At the New Year’s Eve people would be out at different places for fun but not the football fans. The English Premier League sees off the year 2016 with a huge clash on its very last day as Liverpool hosts Manchester City at Anfield. Being placed at third at the moment the Pep Guardiola side would certainly be under pressure as they travel away from home being one point deficit to the hosts. At top of the EPL however, stands Chelsea with a clear difference of six points. So no matter which team wins at Saturday Chelsea can enjoy their top spot for at least one more week for sure.
Liverpool vs Manchester City game is however crucial for both the second and third placed side as they try to keep a trail of Chelsea in search of the top position on table. Most of the soccer pundits and bookies bit for Liverpool victory.The last nine Liverpool vs Manchester City clashes have produced at least 3 goals so it would not be deceitful to look forward to an entertaining game of soccer. City boss Pep Guardiola has asserted after their last win against Hull that they need to win every game from now on if they want to even come closer to the top. On the other hand stats favor the hosts as they haven’t lost a single premier league match at Anfield since 2003. Both Klopp and Pep have met 8 times in Bundesliga with four victories each however this time the league is quite different. This time it is not just about moving ahead of each other on record boards but to grab three valuable points that could see them catching the char toppers Chelsea.
As for the team news for Liverpool vs Manchester City game, the key factor would be the return of Sergio Augero. The City striker is all set to play after a four-match ban and Pep probably would go with a 4-2-3-1 formation placing the returning striker in middle upfront. Sergio Aguero will likely replace Nolito in the starting XI. While John Stones is also set to drop out after getting injured in a 3-0 win against Hull City. Augero has been pretty good against Liverpool in past scoring four times but not to forget none of his goals came at Anfield.
Liverpool on the other hand have not failed to score in their last 19 Premier League games against City. For home side Adam Lallana would be the x-factor. The England man has four in four so far and would be looking to make it five on five in front of home audience. Liverpool vs Manchester City game would be kicking off at 17:30 on Saturday 31st December with all three possible outcomes in hand, still being a must watch