Manchester City Starting XI Prediction vs Liverpool FC


It’s the biggest game of the year in the Premier League- Liverpool at Manchester City! Lately, it’s been a one-sided series, vastly in favor of the visitors. City have won just one of their last 11 meetings with Liverpool across all competitions (seven losses and three draws), but that single win was indeed an emphatic one.

The Sky Blues walloped Liverpool 5-0 at home in Premier League play last season. Also, City has not lost back to back home games since early 2016, since before Pep Guardiola was manager. Thus, you can understand why the Cityzens are favored in this one.

In looking at who Guardiola may select for his first team on Thursday night, John Stones is expected to start in the spine of City’s defense while Aymeric Laporte or Danilo could be the first choice left back in place of the suspended Fabian Delph.


We’re not feeling Oleksandr Zinchenko in our selection after the bad game he had against the Southampton. Also, we did pick Kyle Walker, despite the poor form he has shown lately. The rest is pretty straight-forward.

The Bank’s Manchester City Starting XI (4-3-3) Prediction vs Liverpool

Forwards:  Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling

Midfielders:     David Silva, Fernandinho, Bernando Silva 

Defenders:  Danilo    Aymeric Laporte   John Stones   Kyle Walker

Goalkeeper: Ederson


Liverpool at Manchester City FYIs

Kick-off:  8:00 pm (BST), 3:00 pm (EST) Thursday January 3, City of Manchester Stadium

Google Result Probability: Manchester City win- 47%, Draw 26%, Liverpool win- 27%

Odds via Bet365: Manchester City 21/20, draw 29/10, Liverpool 5/2

Recent form: Liverpool- WWWWWW Manchester City- WLWLLW

Manager Press Conference Videos and Quotes: coming tomorrow

Liverpool Starting XI Prediction: go to this link

Injury report for both teams: go to this link


Prediction: City 2, Liverpool 2

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC and Chicago, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation. 

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  1. Liverpool to concede more than one goal, doubt it very much.

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