Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City

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Sunday, November 10, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

Liverpool host champions Manchester City in the biggest game of the season with the top two teams in England clashing to round off the weekends action. Liverpool lead the way with a six point gap but the champions are hot on their heels and will be looking to reduce the deficit. With some of the most exciting attacking talent on display, this game promises to be a thriller for fans and neutrals alike.

Liverpool come into this game still undefeated in the league and Jurgen Klopp had to laugh off reports of a possible invincible season. The team have won all their games barring the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford when Adam Lallana helped secure a point. Despite not being at their best and leaving it late, the Reds have managed to get three points when they were on the verge of just one, bagging late winners against Leicester City, Tottenham and Aston Villa. There has been plenty of discussion on why the Reds haven’t fired as they have done in previous seasons under Klopp but much has been down to getting the balance right between defence and attack, with the likes of Wijnaldum and Henderson providing much needed cover for the backline. How Liverpool approach this game will be interesting as they had a similar predicament last season when this fixture rolled around as to whether to stick or twist. The Reds held a healthy lead over City and seemed to want to protect it by being a bit more defensive during the game. After City took the lead Liverpool dominated and equalised through Firmino but Leroy Sane managed to get a winner. That loss was one of the main reasons Liverpool didn’t win the league but with the first game at home again this around, Klopp may go for the jugular and look to establish a nine point gap over the champions. Certainly news of some notable absentees from the City team could make his mind up for him and push the Reds to press higher and get their goals early.

Manchester City have been in great goalscoring form and top the scoring charts with 34. However long runs of consecutive victories have been upset by shock losses to Norwich City and Wolves which has enabled Liverpool to open up a six point lead. Pep Guardiola will know that a win here will send the Anfield faithful into panic mode with the reverse fixture still to come at the Etihad. But recent games have been grinded out as the champions were trailing for long periods against lowly Southampton only for Aguero and Kyle Walker to score late to get the points. In midweek during the Champions League, they should have been out of sight against Atalanta but managed to throw away the lead given by Raheem Sterling to allow Atalanta to get a point. This could just be a sign that the season and the pressure of maintaining a challenge on four fronts without the same bench strength of last season is taking its toll. But they will look to their defining victory over Liverpool last season as the blueprint and know that a win here will blow the title race wide open.

In team news Liverpool will be relieved by the news that Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson are both available having missed training earlier in the week. Dejan Lovren is likely to partner van Dijk over Joe Gomez with Joel Matip currently out alongside Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Manchester City have been dealt a huge blow by the news that keeper Ederson has been ruled out of this clash. The Brazilian picked up a muscular injury during their game against Atalanta with Claudio Bravo replacing him and managing to get himself sent off in the same game. The Chilean is however expected to replace Ederson in the league whilst David Silva is likely to remain out. Based on previous encounters, Sergio Aguero is likely to get the nod ahead of Gabriel Jesus in a game of this magnitude with Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez battling for position on the right flank.

In meetings over the past few seasons honours have been fairly even amongst these two. The same fixture last season at Anfield finished in a 0-0 stalemate before City managed to secure the three points courtesy of goals from Aguero and Sane at the Etihad. In the season before the teams met four times with City winning their home league game 5-0 and Liverpool winning theirs 4-3. The Reds did however beat City in both legs of the Champions League to lay claim to bragging rights.

With this top of the table clash it is in fact very difficult to separate these two and say who will be the outright winner. Liverpool have become slight favourites given home advantage and the injuries to Ederson and David Silva. We feel that with the first of their two league games being played at Anfield could be a huge advantage in this game and the title race overall. Liverpool know they need to go for it given what happened last season and we are backing them for victory at 6/4 with Bet365. The prowess of both teams on the flanks also makes the corner markets very attractive and we are backing over nine corners at 8/11 with the same bookmaker.

Punter's Pick

Liverpool host champions Manchester City in the biggest game of the season with the top two teams in England clashing to round off the weekends action. Liverpool lead the way with a six point gap but the champions are hot on their heels and will be looking to reduce the deficit. With some of the most exciting attacking talent on display, this game promises to be a thriller for fans and neutrals alike.

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