Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs. Liverpool

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Updated: August 19, 2014
Manchester City 2014

Match Date: 26 August 2014 (local)

Match venue: Etihad Stadium

(Featured image: Manchester City | Source: Zimbio)

 

One of the most anticipated rivalries in the season’s second week, this fixture between Manchester City and Liverpool will surely be a truckload of stunning maneuvers and attacking prowess. Both sides were winners in their respective openers, and so this face-off must be very enthralling.

 

Manchester City

The defending champions proved that they are still capable of putting their foes into silence when they won over Newcastle United in their season kick-off via clean sheet. The squad scored two away goals, courtesy of David Silva and Sergio Aguero, and ensured a brilliant defense to deny their hosts from stealing chances. The victory follows their three-match losing streak during pre-season, when they lost all the spoils to Liverpool and Olympiakos in the International Champions Cup and to Arsenal in the Community Shield. In their earlier friendlies, however, The Citizens successfully defeated the likes of Al Ain, Heart of Midlothian, Sporting KC, and Milan. Back in the top-flight league, they finished their opening week ranking in the second spot, behind Chelsea who placed higher for scoring more goals.

 

Liverpool

A decisive Daniel Sturridge goal in the 79th minute gave Liverpool a very good result to kick off their new EPL campaign. The winning goal was scored after a Raheem Sterling opener and a Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) equalizer, both netted spectacularly to set the mood inside Anfield to high energy. The win therefore gave The Reds full three points as their first earnings for the new season, helping them to rank fourth in the league behind tight rivals Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal—all teams scored three points but were ahead of Brendan Rodgers’s men due to goal difference. Further developments in their attack-defense formula can give them a very genuine chance at [finally] winning their first English Premier League title.

 

Online betting tip: Manchester City and Liverpool should expect a stalemate from their meeting.