Premier League preview: Liverpool face Man City in huge battle; Benitez takes Everton to Old Trafford

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Two great managers face off again

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will go head-to-head for the 22nd time on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool welcome champions Manchester City to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp will meet Pep Guardiola again at Anfield; their 23rd meeting in all competitions.(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

After many titanic battles over the years, there is little to split the two with nine wins apiece.

Guardiola has a positive record over almost every manager and it is Klopp who has caused him many problems over the years with his high-pressing tactics and quick transitional play.

The 4-3 Liverpool win at Anfield in 2018 will live long in the memory as will the 3-1 win in the Premier League in 2019, that put Liverpool eight points clear at the top of the league and well on their way to finally ending their drought.

The Spaniard gained some revenge last season as City blew a struggling Liverpool away in the second half to win 4-1 and stamp their authority on the title race.

It was the first time the Blues had won at Anfield since 2003.


Liverpool form

Time to look at this season. Liverpool are a point clear of City at the top after making an unbeaten start with four wins and two draws from their six games.

The hosts were involved in a wild game of football at Brentford last Saturday, drawing 3-3 in an epic battle.

They are now unbeaten in 16 Premier League games.

Mohamed Salah was once again in the goals, he netted his 100th Premier League goal in just 162 games – the fifth-quickest to reach the landmark in the competition’s history.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford and Liverpool at the Brentford Community Stadium. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

A blow for Liverpool is that right-back and key creator Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the game through injury. It is expected that veteran James Milner will deputise for the academy product.


Manchester City form

Guardiolaโ€™s men demonstrated their class with a superb performance to win 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last Saturday; a real reminder of their quality after a slow start to the season.

Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.(Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

It was a dominant performance from City, denying Chelsea a shot on target and creating enough chances to score a few more goals.

The win was Guardiolaโ€™s 221st as Man City manager, making him the most successful manager in the clubโ€™s history, in terms of wins.

However, his side were undone by PSG in midweek in the Champions League, falling to a 2-0 defeat after failing to break down Mauricio Pochettinoโ€™s side.


Stats

The Reds have scored the most goals in the division (15), while City have the best defensive numbers and have conceded just one goal.

Liverpool havenโ€™t lost consecutive leagues games against Man City since 1937.


Inconsistent Man United

After Cristiano Ronaldoโ€™s heroics against Villareal, Manchester United play host to Everton in their fourth game at Old Trafford in 11 days.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Jesse Lingard. (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

They were beaten last week by Aston Villa after a frenetic ending that saw Kortney Hause score with two minutes remaining.

Bruno Fernandes then blazed a penalty over the bar in stoppage time as United were beaten for the third time in four games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has yet to find the right balance in midfield and they were indebted to David de Gea to keeping them in the game against Villareal in midweek.


Everton form

Everton have made a strong start to the season and are level on points (13) with the hosts.

Rafa Benitez has made the Toffees organised and well-structured off the ball. New signings Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend have made excellent starts to their careers at Goodison Park.

Andros Townsend of Everton celebrates with Demarai Gray after scoring his side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park.(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

They will again be without three key players at Old Trafford: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Seamus Coleman.


Stats

Everton have won just once in 28 League trips to Old Trafford, last winning in 2013.

Man United have kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 games in all competitions.


Other fixtures

Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur host Aston Villa on Sunday, looking to bounce back in the league after suffering three consecutive defeats.

Chelsea entertain Southampton at Stamford Bridge with the hope of showing more spark and invention in the final third after having only one shot on target in their last twoย games.

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๐Ÿฅถ Burrow & the #Bengals
โšก๏ธ Mahomes & the #Chiefs
๐ŸŒช๏ธ Hurts & the #Eagles
๐Ÿคฉ Purdy & the #49ers

With a #SuperBowlLVII spot on the line, we’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #CINvsKC and #SFvsPHI – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

#NFLPlayoffs
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/nfl-playoffs-battle-for-conference-championships/

.@SantaFe begin their #LigaBetPlayDimayor campaign tonight with a trip away to @JaguaresdeCord. ๐Ÿ”œ

Former Wigan and Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega could make his first appearance for #SantaFe since returning to Colombia earlier this month.

#LigaDimayor ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/liga-betplay-dimayor-returns-everything-you-need-to-know/

The #LigaProfesional returns. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Defending #TorneoBinance champions @BocaJrsOficial were worthy winners last season, holding off a strong challenge from @RacingClub. Here’s their title-winning year in numbers. ๐Ÿ‘‡

Can they repeat in 2023?

#BocaJuniors

๐Ÿˆ Elite QBs
๐Ÿˆ Game-changing skill players
๐Ÿˆ Stacked rosters
๐Ÿˆ #SuperBowl spot on the line

We’ve used @NextGenStats to analyze #SFvsPHI and #CINvsKC – two incredible, mouthwatering matchups.

#NFLPlayoffs

.@USC_Hoops upsets No. 8 @UCLAMBB. ๐Ÿšจ

A huge performance from Boogie Ellis (31 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He’s averaged 18.3 points per game in his last five, ranking him in the 98th percentile of all #NCAA players. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

#Bruins/#Trojans shot charts below. ๐Ÿ‘‡

2

USC Men’s Basketball @USC_Hoops

FINAL: USC 77, UCLA 64

BEAT. THE. BRUINS โœ”๏ธ

#FightOn | @WellsFargo

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