class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With both teams in strong form at the back, Al Hain-Cole expects a tense and tight encounter between the Reds and Guardiola's men at Anfield
A heavyweight Premier League clash will take place at Anfield on Sunday, when Liverpool play host to Manchester City.
Having surrendered their title to this opposition last season, Jurgen Klopp’s men look determined to recapture their crown as they sit top of the table after six games.
Liverpool vs Manchester City latest odds
However, with just one point to their name from the last three meetings between the sides, Liverpool are 19/10 (2.90) outsiders with bet365 to make a strong statement in the title race by coming out on top against the champions.
Man City recorded an impressive 1-0 win away to Chelsea last weekend and are available at 11/8 (2.38) to underline their quality with another victory over fellow title challengers.
Just one of the last five league encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 5/2 (3.50) available on them cancelling each other out in this one.
Liverpool vs Manchester City team news
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out due to a groin injury, joining Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliott in the treatment room.
Ilkay Gundogan remains unavailable with the thigh injury he sustained against Southampton, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is a doubt.
Liverpool vs Manchester City preview
Having suffered a 4-1 thrashing here last season in a match that saw Jordan Henderson and Fabinho line up in the centre of defence due to injuries, the Reds will be determined to demonstrate their true quality this time out.
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They will certainly expect more resilience in defence with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all available once again and new signing Ibrahima Konate adding extra depth.
Indeed, they have let in just seven goals in nine matches so far this campaign and conceded only once in their last five league fixtures in their own backyard.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s team have kept five consecutive clean sheets in the league, albeit scoring only twice themselves in their three most recent Premier League outings.
Liverpool vs Manchester City tips & predictions
With a much tighter encounter therefore looking likely, odds of 11/10 (2.10) look like solid value on under 2.5 goals being scored for Livepool’s 13th league home game in 16, as well as a fourth league game in a row for City.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.