The English Premier League is braced for an almighty showdown on Sunday as Liverpool go to Manchester City.
It’s been a battle between the north west duo at the top of the EPL table in recent seasons, with the Reds blazing to a first title in three decades last time around.
And Jurgen Klopp’s side have picked up from where they left off, climbing to the top of the pile after seven matches of the new campaign.
Back-to-back 2-1 wins over Sheffield United and West Ham at Anfield have ensured their primacy, with their abomination at Aston Villa their only defeat so far.
Competition for places is hotting up, with Diogo Jota pushing for a start up front following his midweek hat-trick in the Champions League.
Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are long-term injury casualties, with Fabinho also sidelined and Thiago doubtful to start in Manchester.
City are picking up form following a slow Premier League start, with a narrow victory at Sheffield United last weekend nudging them up to tenth in the table.
Pep Guardiola’s men also boast a game in hand on everyone above them except Aston Villa as they prepare to host the Merseyside kings.
Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho will be absent for the home side, while talisman Sergio Aguero is doubtful.
Nathan Ake, Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan are among those pushing for places in the starting XI.
Manchester City vs Liverpool: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester City vs Liverpool: EPL Line-up predictions
Probable Manchester City Starting XI: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo, Kevin de Bruyne, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling.
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota.