Manchester City will head into their Premier League clash against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Monday as the favourites.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are the reigning English champions, kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 2-0 away victory over Newcastle United and have one of the strongest squads in England.
However, former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes that City will slip up at home on Monday and could drop at least a point.
‘If there is one criticism of the excellent City boss Manuel Pellegrini it would be he rarely, if ever, changes from a rigid 4-4-2 formation whilst I see Liverpool being a more fluid outfit’, the 34-year-old ex-England international wrote on Betvictor.com.
‘Liverpool were not at their best against Southampton but their pace and ability means they can hurt even the best of sides and they might just get something from what promises to be a terrific game’, he added.
It does indeed promise to be a brilliant match and could throw up a number of goals, but City will still be confident of a win.
The Citizens were the best and most attractive Premier League team to watch last season and will fancy their chances against a Liverpool side without their best player of 2013-14 (Luis Suarez).
As Owen pointed out, Liverpool struggled against Southampton, who gave the Reds a run for their money at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers’s side will have to step up their game considerably if they are to get anything from the Etihad.
However, Liverpool will head to Manchester without fear and knowing that in Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, they have players who can make life difficult for the City defenders.
The Merseyside outfit will have to pull together and play as a team against City, instead of relying on just one individual. Whether that is enough or not for Liverpool, only time will tell.
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