Liverpool v Man City Match Preview and Predictions & Betting Odds – 14th January 201811th January 2018 / Julian
Liverpool play host to league leaders Man City on Sunday in a game broadcast live on Sky Sports, kick-off 4pm this Sunday. The Sky Blues visit a Liverpool side £146 million the richer from a Coutinho sale that has left many fans on Merseyside with more than a question or two.
First and foremost, will the club reinvest the funds they received? The loss of the Brazilian is undoubtedly a huge blow and poses a dilemma for Klopp. Who exactly do you get in to replace one of the best players in the world? Rumours abound that a deal to accelerate Naby Keita’s transfer to Anfield is on the cards. Liverpool paid Leipzig £55 million for the Guinean international in the summer, but the German team are said to oppose any attempt to get Keita in a red shirt this January.
City meanwhile look set to prise Sanchez away from Arsenal in a rumoured £35 million deal. A ligament injury to Gabriel Jesus has forced an issue that Pep Guardiola had otherwise been content to pursue more casually. This may not be the only piece of business which the Spaniard pursues, with a £50 million bid on the table for Leicester’s Harry Maguire. If so, it is highly possible that the ranks of the Sky Blues could be bolstered by the time the two meet at Anfield.
Betfair have priced Liverpool at 21/10 to win the match with Man City at 5/4. For the game to end in a stalemate the price offered is 13/5.
Head to Head
Man City 5-0 Liverpool
Man City 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool 1-0 Man City
Liverpool 3-0 Man City
Man City 1-4 Liverpool
Liverpool 2-1 Man City
Firstly, an analysis of the last 6 matches played between the two suggests that Liverpool may have the edge. Historically Liverpool have performed very well against City, and their record at Anfield is even more impressive. The suggestion is that home advantage plays a huge part in Liverpool’s success. In their 3-0 victory against Man City in 2016 the Liverpudlians didn’t even play Coutinho, so the Brazilian’s silky skills weren’t a factor. The difference, however, between the Man City of Manuel Pellegrini and the Man City of Pep Guardiola is profound. Man City have been out of sight this season and look set to run away with the title.
The last time the two sides met, Man City were utterly ruthless. It didn’t help that Liverpool were down to 10 men for the whole second half, but even so, the Liverpool defence was simply found wanting. Klopp will surely hope that the addition of Virgil van Dijk to the backline will add some much-needed fortitude. Another passive display of that nature will only see the rampant City demolish the Anfield outfit once more.
Indeed, when looking to predict the outcome of this match analysis of Man City’s form this season, and in this season alone, may be the most sensible position. For Man City to win with a -1 handicap odds offered are 3/1, a potentially sound bet.
Sergio Aguero has been in outstanding form this season with 13 goals to his name, just one less than Raheem Sterling. Aguero has made 67 shots this season giving him a goal every 4.8 attempts on target, while Sterling has made 53 attempts on goal with a return for every 3.8. In any case, both are lethal.
Odds for a first goal from Aguero are 7/2 with Sterling at 11/2 suggesting that Sterling is better value for money. Not only has the Jamaican born star found the net more times this season, but he has done so with less shots on goal. Anytime for Aguero is 10/11, for Sterling 15/8. Sticking with Man City, a longer odds punt on Kevin De Bruyne will pay 9/1 for the first goal and 10/3 for anytime. The Belgium has 6 goals so far but will want to add more to his tally this season.
For Liverpool, the primary threat must again come from Mohamed Salah who has a hugely impressive 17 goals to his name. How will he fare without supply from Coutinho, however? That must be the big question on the minds of Liverpool fans. Salah is priced at 5/1 to open the scoring and 13/8 for anytime. The next most likely source of goals is Firmino priced at 13/2 to open and 21/10 anytime.
Man City to win: Liverpool have enjoyed a great record against Man City and knew how to make a home advantage count, but it seems crazy to bet against Man City in their current form.
The tip is based on the personal opinion of the author. No success is guaranteed. Please gamble responsibly. 18+
* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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