By News Team
5th November 2020
There’s one more round of Premier League fixtures before the November international break, and it’s set to be a cracker.
Manchester City face Liverpool on Sunday for the first time since the Reds’ 4-0 defeat at the Etihad in July, while Everton host Manchester United at Goodison Park the day before.
We take a look at both fixtures below.
Can Liverpool overcome injury woes at Man City?
Despite losing star-men Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho as well as new signing Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool have made the strongest start to the Premier League season, taking 16 points from seven matches to sit top of the table.
They arguably posted their best result this term on Tuesday evening, a 5-0 rout in Italy against Atalanta in the Champions League, with Diogo Jota scoring his first Reds hat-trick. One of the surprise signings of the summer, Jota’s £40 million move to Anfield from Wolves raised eyebrows, but with seven goals in his first 500 minutes of football at Liverpool, he’s well on course to return back every penny — and then some.
Man City, meanwhile, have had their own problems with injuries at the start of the season; Sergio Aguero is yet to return to full fitness, while Aymeric Laporte has only made a handful of appearances this campaign.
As a result, Pep Guardiola’s men have dropped seven points in their first six games of the season, and it’s the first time they have dropped more than four points in the first six games of a campaign since the Spaniard arrived four years ago.
Both sides will come into Sunday’s clash at the Etihad with a level of confidence, however. Liverpool know they’re the better side on form, while City will be buoyed by that 4-0 win in the summer. And they head into this one at Evens to win, while you can get the Reds to do the same at 12/5. The draw is 29/10.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Jota start again at the weekend, as he seems more and more crucial to the fluidity of Liverpool’s frontline as the weeks go on. You can get the forward to score first at 13/2 and anytime at 9/5.
Everton to bounce back against Man United?
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to see Manchester United finish in the top four come the end of the season. They have already dropped 11 points in six matches, losing, and losing ground, to rivals Spurs, Arsenal and Leicester City.
What’s more, all three of those league defeats this season were at Old Trafford, while they come into this one off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.
They’ll face an Everton side on Saturday who, despite their strong start with four wins from four, have now lost two in succession. How ominous would this look for Red Devils fans if they were to get back to winning ways against United at Goodison Park?
That said, it looks like this could be a tight one as both sides go for the victory on Saturday afternoon, with Everton priced at 19/10 and United at 29/20, the latter a slight favourite. The draw, meanwhile, is 12/5.
James Rodriguez has been crucial to unlocking the door of opponents for Everton since his introduction to the Premier League, and with United’s backline looking shaky, he’s 21/10 to score anytime here, should he make his return from injury as hoped for by the Toffees.