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EPL: City vs LFC

Man City is facing many problems when the defense has never brought a sense of security while public goods are often wasted opportunities. In that context, the defending champions Liverpool will know how to develop their bravery to win at least 1 point at Etihad.

This is the season Man City football does not have a good start. The 10th place on the chart up to the 8th round said that. In fact, Pep Guardiola's machine has many problems. 

The first is in defense. The green man conceded 8 goals / 6 rounds of the season and goalkeeper Ederson only had 2 white matches. Man City's clean sheet series in all competitions has stretched to number 3, the longest since the beginning of the tournament, but it does not properly reflect the defensive abilities of Pep's teachers and students. Remember, in the 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League group stage in the middle of the week, Man City's defenders also exposed many times and if the Greek team made better use of it, Ederson had to go into the net to pick up the ball. . Even in the 1-0 victory over Sheffield Utd in the previous round, the Blue Man defense was not safe. In particular, young talent Rhian Brewster on the Sheffield Utd side missed the chance to score ten when facing goalkeeper Ederson. 

Furthermore, in the 3-1 victory over Porto on October 22, the same scenario also happened. It was a match where the defense of the Blue Man was constantly put on alarm. The left wing corridor managed by Joao Cancelo is Man City's weakness at this time. The Portuguese full-back was effective in attack. But he is very weak in defense. Cancelo was often easily defeated by 1-on-1 situations, which was shown against Sheffield Utd. Tonight, Cancelo will face Premier League's best right-back, Alexander-Arnold. In addition, Mohamed Salah also played in that wing. If Man City does not have an effective plan to support Cancelo, the left corridor can completely become their grave. 

The Ruben Dias - Aymeric Laporte pair, although Pep's No. 1 midfielder duo, is not a safe choice. Dias was crushed by Michail Antonio and scored in a 1-1 draw with West Ham. In addition, this rookie also made a direct mistake leading to a loss in the Porto 3-1 victory. 

Player is not sure, even Green Man's strongest point is his ability to attack. Remember, Pep's army has only scored 9 goals after 6 rounds. In the last 4 Premier League matches , Man City has never scored more than 1 goal / match. Since Pep arrived at the Etihad, this is the first time his team has been in such a dry goal. Injury to Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, along with their strikers repeatedly missed delicious opportunities is what led to this situation. Remember, the rate of converting the chance to a goal of Green Man this season has dropped to… 6.7%, the lowest in Pep's reign. 

With Liverpool, they actually have a lot of problems. In it, the most serious is the injury of a series of pillars such as Van Dijk, Thiago and Fabinho. But The Kop tonight will have an important return of midfielder Joel Matip. He will definitely help Juergen Klopp reduce the anxiety in defense. In addition, it is necessary to mention Liverpool's form more convincing than Man City. They have a series of 5 wins and should have been 6 if the referee did not deny their goal in the Merseyside derby on October 17. 

Man City has won the last 3 matches against Liverpool at Etihad in the Premier League. But since March 1937, Green Man could not win The Kop for 4 consecutive home games in the National Championship. Tonight, the bravery of the champion will promote Liverpool to get points at Etihad.