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Joleon Lescott: 'Liverpool defence better than Manchester City's'

Lescott: 'Liverpool defence better than City's'
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Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott insists that the Citizens currently have a weaker defence than weekend opponents Liverpool.

Joleon Lescott has claimed that former club Manchester City currently have a weaker defence than Liverpool ahead of this weekend's meeting between the two sides.

The Reds' backline has come in for much criticism in recent times, despite boasting a more-than-respectable clean sheet record in the Premier League.

Liverpool did come unstuck in their opening fixture of the season against Watford when conceding three times, however, while City have shipped goals against Everton and Bournemouth so far.

Lescott believes that it is the Merseyside outfit who boast the more settled defensive unit at this moment in time, telling Sky Sports News: "I think the attacking prowess they've got in both teams that enhances the fact it will be a test for both defences.

"At this moment in time it is probably Liverpool [who have the better defence] because they've played with each other a lot longer than Manchester City.

"As time will progress I'm sure the likes of Vinny (Vincent Kompany) staying fit throughout the season they should show that overall they have one of the best defences in the league."

Liverpool and City have collected seven points apiece from a possible nine to begin the 2017-18 campaign

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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