Their last game was a disappointing 3-0 loss, also at home, against fierce cross-city rivals Manchester City.
A double from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden’s tap-in, set up by Haaland, sealed a comfortable three points for Pep Guardiola and Co.
It only served to underline the gulf in quality between the two sides.
They will want to, and perhaps need to, bounce back tonight. Not even necessarily with a result: a good performance, at the very least.