Since Liverpool have been confirmed as Premier League champions this fixture doesn’t matter much. It’s been an amazing season for the Reds, and their first-ever PL title is a testament to that. As champions, they will be given a guard of honor by Manchester City when both sides meet this week.
At first glance, it seems there’s nothing else at stake for these two sides when they clash on Thursday. Liverpool have been confirmed champions. Manchester City look set to finish in second place. But is there really nothing at stake?
In 2018, Manchester City became the first side to win the PL title with 100 points. With Liverpool on 86 points, having seven more games to go, you can bet that Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to break that record.
While Man. City can’t do much about protecting their record, they will try to give Liverpool a fair fight when they meet. For Pep Guardiola’s men, getting three points off Liverpool will help to keep Liverpool further at bay.
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With plenty at stake, there’s plenty to fight for in this game. And the results will be determined by:
The Head-to-Head Record
The last five editions of this game, played at the Etihad Stadium, have been balanced. Twice, both teams have won, with one game leading to a draw. In the last 10 head-to-head meetings with City as the home side, only twice have the full-time result produced only two goals.
Which way will this game go?
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Liverpool may have done all the hard work before now to become champions. Their home record may also be really solid. However, the Reds have failed to win an away game since Norwich in February.
Since then, they have played four away games in all competitions, losing three times and drawing away to Everton. For Manchester City, they’ve won four of their last five home games so far. However, their recent loss to Chelsea describes just how unpredictable Pep’s men are.
The Goals and Match Fitness
Since the restart of football in England, Liverpool have scored four goals – four in two games. On the flip side, Manchester City have scored 11 goals – 11 in four games.
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With more games under their belt, the difference in match fitness may make a difference. But when a game involves Manchester City and Liverpool, nothing is written in stone.
It’s the new champions versus the dethroned champions. Which of these two teams do you think will come out on top at the end of the game? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.