Manchester City v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 31, 2018
Etihad Stadium - Premier League
Defending Premier League champions Manchester City host Liverpool on Thursday night, in what could be an early title decider, with Jurgen Klopp's side seven points clear.
It finished 0-0 at Anfield earlier this season between these two sides, with City's Riyad Mahrez missing a late penalty for the visitors. Liverpool beat Pep Guardiola's side home and away in the Champions League last season, but they have not won at the Etihad in domestic action since 2015.
City are boosted by the return to fitness of midfield duo Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne, who are both expected to start against Klopp's men. Ilkay Gundogan, Vincent Kompan and Gabriel Jesus have all overcome minor knocks, however Benjamin Mend is still out injured and Fabian Delph is suspended.
Liverpool will make a late check on James Milner, with the former City midfielder struggling with a thigh injury, in recent weeks. Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all sill out of action.
Manchester City v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Cit know that they have to get a result in this game to prevent Liverpool building an unassailable lead at the top of the table, as Guardiola's side look to defend their title. Two defeats over Christmas saw City slip down to third in the table, but a win over Southampton last time out saw them back up into second, but seven points behind Liverpool.
Just as City were faltering, Liverpool have hit their stride with excellent back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Arsenal over the festive period, as they look to underline their credentials. Klopp knows that there is still a long way to go, but his side have put themselves into a position whereby their destiny is in their grasp in the coming months.
The pressure is on City, and they should rise to the occasion at the Etihad, knowing that a win throws the title race back open and that looks to be the way to go - priced at 21/20.
Liverpool will take the game to City, and their high scoring form in recent weeks and in recent meetings with their North West rivals, and they should get on the score sheet in this clash. With that in mind, a BTTS bet is available at 4/9.
Manchester City to win 2-1 at 17/2
Form is certainly on Liverpool's side, but with so much pressure on the hosts, they simply have to react if they want to mount a title challenge in 2019. Klopp knows a draw is not a bad result, so Guardiola will have to roll the dice and go for a win on home soil.
Sergio Aguero to score anytime at 4/5
Agrentina international Aguero has been the hero so many times for City recent seasons, and he has netted six goals against Liverpool since coming to the Premier League. With nine league goals to his name already this season, he will be a big threat to Liverpool's back line.