Manchester City vs Liverpool Match Preview and Betting Tips
March 13, 2017
Sunday 19 March – Etihad Stadium – Premier League
Both sides’ Premier League title hopes have come and gone as Chelsea remain untouchable at the top, but Pep Guardiola has turned his City side into a free-scoring perpetual-chance-creating machine, while Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have reverted to the fumbling, inconsistent side to which we have become accustomed.
Liverpool have won two of their past four Premier League meetings with Manchester City by three goals, and could make it five league wins in a row against the Blues on Sunday. The home side haven’t beaten Liverpool in the league since August 2014, but eliminated the Merseysiders from the FA Cup last February on penalties. As both sides’ strength is in attack, Liverpool’s classic 3-2 victory from September 2000 could be replicated, but with a different victor.
As Manchester City continue to cope without long-term absentees Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan, they could be buoyed by the return of captain Vincent Kompany who is set to return from a knee injury. With no suspensions Guardiola has an otherwise full squad to choose from, meaning we will likely see his favoured 4-1-4-1 system utilised as it is the best system for Yaya Toure, David Silva and Leroy Sane to flourish in.
Liverpool find themselves in a similar situation as only Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino are doubts. Danny Ings isn’t expected to return until the start of next season but he would have been unlikely to feature should he have been fit. With Klopp’s high pressure 4-3-3 likely to be sucked into Guardiola’s crowded midfield, we could see the reds switch to a 4-2-3-1 similar to the tactical switch witnessed in February’s win against Tottenham.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview and Predictions
As the race for top four heats up with Manchester United and Everton starting to add pressure, the idea of a six-pointer comes to mind.
Although City’s strong start to the season continues to provide a cushion on the chasing pack, losing to the likes of Liverpool would prove detrimental. However, the City will enter the game as favourites and rightly so.
Indeed, City are available at a best price of Evens, with some bookmakers even going so far as to make the home side odds-on. Liverpool, by contrast are out to 3/1 in a few places, perhaps a result of their inconsistency since New Year. The draw is around 13/5.
However, Liverpool are not without their strengths as their intensity in attack coupled with the directness of Sadio Mane and Divock Origi can cause problems, and the two should work particularly well against City’s poor defence.
But the Citizen’s industrious midfield and ability to keep possession should be enough to see them past Liverpool, even considering Sergio Aguero’s horrific strike rate against teams outside the bottom five.
Leroy Sane to score first at 17/2
The young German had a tough start to the season but since settling in England he has arguably become Manchester City’s most important player.
Manchester City to win by two goals
Although Liverpool hold a hugely positive record against Sunday’s opponents in recent times, this Manchester City side couldn’t be more different that Manuel Pellegrini’s.