Liverpool bets Vs Man City - Match Preview
On Sunday the 3rd of August Manchester City make the short trip to Merseyside to play an in-form Liverpool side who currently sit at the top of the Premier League. Lets have a look at some Liverpool bets.
The meeting of these two sides will see the two most recent Champions of England clash in front of a sold-out Anfield crowd.
Liverpool will go into the game in fine form after scoring a combined total of 8 goals in their last two games.
Liverpool‘s most recent Premier League game saw them travel to play newly-promoted side Brentford under the reign of Thomas Frank, the game ended in a 3-3 draw and was called by many the most entertaining game so far this season.
The game saw Liverpool go a goal behind before Diogo Jota equalised for Jurgen Klopp’s men before halftime.
The second half saw 4 goals scored, the first coming from star man Mohammed Salah, Local lad Curtis Jones scored Liverpool‘s 3rd goal which looked to be the winner.
That wasn’t to be the case, summer signing Yoane Wissa got a late equaliser for the Premier League new boys in the closing stages of the game to ensure the points were shared.
Liverpool‘s most recent fixture was played on Tuesday away in Portugal against Porto.
Liverpool made light work of the game which saw them come out as 5-1 winners.
Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino both helped themselves to 2 goals apiece and Sadio Mane also managed to get on the score sheet. Despite the 2 goals from Salah and Firmino, Curtis Jones took the headlines with an outstanding performance in which he managed 2 assists and an 89% pass accuracy, this follows on from his goal against Brentford last weekend.
Curtis Jones has benefited from the horrific injury of fellow youngster Harvey Elliot and is showing Klopp what he can offer to the reds.
Manchester City will go to Liverpool hoping to bounce back from a defeat in midweek to PSG.
On Tuesday, City took on a side with a front line of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and new arrival Lionel Messi and came out of the game with a 2-0 defeat. The game saw Manchester City hit the crossbar twice in a matter of seconds when Raheem Sterling’s effort crashed against the woodwork before falling to Bernardo Silva who was also unable to score after his headed effort also then hit the bar.
City found themselves chasing the game after 8 minutes after former Everton play Idrissa Gueye struck the ball into the roof of the net and then in the closing stages of the game PSG extended their lead when Lionel Messi confirmed that he still has the quality to perform when he scored his first goal of many for the Parisians.
It’s not all doom and gloom surrounding City, in their last Premier League outing at Stamford Bridge against title rivals Chelsea, City took all 3 points back to Manchester.
The game saw City dominate the game from start to finish, limiting Chelsea to 0 shots on target in the whole 90 minutes. As a result of this game, it had many pundits such as Rio Ferdinand talking about how impressive the performance was. In the words of Ferdinand, ‘City made a statement today and sent out a message saying we are still the team to beat.’ and it’s hard to disagree if City can match this performance week in week out.
City will hope that the negatives of midweek can be forgotten about and they can get back to winning ways and get all 3 points on Sunday.
In the last 6 meetings between the 2 sides, Liverpool have only managed 1 victory, This came back in 2019 at Sunday’s venue (Anfield) winning the game by 3 goals to 1, Courtesy of goals from Salah, Fabinho, and Sadio Mane.
Manchester City have managed to win 4 of the last 6 meetings between these 2 giants of English football, The most previous victory was back in February of this year in which City beat Liverpool comfortably 4-1 in front of an Anfield crowd.
The game was dominated by a masterful performance from Ilkay Gundogan who managed to bag a brace on the way of victory.
Both managers will face selection issues when coming to choose their best 11 on the days leading up to Sunday.
One player that Pep and City will be without is Ilkay Gundogan who is ruled out of action till after the international break due to a thigh strain and is expected to be available for selection for when Burnley travel to the Etihad on the 16th of October.
City will also check the fitness of Oleksandr Zinchenko who has missed the last 3 three games due to an injury that is unknown and as a result, he faces a race against time to be fit in time for the trip to Liverpool.
But it is not all negatives in terms of selection for City, the last 3 games have seen the return of Phil Foden who has been out since the European Championships due to an ankle injury but is now slowly but surely getting back to full fitness and if you are Pep, you’re glad to have Foden back whether that be from the bench or from the first whistle.
Pep is not the only manager who faces a tough team selection, Klopp also has the problem of replacing injured first-team players.
On Sunday, Liverpool will be without high flying creative full-back Trent Alexander Arnold due to tweaking a muscle in the days before he was scheduled to fly to Portugal to play Porto as a result Klopp is losing a player who has already got 3 assist in 6 appearances this season but may now be forced to turn to former City man James Milner to fill in the spot left by Trent.
Liverpool are also without midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara which is near enough confirms a starting spot for inform scouser Curtis Jones.
Liverpool‘s impressive start has been helped by the on-fire Mohammed Salah who in 6 games has scored 5 goals and got 2 assists.
Salah has begun the season with the intent to show the rest of the league he is the player to beat to the golden boot, if he continues this fine form you wouldn’t back against him.
Salah’s importance to Liverpool is hard to put into words and the stats speak for themselves, Salah is the 5th quickest player to reach 100 Premier League goals and as a winger, this just shows the goal-scoring ability that the Egyptian has. Is Salah underrated and underappreciated?
Despite Liverpool having their star man to turn to in tough times, Manchester City have struggled when it comes to the big games when the score is tight.
Many believe this is because they don’t have a number 9 who will guarantee goals when given the opportunity.
City tried to bring in a man for this position by the name of Harry Kane but despite their £100m bid they were unable to bring to Manchester despite him publicly expressing his desire to leave.
Do City need a fully-fledged number 9 to win the Prem and Champions League?
If you are looking for some value bets for Sunday’s fixture look no more!
If you fancy City to make it back-to-back victories at Anfield but with Liverpool to score, 888sport are offering odds of 16/5 for City to win and for both teams to score.
If you feel like Salah is going to be the man for Liverpool to score 888sport are also offering odds of 9/2 for Mohammed Salah to score first and are also offering the same odds for him to score the last goal in the game.
However, if you don’t fancy Salah but fancy Virgil Van Dijk to score, surely it’ll be a header right? SkyBet have boosted the odds of him scoring a header any time from 14/1 to a huge 18/1.
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