Liverpool are 21/10 to win at Anfield. Since December 23, City have registered five wins and a draw in all competitions and only three goals have been conceded during that period, but the manner of some of their recent results suggests that there are chinks in their armour which can be exposed by the Merseyside giants, who will meet high-press with high-press.
The £625,000 Sir Alex Ferguson paid Oldham Athletic in 1990 for the services of Irish left-back Denis Irwin will surely go down as one of the legendary Scots best value for money deals.
A draw at half-time, Man City at full-time is 9/2. Mohamed Salah looks as unstoppable as anyone in the City ranks, whilst equally it seems unlikely Liverpool can pin City's front line down. An early goal and a whirlwind start already saw the reds up against it, but Sadio Mane's sending off took away Liverpool's biggest threat and gave City the space they needed.
Liverpool FC, meanwhile, are down in fourth place as they look to try and secure Champions League qualification for the second season running under Jurgen Klopp.
And if they avoid defeat tomorrow, Barton is convinced they will go on to emulate the Arsenal Invincibles of 2003-04 by going through the entire Premier League season unbeaten.
The Dutchman put in positive performance in his debut against bitter rivals Everton, even managing to net a last-gasp victor. What a tantalising affair that will be if at the time football writers are still writing pointless columns about whether Manchester City can be the Invincibles Mark II.
Although the England worldwide was more renowned for his defensive ability than his attacking play, many will still remember him for this thunderous last minute victor he struck against Chelsea in 1998.
All eyes will be on Anfield on Sunday as play host to runaway leaders.
It isn't the case of a strong spell of form, Sterling has now proven he belongs at elite level.
Guardiola congratulates his players after the final whistle.
In terms of the defence, £75 million has been spent on Van Dijk in an attempt to shore up this long-running issue.
Marko Grujic (fractured finger), Nathaniel Clyne (back) and Adam Bogdan (ACL knee injury) remain sidelined.
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