Paul Ince believes Manchester City will beat Liverpool this weekend - and that it will be a thriller.

The ex-midfielder believes his former side will come up short and lose 3-2 at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool head into the Premier League weekend on top of the table and know that three points over their likely closest title rivals will give them an advantage which could be unassailble.

However, despite his prediction for City to win on the day, Ince still believes that Liverpool should be favourites for the title.

"Liverpool are second-favourites to win the league. I think they should be favourites, I really do," Ince said, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves.

Ince has given his predictions ahead of the Premier League weekend

"Man City have got problems up-front at the moment, and maybe it's because Van Dijk is out for the season, but I think Liverpool should be favourites.

"If you look at the way they're getting the job done at the moment - they're not exactly playing great football right now but they're winning games.

"As long as you've got that front three, you've got a chance. You'd always fancy at least one of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah or Roberto Firmino to score a goal.

Liverpool's Fabinho was forced off during the clash against Midtjylland
Fabinho will be key to Liverpool's title chances this season, says Ince

"Van Dijk is a big piece of their jigsaw, of course he is. But when Fabinho comes back, they're almost back to full power."

Leicester vs Wolves

Ince believes Wolves have enough to get past Leicester this weekend - and continue their pursuit of the top spots.

He has predicted a 2-1 away win for this weekend's clash in what could be a pivotal year for Wolves.

Ince, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Wolves, said: "Everybody likes Wolves - everybody's got a soft spot for them, what Nuno's doing - the way they play football. I feel this year has to be a turning point for them.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has vowed to bring in reinforcements before the transfer window shuts in October
Nuno has had a big impact on the Wolves team and their success

"Two years ago they were playing in Europe, last year they missed out. This year they've spent a lot of money for a club like Wolves. They've brought in some very good players.

"When you look at the players they've brought in, they have to finish in the top six for me. Nuno's a very good manager who has to be plying his trade in Europe.

"When you do spend that money, expectation is to qualify for Europe - be it through league position or a cup win."

Ince added: "Take out Man City and Liverpool who are the best two sides in the league by some distance - behind those there's no reason why Leicester and Wolves can't challenge for those top four spots."