Liverpool v Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

April 02, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Anfield - Champions League

We’re in for a Battle of Britain in the Champions League, as Liverpool host Manchester City in the first leg of their quarter-final. Against a familiar foe, it’s a great chance for both sides to reach the semis.

Past Meetings

These two have played out two highly entertaining games this season, although City’s 5-0 demolition job in September won’t have been much fun for Liverpool supporters. Jurgen Klopp’s side gained revenge by inflicting a first Premier League defeat of the season on City in January, while the Reds were unbeaten in five league games against the Blues prior to this season.

Team News

Adam Lallana has been ruled out for the foreseeable future with a hamstring injury that threatens his World Cup place. Emre Can could make his return from a lower back injury in this game, although Joe Gomez is out after getting injured on international duty.

Sergio Aguero missed Argentina’s two games during the international break, and he’s in with a decent chance of being fit for this trip along the M62. John Stones is available after a head injury, while Fabian Delph could also make a return to the side. Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy are expected to miss out though.

Liverpool v Manchester City Preview and Predictions

Liverpool currently trail Manchester City by 18 points in the Premier League table, having played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s side. That will go out of the window on Wednesday night though, when the Champions League music starts to play at Anfield.

The Reds were superb when the teams met in January, going 4-1 up in the second half before a late rally from City. The same energy and quality in front of goal will be required in this game, as Klopp’s side look to take a positive result to the Etihad for the second leg.

Liverpool are 2/1 for the win, meaning the home side start the game as slight underdogs in the betting. Considering their form this season which has seen them canter towards a Premier League title they can win next weekend, odds of 7/5 for a City win look pretty generous.

It will of course be a tough assignment for the Blues, but they’ve been a cut above this season, and if the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane are firing, it will matter little whether Aguero or Gabriel Jesus plays up top. A draw would leave the game wide open going into the second leg, and that’s 11/4 in the betting.

Recommended Bets

Mohamed Salah to score first at 27/5

It’s rare you can back the Egyptian to break the deadlock with odds as long as these at the moment. After some superb performances of late, Sane is a tempting 9/1 to open the scoring for the visitors.

Both teams to score at 8/13

With the amount of attacking talent flowing through both sides, surely this bet will pay out? If you predict the game will end in a score draw, you can get odds of 7/2.

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