also revenge that narrow defeat at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.
Manchester City 2 – 1 Liverpool
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