Fantasy Football: EPL Week 12 – Liverpool vs City Preview

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FOOTBALL - EPL - LIVERPOOL vs CITY

It is not just the game of the English Premier League weekend. It is perhaps the game of European club football this weekend. When Liverpool play Manchester City in the Premier League, the result will have ripples through the league. This match #12 of the season will be played at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool top the standings with 31 points from 11 matches. Defending Champions City are second with 25 points. Any slip-up for City will only increase the six-point gap and make the league a one-horse race. Without a doubt, this is a game that City can not afford to lose.

Liverpool Preview

Liverpool are unbeaten this Premier League season, winning ten and drawing one of their 11 games. Against City, Liverpool are unbeaten in 16 top-flight matches. Their last home loss came way back in May 2003 – so, the hosts will be the confident lot.

This fixture last season produced a cagey 0-0 draw. However, this time around there should be goals. Stack your side with players like Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino. If you are looking for defensive picks, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson could be the ones. They impact the games at both ends of the pitch.

Manchester City Preview

City are the top scoring side of the league with 34 goals. Their defence isn’t too bad, with just ten goals conceded so far. However, with a number of key defenders out injured, Pep Guardiola’s side look primed to leak goals.

That aside, there are a number of interesting fantasy choices up front. Raheem Sterling is probably in the form of his life. Kevin de Bruyne is one of the best playmakers of the league. And, Sergio Aguero is the best predatory striker in England, if not Europe.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Roberto Firmino has had a hand in seven goals in eight Premier League matches against City. This is a fixture he enjoys playing and should make his way to your side.

Sadio Mane is the standout fantasy player for this match. He scores goals, takes shots, creates chances and enjoys the big stage.

Raheem Sterling will not need extra motivation to play his former employers. He is yet to score at Anfield since his move to City in 2015. However, he has 18 goals in 20 games this season for club and country.

Probable Teams

Liverpool: 1 Alisson 2 Trent Alexander-Arnold 3 Dejan Lovren 4 Virgil van Dijk 5 Andrew Robertson 6 Jordan Henderson 7 Fabinho 8 Georgino Wijnaldum 9 Mohamed Salah 10 Roberto Firmino 11 Sadio Mane

Manchester City: 1 Claudio Bravo 2 Kyle Walker 3 John Stones 4 Fernandinho 5 Benjamin Mendy 6 Kevin de Bruyne 7 Ilkay Gundogan 8 Bernardo Silva 9 Riyad Mahrez 10 Sergio Aguero 11 Raheem Sterling

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