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Manchester City face the reigning Premier League champions Liverpool at the Etihad stadium on Sunday, with kick-off at 16:30 (UK).

The Citizens will look to continue their impressive run of form against Liverpool in a heavyweight clash. City have won four of the last six matches against Liverpool and are unbeaten at home by the Reds since 2015.

Liverpool were swept aside 4-0 by Pep Guardiola’s side the last time they visited the Etihad although the Merseyside club had already clinched the title.

Liverpool go into the game top of the league on 16 points with City 5 points behind in tenth place having played one game fewer. A win for City could see them move within two points of their rivals.

Both teams come into the game on the back of comfortable Champions League wins in midweek. In the Premier League, Pep’s men are on a four match unbeaten streak after losing 5-2 to Leicester City, whilst Liverpool have gone three games without defeat after the 5-0 drubbing at Aston Villa.

It is the clash of the Premier League’s title favorites and both teams would hope to come away with the win.

TEAM NEWS

MAN CITY

Gabriel Jesus is available after returning from injury to score against Olympiakos on Tuesday.

However, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy all remain sidelined with muscles injuries and will not be included against the Reds.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Sterling, Foden, Mahrez.

LIVERPOOL

Virgil van Dijk is unavailable through an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered against Everton.

Naby Keita and Joel Matip were back in the matchday squad for Liverpool’s midweek win over Atalanta, but Thiago Alacantara is a doubt for Sunday’s clash.

The midfielder had not returned to training before Tuesday’s Champions League game. Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will both miss the trip to the Etihad.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Matip, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Jota, Salah

PREDICTION

Although Liverpool head into the weekend top of the league, it is fair to say they haven’t been convincing. They have conceded 15 goals this season and haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League games. With Virgil Van Dijk out of the game, they look unlikely to shut Man City out.

Guardiola’s side have looked solid at the back this season since the arrival of Ruben Diaz but the likes of Diogo Jota and Mohammed Salah will be on hand to punish them for any mistakes. City have scored just 9 times in 6 league appearance this season and part of that is due to injuries to Kun Aguero and Gabriel Jesus but the return of the latter could be a timely boost to his side.

This really is a game that could go either way with fine margins and moments of brilliance likely to decide it but Manchester City are a good bet to claim the three points this weekend.

Manchester City 2 – 1 Liverpool