The Premier League returns with a bang after the international break and we have selected an 18/1 Bet Builder for Manchester City's clash with in-form Liverpool on Saturday.
Bet Builder - 18/1
Manchester City's clashes with Liverpool rarely disappoint and nine of the last 11 meetings between the rivals have featured over 3.5 goals.
City thumped the Reds 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium in April, despite the absence of Erling Haaland, and the superstar striker is expected to be fit for Saturday's rematch despite suffering an ankle problem while on international duty with Norway.
Several important players from both clubs were involved in South American World Cup qualifiers this week so the 12.30 kick-off on Saturday is not ideal for managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
That short turnaround may mean more mistakes than usual from these high-class outfits so backing four or more goals looks a solid first selection for a big-game Bet Builder.
City are the leading scorers in this season's Premier League with 32 goals in 12 games and their last three results were a 3-0 derby win at Manchester United, a 6-1 rout of Bournemouth at the Etihad and a 4-4 draw at Chelsea.
Liverpool have scored at least twice in nine of their last 11 league games and Klopp's men are averaging 18.7 shots per game in all competitions this term.
As well as their 4-1 league defeat at the Etihad last season, the Reds were beaten 3-2 by City in an EFL Cup cracker just before Christmas while in April 2022 they drew 2-2 in Manchester with all four goals coming in the first 46 minutes.
2022 World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister could complete a memorable double this week, having helped Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.
That was the first home defeat Brazil had ever suffered in World Cup qualifying and now Mac Allister is targeting a rare Liverpool victory at Manchester City in the Premier League.
The Reds last away league win over City came in November 2015 and gaining control of the midfield battle will be crucial to their chances on Saturday.
Mac Allister may well be feeling a little jaded after his return from South America but Liverpool are short of defensive-midfield options so he should have a vital role to play at the Etihad.
He missed this month's home win over Brentford due to suspension, having received five yellow cards in his first 11 league appearances for the Reds, and he was also sent off on his Anfield debut against Bournemouth.
That red card was later rescinded but Mac Allister has been booked in four of Liverpool's six away league games and that trend may well continue at City.
Kevin De Bruyne, the Premier League's most prolific assist-maker in recent seasons, remains sidelined so Manchester City are looking to another Belgium international for creative inspiration.
Winger Jeremy Doku has made an impressive start to his career in England and he had a day out in the Citizens last home game against Bournemouth, setting up four of his side's six goals.
Doku also claimed an assist for Julian Alvarez's opener in the home win over Brighton and he could cause problems for Liverpool full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kostas Tsimikas this weekend.
Belgium's 5-0 rout of Azerbaijan in Euro 2024 qualifying on Sunday was bookended by Doku assists for Romelu Lukaku and Leandro Trossard and the flying winger looks a nice price to set up a goal against Liverpool.
The champions are confident that striker Erling Haaland and goalkeeper Ederson will overcome ankle injuries. Nathan Ake and Sergio Gomez are slight doubts and Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Matheus Nunes and Mateo Kovacic are injured.
Alisson, Luis Diaz, Alexis Mac Allister and Darwin Nunez will be assessed after returning from South American World Cup qualifiers. Ryan Gravenberch, Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones and Ibrahima Konate face fitness tests but Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic remain sidelined.
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