Will Mo Salah’s Absence Prove Pivotal Against Manchester City?
It’s been a busy month for Premier League sides with the congested fixture list causing consternation amongst top-flight managers. Pep Guardiola is one of those who registered his displeasure at the frantic nature of the games over the Christmas period and he has lost a number of key players to injury as a result. Gabriel Jesus is out of action until at least the end of February, whilst Kyle Walker will not play any part in this contest. Benjamin Mendy and Vincent Kompany are longer-term absentees who are joined on the sidelines by Phil Foden.
Liverpool short on quality in final third
Jurgen Klopp cannot call upon Jordan Henderson or Nathaniel Clyne for this tie but the Reds’ biggest loss will be inspirational summer signing Mo Salah. The Egyptian winger has been superb since his arrival from Roma, scoring 17 times in 21 appearances and his class will be greatly missed.
Having sold Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona on January 8th, the hosts are suddenly looking a little short on quality in the final third. Salah’s absence will have had an impact on the odds for this match with the majority of the top Irish online bookmakers, as detailed here at BettingTop10, making Manchester City favourites at Anfield. Stan James have the away side priced up as 6/5 for this clash, with Liverpool available 85/40 to break City’s unbeaten run in the Premier League.
Man United looking to see off Stoke
On January 15th, Manchester United host Stoke City at Old Trafford and will be expected to take all three points against the manager-less Potters. The visitors sacked Mark Hughes following a shock FA Cup defeat to League Two Coventry on January 6th but may not have a new boss in charge ahead of kick off. The hosts have struggled for firepower over the festive period but they shouldn’t have too many problems finding a way past an accommodating Stoke defence.