Finally, the two teams with the most frightening forward lines meet. Manchester City has been terrorizing teams at home, scoring 15 goals in the last three home games, while Liverpool smashed Tottenham out of the park in their last home game, scoring 5 at White Hart Lane, traditionally a difficult away fixture for any team.
This season’s Liverpool is a team that is seriously fighting for the premiership for the first time since 2008, with the butt of all jokes last season, Jordan Henderson, really improving a great deal and showing why Liverpool paid 20 million pounds for him. Sterling is in great nick, as is Coutinho, but Luis Suarez is playing like a man possessed, already having scored 19 goals this season.
On the other hand, Manchester City, though poor in its defending, is following Manuel Pellegrini’s style of “score more goals than you concede” quite well, and this plan has paid off, especially in the game against Arsenal, whom they beat 6-3. Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo have scored 20 goals between them, and the midfield has chipped in with a fair few, with Yaya Toure being the most prolific, having scored 9. City has also scored an astonishing 51 goals this season, averaging 3 goals a game.
This game will be highly entertaining and will see quite a few goals scored. But this game will also have its fair amount of defensive blunders – Joe Hart is hardly the man he was last season, while Martin Skrtel is making Tottenham’s Michael Dawson look like he’s Franz Beckenbauer.