0 losses, 5 clean sheets: Why City should fear Liverpool on Sunday

Premier League champions Manchester City travel to Anfield this weekend...

The last time Manchester City visited Liverpool, the Premier League title was on the line.

The Reds triumphed 3-2 during a dramatic encounter that day, although City had the last laugh when it came to the league championship.

If they want to have any chance of lifting that trophy again, though, a result at Anfield is imperative - but the formbooks suggest a repeat of last year's scoreline could be on the cards.

  WonDrawnLostGoalsGoals ConcededClean SheetsPointsGames
Liverpool 5 2 0 12 4 5 17 7
Man City 3 3 1 15 8 1 12 7

Indeed, as Opta stats show, Liverpool are unbeaten in 2015, having kept five clean sheets and conceded just four goals this calendar year.

In that time, City have conceded eight and kept just one clean sheet, accumulating five less points than Brendan Rodgers' Reds in seven games.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will be boosted by the return of Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, who were rested for their Europa League defeat to Besiktas on Thursday night.

  Chances CreatedPassing AccuracyTackles WonDribbles Won
Man City 93 84% 111 83
Liverpool 76 82% 113 82

In the middle of the park, things are likely to be all to play for, with Liverpool and Manchester City boasting a similar passing accuracy and number of tackles & dribbles won. Neither manager is a fan of the defensive approach and there is almost no question at all both will play to attack.

City have created more chances in 2015, just as they have scored more goals - although a large chunk of that will be down to last weekend's win over Newcastle United.

As that game does highlight, however, Manchester City will have their own returning talisman at Anfield: Yaya Toure.

A thrilling contest lies in wait, then, but Liverpool certainly have the upper hand in terms of form.

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