Liverpool are 13 points behind Manchester City coming into this game and it seems pretty obvious that Liverpool will not be winning the league this season. Unlike the last few seasons, this will not be a match that could decide which of the two wins the title but there is still no team that Manchester City will fear playing as much as Liverpool, especially at Anfield. For Liverpool, injuries are a huge issue, especially after losing Trent and Diaz recently. Nothing seems to be going right for Liverpool right now, but they have still managed to win 9-0 and 7-1 already this season. While Liverpool have had all these struggles this season, back at Anfield they are always hard to beat so it will be interesting to see which Liverpool turn up in this match.
With Erling Haaland up front, Manchester City seem unbeatable at the moment but despite only losing 3 matches since March, 2 of these 3 matches have been against Liverpool. Haaland’s form has been absolutely ridiculous and even had the luxury of being rested in mid-week so will be in perfect shape for this match. The combination of De Bruyne and Haaland together in a team has been almost like cheating for Manchester City and that pairing could win Manchester City the match. With Arsenal having beaten Liverpool last weekend, Manchester City know they need to win to keep up at the top of the table.
Liverpool v Manchester City Hot Shot Tips
Erling Haaland to have 2+ Shots on Target
Erling Haaland continues to break records with his goalscoring and he will be desperate to score in this match after missing that sitter right at the end of the Community Shield final. He has averaged 4.55 shots per 90 this season with 2.4 shots on target per 90. He had 2 shots with 1 on target in the Community Shield match between the teams at the start of the season but since then the team’s fortunes have gone very different ways. Manchester City are expected to be the dominant team in this match and Haaland is the key man in this attack. Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus managed 2 shots on target against Liverpool, Danny Welbeck also had 2 on target against Liverpool and even Neal Maupay had 3 shots with 1 on target. In all of Liverpool’s last 3 Premier League games the opposition striker has had at least 2 shots and with the best striker in the world now facing up against Liverpool, he is more than good enough to have 2 shots on target himself.
Riyad Mahrez to have 1+ Shots on Target
Riyad Mahrez has had a run of matches recently and it is hard to know whether it will be him or Grealish that starts this match. When Mahrez has played he has had plenty of shots, averaging 2.89 shots per 90 and 0.87 shots on target per 90. If the previous match between the two is anything to go by then we can expect Mahrez to have plenty of shots in this match, in the Community Shield final Mahrez had 4 shots with 3 on target. Also in doubt is who Mahrez would be up against on the right wing. Tsimikas has played while Robertson has been out injured but Robertson was subbed on in midweek for Tsimikas. Whether Robertson is fit enough to start is yet to be seen but either way Mahrez will fancy himself in this game. In Liverpool’s match against Arsenal, Bukayo Saka started at right wing and was phenomenal having 4 shots with 3 on target. With Mahrez playing a very similar role, also a left-footed right winger, this really shows how Liverpool are vulnerable on this side of the pitch. Therefore, I am backing Mahrez to have a shot on target in this match.
Roberto Firmino to have 1+ Shots on Target
Roberto Firmino was not expected to be a key player for Liverpool at all this season. In fact, most people believed he would only play limited minutes and not have much of an impact after Liverpool brought in Darwin Nunez in the summer. Firmino is in quite possibly the best form of his career right now, he has scored 8 goals and got 3 assists despite playing less than 9 matches worth of minutes. He has been part of 7 Premier League Liverpool matches this season, starting in 5 of them, and has had at least 1 shot on target in every match except the very first of the season. He has averaged a stupendous 2.26 shots on target per 90 in a struggling Liverpool side and has ensured he is back in the starting eleven as a key player. Firmino has 8 goal contributions in his 14 matches against Manchester City so is used to making an impact against them. While Manchester City are still very strong defensively they are missing John Stones at the back and Firmino’s more technical skillset will suit playing up against the more physical Ruben Dias. I think Firmino will continue his form in this match, so I am backing him to have a shot on target.
Phil Foden to have 1+ Shots on Target
Foden comes into this match off the back of signing a 3 year contract extension with the club this week. There is absolutely no doubt he deserved it, he has struck 7 goals and got 2 assists in all competitions this season for Manchester City. This good form was perfectly illustrated in the Manchester Derby where he got himself his first Manchester City hat-trick. He has started every Premier League match for Manchester City this season and has deservedly nailed down his place as a key player. Foden is getting in great goal scoring positions, he is accumulating 0.45 xG per 90 which shows the quality of chances he is having. So far this season he is converting this xG into lots of shots on target, he has averaged 2.48 shots per 90 in all competitions and averaged 1.55 shots on target per 90. He has now had at least 1 shot on target in all of the last 5 matches he has started, averaging 2 shots on target over these 5 matches. Foden is in the form of his life right now and this should be enough for him to get at least 1 shot on target in this match.
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