Charlie Nicholas explains Man City weakness ahead of Liverpool showdown as prediction made | Football | Sport


Charlie Nicholas claims Manchester City’s weakness in defence will lead to a match with a lot of goals against Liverpool.

City will take on the Reds, who are top of the table, in a Premier League showdown on Sunday (4.30pm) that could play a major role in the ongoing title race between them.

Nicholas believes Guardiola’s frail backline may not allow Claudio Bravo to leave Anfield with a clean sheet but that doesn’t mean the visitors will just sit back throughout the match.

The Arsenal hero-turned-pundit still expects the Premier League double champions to cut as much service as possible to Liverpool’s lethal attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

The Sky Sports analyst added that Guardiola will look to nullify Trent Alexander-Arnold as well as Andy Robertson’s runs.

Nicholas said: “Man City’s weaknesses in defence will add to the game – you can only see goals in this one.

“Pep Guardiola’s side will not sit back, but they will suffocate the service into the front three of Liverpool and try to nullify the full-backs.

“Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were way off it last week, with Sadio Mane carrying the front three and grabbing the match-winner at the death.

“Pep will look at the pace of Mane and the accusations of diving, but I cannot see how these players will not be in a position to say there are goals here.”

Nicholas expects a 2-2 draw, which means Liverpool will retain their six-point lead over City.

The pundit, though, claims the score could go higher depending on the starting line-ups.

The former Scotland international pointed out that this match may not decide the final outcome in the Premier League as there are still a lot more games to go.

Nicholas added: “The Premier League would not be over, as a couple of draws and a defeat makes it wide open again – it is doable with Liverpool’s fixture list.

“It is one of these games, after the miserable feeling of the last one, which will give everyone a ‘wow’ moment.

“Sit back and enjoy the ride – it could go either way, it could be a 5-4 or a 1-0, but I am sitting on the fence until I see the starting teams.”

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