Manchester City Vs. Liverpool | English Premier League Betting Preview & Picks
Manchester City Vs. Liverpool City Betting Odds And Picks
Prepare yourself for the Premier League’s best, and one of it’s spiciest fixtures on Sunday. Over the past few years, Manchester City and Liverpool have developed another league rivalry. It has glimpses of a United-Arsenal rivalry of the early 2000s in it. Making this match unique for the league.
So, how does this game look, and what shall we expect from it? Let’s have a glance at all the factors that’d impact the game and see what this fixture would possibly have on the menu.
Manchester City Vs. Liverpool Betting Odds
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Is This Liverpool’s Year To Dominate?
It’s safe to say this is one of Liverpool’s strongest teams in the past decade or so. They’ve had an amazing start of the season. They have yet to know what a league defeat feels like this season.
So far, they’ve won nine games out of ten. Their form at Anfield is altogether scary for any away team. More importantly, they haven’t lost at Anfield in their last 43 matches — let that sink in.
A Weak Defense May Cause Trouble
The only problem seen so far is the lack of clean sheets. No matter how strong their defense might look on paper or even on the pitch, they end up conceding at least one goal.
There have been multiple matches where they salvaged a late winner. Sadio Mane scored a 94’ minute winner to get three points for his team. That’s because they play a high line, and their fullbacks often get caught on the counters.
Playing At Home Has A Big Advantage
The Anfield factor is going to play a huge role in this game. In their last 12 home matches, Liverpool has scored at least two goals. Another interesting thing about Liverpool’s purple patch is how they have overperformed in both facets of the game: offense and defense.
Their xG is 23.03 while they have scored 25 goals so far. In terms of defense, their xGA is 10.26; while only conceding nine goals.
These numbers reflect how clinical the Reds have been with their chances. Also showing how successful they’ve been in stopping the opposition to score.
Good Chance Of A High Scoring Game
Three games out of their last five have had over 2.5 goals in them. They only managed one clean sheet in those games.
We are not expecting them to keep a clean sheet against one of the most daunting attacks in the league.
Is It Time For A Blue Moon Redemption?
The defending champions have had an underwhelming and unfortunate start of the season. Injuries have hit them hard from the beginning.
Key Players Are Injured
Laporte’s injury has been the one that hurt them the most. The double injury-blow of Laporte and Stones may have caused City’s worst results this season.
The losses against Norwich and Wolves went beyond Pep Guardiola’s imagination. The Spaniard might go for another defensive rehaul in the winter transfer window.
How Will Man City Play At Anfield?
Now, let’s talk about how City looks going into Anfield.
Offensively, they look well-set and ready to give Virgil and co. a hard time. However, their defense may not be on the same page.
Their center-back pairing would probably be Fernandinho and Otamendi, and the past reflects some unconvincing displays. The stats would tell you they have conceded four goals in their last five games. In reality, they get exposed plenty of times in almost every other game. With Liverpool’s attack in the equation, City fans should be worried.
Offense NEEDS To Perform
They say “attack is the best defense,” and City’s attack is something which could put a lot of uninvited pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s men. If City manages to chip in an early goal, it would be complicated for Liverpool to carry on their winning streak.
City has underperformed offensively as per their standards. When we say standards, we’re talking about skyrocketing standards.
City’s xG is 36.10 while they have scored 34 (which of course, is still massive!) and have conceded only ten goals with an xGA of 12 (surprising?).
Barring the result against Wolves, City have been in fine form in the league. They’ve won four of their last five games. This is more than reasonable considering the injury crisis.
Head-To-Head: Manchester City Vs. Liverpool
If we look at their recent ties, history tells how close these the games have been. Each team has won two games, while one game has ended as a goalless draw.
Manchester City Vs. Liverpool Betting Predictions
It’s going to be a very close affair. The way things look, a few things seem very certain.
Both teams enjoy playing on the front foot, so there won’t be any shortage of goals in the game (yay?). This makes it a high possibility of an over 2.5 goals fixture.
Liverpool might have a slight advantage over City’s depleted defense, but City’s attack wouldn’t make things easy for the hosts.
Expected Score: Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City
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