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Manchester City vs Liverpool (Premier League): Match Preview, Team News, Head to Head, How to Watch



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Manchester City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they return from the latest international break looking to claim a crucial three points.

Prior to the final pause for national team duties of 2023, Pep Guardiola and his players travelled to Stamford Bridge to take on a mid-table Chelsea side, in a contest that would turn out to be an enthralling shoot-out between both sides.

The ever-prolific Erling Haaland opened the scoring from the penalty spot, which was answered shortly after by Chelsea central defender Thiago Silva, who headed the ball beyond Ederson’s reach.

The hosts would then double their scoring later on in the first-half as former Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling bagged a goal against the reigning Champions, offset by Manuel Akanji just moments before half-time.

The second-half would bring much of the same as Norwegian superstar Haaland completed his brace followed up by Rodri finding the back of the net, only to be nullified by goals from Nicolas Jackson and former Manchester City starlet Cole Palmer.

On the other side of Saturday’s ticket sits Liverpool, who come into the match off the back of a dominant victory over Brentford, which saw Mohamed Salah net a brace as well as a solo goal from Diogo Jota.

Victory for either side this weekend will take them to the top of the Premier League table, in a top-flight title race that is so far involving a number of clubs right through until the ever-chaotic December fixture list.

Fixture Details

The match between Manchester City and Liverpool will take place at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 25 November, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30 BST.

Team News

The previous two weeks have not been too kind to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad, as he goes into Saturday’s match against the Merseyside club without the likes of John Stones and Mateo Kovacic, adding to Kevin De Bruyne’s long-term issue.

Despite the absence of the defensive pairing, Erling Haaland is expected to play against the Reds, which was not always the case after the 23-year-old received a knock during Norway’s friendly match against the Faroe Islands during the international break.

Aside from Stones and Kovacic, Manchester City have also had recent fitness and injury scares concerning all of Ederson, Matheus Nunes, and Nathan Ake, although the trio have returned to first-team training this week.

Head to Head

In the recent chapters between the Sky Blues and the Reds, it has been a split occasion, with last season’s meetings going the way of Manchester City as they won two of their three meetings, only dropping their opening match.

How to Watch

For viewers in the United Kingdom, you can view the match live on Sky Sports.

For viewers in the United States, you can view Saturday’s match on Peacock, with kick-off scheduled for 7:30 a.m. EST.

For fans living elsewhere, you can find the complete TV Listings here!

City Xtra will have live coverage of the contest on YouTube via our live Watchalong show!