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Liverpool v Manchester City & Betting Tips – 4th April 2018

1st April 2018 / lee

Liverpool v Manchester City UEFA Champions League, 4th April 7.45pm

This is the first UEFA meeting between the two English sides. Liverpool have already tasted success at Anfield against the Citizens this season in the Premier League, so will they be able to double up? Or will City be all the wiser for their mistakes in that game and have a better idea of how to handle themselves in this first leg? This has the makings of being an epic tie.

Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Odds*

Man City 11/8, Liverpool 19/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 11:54 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)

Liverpool News and Form

This is going to get interesting then. This is the first time that Liverpool will have competed in a Champions League quarter-final in nine years. This will be the 17th all-English clash in UEFA Competitions and Liverpool have been involved in ten of those such is their rich history. The Reds were up against Porto in the round of sixteen and won the tie in the first leg away from home posting a 5-0 victory. They played out a 0-0 draw back at Anfield. Liverpool are W3 D2 from their five Champions League home games this season, scoring sixteen goals in that sequence. Goals will be expected in this but probably not as many as the seven-goal thriller between them at Anfield in January which Liverpool won 4-3. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is probably going to get a lot of backing in this one and that is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). This is probably going to be more tense and cautious with a lot more at stake.

The Reds have won nine of their previous 13 European Cup quarter-finals and of their eight previous two-legged ties against English opposition, Liverpool are W5 L3. Overall Liverpool’s record against English clubs in Europe is W5 D8 L5 with all five of those wins coming at home (D3 L1). So looking at that stay, Liverpool are going to have to produce a lead to try and defend in the second leg or it’s going to be tough for them. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest priced option is a 1-1 draw at 11/2 with a 2-1 victory for Man City following at 17/2* (all Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). The Reds are unbeaten in their last fourteen European home games (W9 D5).

Manchester City News and Form

Manchester City are making just their second appearance in the Champions League quarter finals. They lost 3-2 on aggregate to PSG in the 2015/16 campaign in their only previous visit. They have only once before met a fellow English side in Europe and that ended in two 1-0 defeats against Chelsea in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final. In this season’s Champions League group stage, City cruised to wins in each of their opening five games before losing what was a dead rubber for them at Shakhtar Donetsk on match day six. In each of their three road victories this season in the competition, City have scored exactly four goals. That’s the attacking threat that they carry. Last season they didn’t win one single away game, so there’s a vast improvement. Sergio Aguero is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite at bet365 after his prolific 2018. City have the goals in them, will they be able to stand up to Liverpool better defensively this time around?

Liverpool v Manchester City Head to Head

The Reds have won their last five at home against Manchester City, the last two being Premier League successes by a one-goal margin. Liverpool have stayed unbeaten on home soil now in their last sixteen fixtures against the Citizens in all competitions. They have won five of the last eight overall home and away against Man City in all competitions. Both teams have scored in just two of the last five clashes.

Who will win – Liverpool v Manchester City Predictions

Manchester City just look to have the extra quality about them that should hold up on the day. Their loss at Anfield will have primed them much better for this Champions League attempt which will probably be a little more sedate. Look for the draw.

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