Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he cannot wait for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool as the reigning champions look to move back to the top of the table (Match odds – Liverpool 19/10, Draw 13/5, Manchester City 6/4).
The Citizens were well beaten in midweek as they lost 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, but Sunday’s opponents Liverpool are yet to lose this season in all competitions.
Jurgen Klopp will be without Trent Alexander-Arnold due to a groin injury, while Thiago and Harvey Elliott remain on the sidelines. Guardiola also has injury woes to contend with, as Ilkay Gundogan or Oleksandr Zinchenko are set to miss out.
Guardiola says he feels the pressure ahead of a big game, and he believes Liverpool will bring their best performance, even without their first-choice right-back.
He told the club’s official website: “They create gaps because of their movements. They create space in the middle and have high intensity in all places. It’s very Jurgen.
“If they win a lot of games, it’s because they are good. Not a lot of secrets. They won a Champions League and one Premier League.
“All the time, they are competing. I admire that. No matter what the situation, they try to play their game.”
There are three matches kicking off at 14:00 on Sunday, with Crystal Palace hosting Leicester at Selhurst Park (Match odds – Crystal Palace 2/1, Draw 12/5, Leicester 6/4).
The Eagles have only managed to win one of their games this season, but they are only one point behind Leicester City, with the Foxes also making a slow start. Leicester pair Jonny Evans and Wilfred Ndidi are both unavailable, while Patrick Vieira can select from an unchanged squad.
Tottenham will try to end their three-match losing run in the Premier League when they host Aston Villa in north London (Match odds – Spurs 23/20, Draw 5/2, Aston Villa 13/5).
Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal have all got the better of them of late, while Aston Villa beat Manchester United last weekend.
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as a substitute in midweek in the Europa Conference League and he is set to lead the line for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
West Ham and Brentford will meet at the London Stadium, with the Bees hoping to build on last week’s 3-3 draw against Liverpool (Match odds – West Ham 17/20, Draw 11/4, Brentford 18/5).