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City Out to Extend Record-Breaking Streak Against Liverpool: Matchday Insights

City Out to Extend Record-Breaking Streak Against Liverpool - Matchday Insights

In a highly anticipated Premier League clash, Manchester City faces Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, with both teams vying for supremacy in the top two of the table.

Pep Guardiola has made a strategic change to the City lineup, and with key players missing due to illness and injury, the match promises to be a thrilling encounter. Let’s delve into the details of the lineup, tactics, and some intriguing statistics ahead of this high-stakes fixture.

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City’s Tactical Approach

Ederson takes his position between the posts, shielded by a solid defensive quartet comprising Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, and Nathan Ake. Captain Walker leads from the right, while Ake replaces Gvardiol on the left. The midfield duo of Rodrigo and Bernardo provides stability, flanked by Phil Foden and Jeremy Doku. Upfront, Erling Haaland leads the line with support from Julian Alvarez.

Home Dominance

City aims to equal an all-time winning record at the Etihad Stadium. Having won their last 23 home games across all competitions, this run is the joint second-longest in English football history, tying with Preston North End’s 1892 team. A win against Liverpool could draw City level with Sunderland’s outright record of 24 successive home victories set in 1891-1892.

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Haaland’s Milestone Hunt

Erling Haaland, the prolific goal-scorer, is on the verge of reaching a significant milestone. With 49 goals in 47 Premier League games, a goal today would make him the fastest player to reach 50, surpassing the current record held by Andrew Cole. Interestingly, Liverpool is one of the few teams Haaland has faced and not scored against in the top-flight. Will he break this pattern today?

Foden vs. Liverpool

Phil Foden, a key playmaker for City, has a remarkable record against Liverpool. Having been involved in more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other team except Brighton, Foden has scored and assisted against the Reds on two occasions. If he repeats this feat, he could achieve a historic milestone as no player in Premier League history has scored and assisted in three separate games against Liverpool.

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Key Match Stats

  • City seeks to win three consecutive matches against Liverpool in all competitions for the first time since March 1937.
  • Liverpool has won just one of their last 14 Premier League away games against City.
  • Both managers, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, have faced each other more than any other manager in their careers.

As the stage is set for a monumental clash, City aims to extend its home dominance, Haaland eyes a milestone, and Foden looks to continue his impressive record against Liverpool. The tactical nuances and historical statistics add layers of intrigue to what promises to be a riveting encounter between two football powerhouses. Stay tuned for live updates and post-match analysis on City News Centre!

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Liverpool 26 18 6 2 63 25 +38 60
2 Manchester City 26 18 5 3 59 26 +33 59
3 Arsenal 26 18 4 4 62 23 +39 58
4 Aston Villa 26 16 4 6 56 35 +21 52
5 Tottenham Hotspur 25 14 5 6 52 38 +14 47
6 Manchester United 26 14 2 10 36 36 +0 44
7 Brighton & Hov… 26 10 9 7 49 41 +8 39
8 West Ham United 26 11 6 9 40 46 -6 39
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 11 5 10 40 40 +0 38
10 Newcastle United 26 11 4 11 54 45 +9 37
11 Chelsea 25 10 5 10 42 41 +1 35
12 Fulham 26 9 5 12 36 42 -6 32
13 Crystal Palace 26 7 7 12 31 44 -13 28
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 33 47 -14 28
15 Everton 26 8 7 11 28 34 -6 25
16 Brentford 26 7 4 15 37 48 -11 25
17 Nottingham Forest 26 6 6 14 34 48 -14 24
18 Luton Town 25 5 5 15 35 51 -16 20
19 Burnley 26 3 4 19 25 58 -33 13
20 Sheffield United 26 3 4 19 22 66 -44 13
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