Watch last season’s top two from the Premier League do battle in this early season encounter…
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England.
When: 20:00 GMT
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Manchester City host Liverpool this evening, as the top two from last season’s Premier League title race come together again in this crucial early season encounter.
Sergio Aguero is likely to only be fit enough for the bench, so the home side look set to continue with the strike partnership of Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic that started the previous game against Newcastle. Elsewhere, French defender Eliaquim Mangala isn’t fit enough to be involved.
Liverpool could hand debuts to new signings Lazar Markovic – who has recovered from a hamstring injury – and Alberto Moreno, with both players likely to feature in the match-day squad. There will be no Adam Lallana, who has still not fully recovered his fitness.
The statistics suggest that this will by a closely fought encounter, with City having won more home games that any other Premier League team last season, while Liverpool boasted the joint-best away record.
When the title contenders clash early in the season, the matches are often drab affairs with few goals, but Liverpool have found the net in 28 of their last 29 Premier League games, and these two sides did engage in two entertaining matches last season.
City came from behind to win 2-1 in this game last season, with Alvaro Negredo capitalising on an error by Simon Mignolet. Liverpool then won the reverse fixture 3-2 at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho grabbing the late winner.