FA Community Shield: Read our analysis on Man City vs Liverpool Preview and Line Up
The FA Community Shield is lined up right at the cusp of the new football season with the titans going at each other in a high-intensity clash. The FA Cup winners Liverpool is set to take on the Premier League champions Manchester City, who denied them the title for the second consecutive season.
Both the sides have managed to grab at least one trophy in the 2021-22 season but a win here in King Power stadium would be the icing on the cake. Liverpool has a clear edge in the overall head-to-head but the Pep Guardiola man is slightly ahead in the race, as far as various predictions are concerned.
Man City vs Liverpool Preview and Line Up: Recent Form
Liverpool did have a great 2021 season but they missed out on an outstanding feat of holding a trophy in England as well as in Europe as they slipped in the final of the Champions League final. Nonetheless, wins in FA Cup and Carabao cup would have driven their confidence to do better in the 2022-23 season. On the other hand, their Premier League campaign was fascinating, to say the least, with the Anfield-based team falling short by just one point in the end. Overall, they would be looking to continue their domination in the circuit.
Looking at Manchester City’s outing, it won’t be an understatement to highlight their lack of returns despite spending so much yet again. Not only did they fail to win the UCL, but they also faltered in the early rounds of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup with the only exception being the Premier League trophy. With Pep’s stint in the club already at stake, it is important for the club to win the Community shield thereby paving way for a big season in 2022. It’s a matter of saving their reputation in the days to come.
Man City vs Liverpool Preview and Line Up: Head-to-head
Matches: 53: Man City: 10 Liverpool: 24 Draw: 19
Last 5 games: Man City – 1, Liverpool – 1, Draw – 3.
Recent Meeting: Manchester City suffered a loss at home against Liverpool by a margin of 2-3 on 16th April 2022.
Man City vs Liverpool Preview and Line Up: Players to watch
Man City vs Liverpool Preview and Line Up: Attack
For Liverpool, their prime striker Mo Salah who has 27 goals and 14 assists in 45 games with 78.2% pass accuracy, has his task cut out to step up in a big game like this. He has a superior rating of 7.43 in this season.
Diogo Jota has been amazing in the previous games with 17 goals and 7 assists so far and is someone, who is versatile playing at different positions for the side. He also has a pass accuracy of 76.1% and creates 2.5 shots on target.
Darwin Nunez has some big shoes to fill in the frontlines, with Sadio Mane going to Bayern Munich. His last season consisted of 30 goals and 4 assists.
The Manchester City attack looks quite lethal with Erling Haaland, Raheem Sterling, and Grealish in the line-up. They hit the jackpot after bagging Erling Haaland in the season transfer. The former Borussia player found the back of the net on 36 occasions besides 8 assists.
Raheem Sterling has also been a prime player for them who has a fine finishing touch and provides a lot of crucial passes. He has netted on 22 occasions along with 8 assists in 61 outings so far. He has an overall rating of 7.16.
Jack Grealish has 6 goals and 7 assists from the start of this season along with creating 1.3 shots on target per game.
Man City vs Liverpool Preview and Line Up: Defense
The Liverpool defense has been rock-solid in the last couple of seasons. Andrew Robertson will most probably play as the left-back defender for the team who holds on to the ball well and frustrates the opponent’s attack. He has an 84.9% pass completion rate along with 3 goals, 10 assists, and 1.7 clears in the last 39 appearances.
Fabinho’s strengths include passing, tackling, and taking long shots. He has 87.5% pass accuracy along with 1.5 aerial duels won on an average in 35 games.
Virgil Van Dijk has 90.1% success in passes, 0.6 tackles won per game and a rating of 7.20 in the 2021-22 season.
The Manchester City defense would be pushing themselves to have a clean sheet against their opponents on Saturday. Joao Cancelo is a set-piece threat who has 85.7% pass success along with 2.3 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, and 0.8 clears in 43 outings.
Ruben Dias is a quality defender who controls the possession and gives some amazing crosses. He has so far been provided with 0.9 tackles, 2.4 clears, and 0.4 blocks in addition to a rating of 6.88.
Aymeric Laporte is another quality defender in the team who has 94.7% pass accuracy along with 1.6 aerial duels won per game.
Man City vs Liverpool Preview and Line Up: Predicted Winner
The intensity of these clashes is so high that the betting platforms and experts are under immense pressure to pick sides before the whistle. Ideally, both clubs should possess similar odds and chances, but the needle is slightly towards Manchester City to come up with the goods in a big final while the Klopp men have remained the under-rated side.
The FCTables website known for giving out accurate predictions has given a 39% chance to the Premier League champs whereas the Reds are a step behind at 34%. In terms of odds, Liverpool have odds of 2.80 with City having odds of 2.45, ahead of this clash.
According to Oddschecker, City are given favorable odds of 6/4 in contrast to that of their opponents who have odds of 15/8.