Man City v Liverpool last five H2Hs & betting trends: Haaland fitness to prove key

Manchester City take on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, November 25 in a blockbuster Premier League bout. Both sides have been in fine form this season and are separated by just a single point in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola will know that his side can ill afford a slip-up with Liverpool currently just one point behind them, so a win for the Reds would see them potentially go top of the pile.

Man City have multiple injury concerns heading into the game this Saturday with the likes of Erling Haaland, John Stones and Ederson all having experienced injury setbacks in the last week – although they have since returned to training with City.

Haaland a doubt for the next Manchester City vs Liverpool H2H
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Man City vs Liverpool H2H record

Man City vs Liverpool has been a fiercely contested fixture in a five-year period largely dominated by the Guardiola v Klopp storyline. However, Liverpool are miles ahead in the all-time H2H stakes.

  • Man City wins: 60
  • Draws: 56
  • Liverpool wins: 108

Of course, a lot of those Liverpool victories occurred prior to ADUG's takeover of Man City in 2008, which has seen them become a dominant force in both England and across Europe, making this fixture one of the most exciting and highly anticipated in the league.

In recent times it's been far more even, with Guardiola's men tasting victory in the past two matches, but before that, the Reds won three in a row across three different competitions, including the FA Cup, Community Shield and the Premier League.

Kevin De Bruyne netted in last season's corresponding fixture, won 4-1 by City back in April. (Credit: Andrew Yates / Sportimage – Photo by Icon Sport)

Man City v Liverpool last five H2Hs

The last five clashes between these two powerhouses of modern-day English football have been spread across four separate competitions including the Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Community Shield, with there not being a single draw in any of those games.

Man City 2-3 Liverpool – April 16 2022

Liverpool came out on top in a huge FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley near the end of the regular season, which ended up being a five-goal thriller and the Reds ran out into a shock 3-0 first-half lead. A goal from Ibrahim Konate and a Sadio Mane brace stunned the whole of England.

Man City tried their best to mount a comeback, but goals from Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva ended up being nothing but consolations, and Liverpool went on to win the FA Cup final against Chelsea on penalties.

Liverpool 3-1 Man City – July 30 2022

Held at the King Power Stadium due to Wembley hosting the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final, this game may be most fondly remembered for the glorious chances squandered by Haaland.

It was the Norweigan's first competitive game but it was not a sign of things to come and he may have been spurred on by losing 3-2 to Liverpool. Trent Alexander Arnold scored early in the first half before Julani Alvarez levelled things up deep into the second half, but Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez scored in the final seven minutes to get their season off to a stunning start.

Liverpool 1-0 Man City October 16 2022

Despite it being a low-scoring affair, it was a game packed full of incidents. Man City thought they'd taken the lead through Phil Foden, only for VAR to pull it back for a foul on Fabinho by Haaland before a stunning Allison goal kick found Salah in the City half, through on goal, and he calmly slotted home.

Klopp ended up being sent off by Anthony Taylor, but he wouldn't have minded as Liverpool extended their great run against Man City to three games.

Man City 3-2 Liverpool – December 22 2022

It was just the fourth round of the Carabao Cup which meant both managers made changes to their usual starting lineup, although that certainly didn't stop the quality on the pitch.

Man City managed to stop the rot against Liverpool thanks to goals from Haaland, Riyad Mahrez and Ake. City would end up shocked a few more games down the line, when Nathan Jones' Southampton dumped them out at the quarter-final stage.

Man City 4-1 Liverpool – April 1 2023

Liverpool looked to be on course to cause a major upset in the league and away from home when Salah netted after just 17 minutes. However, the joy was short-lived as Alvarez levelled things up 10 minutes later.

Second-half strikes from Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Grealish wrapped up a memorable home performance against a Liverpool side that failed to finish in the top four.

Jeremie Doku
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Potential MVP

With Andy Robertson still absent from the starting lineup, it looks set up to be a big afternoon for one of Kostas Tsimikas or Joe Gomez at left-back. Alexander-Arnold will be forced to hold a more defensive position. Therefore, the dribbling sensation, Jeremy Doku, could be the man to watch out for on Saturday, with the highest number of completed take-ons in the entire division.

The Belgian wonderkid is also second overall when it comes to carries into the opposition's final third. Doku is a winger who loves to get after a full-back, so he promises to give the likes of Tsimikas a hard time.

Key trend

In all but one of the last five encounters, over 3.5 goals have been scored between the two sides. So while City will be favourites, if they are to be without Ederson, Liverpool's attackers will be licking their lips. We are going to go for Man City to win and over 3.5 goals.

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