Man City vs Liverpool: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, January 3rd 2019, @1:30
City of Manchester Stadium
Man City 2 – 1 Liverpool
The match of the season so far as the champions attempt to claw back some advantage from their Merseyside rivals.
Manchester City have endured a tough Christmas period falling to surprising defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester and have given their visitors today the impetus for the title run going into the new year. Although there is still a long way to go, Pep Guardiola will know that his side can’t afford to let Liverpool pull further away at the top of the table.
However talented he feels his squad is Jurgen Klopp must be surprised that Liverpool have been able to build such a lead at the top of the Premier League going into the New Year. The Merseyside club have concentrated on their own game while watching Manchester City experience a worrying blip but will know that three points will be still be a tough task here.
Manchester City have really missed Fernandinho over the last month or so and realised that even with their array of attacking talent it is in the middle of the pitch that they have been overrun. City have looked curiously frail at the back as well and will need to be tight against Liverpool to give their forwards a chance to win the points at the Etihad.
Without making so many headlines this season, Mo Salah has continued the form he showed last year, contributing another goal haul to give Liverpool their position at the top of the table. Manchester City will be desperate to get the win at home though and could win 2-1 in a tight affair to keep the pressure on Klopp’s side.
- Manchester City to win
It will have been a long time since Manchester City have been given these kind of odds by the sports betting sites to win a game at home – which shows how much Liverpool have challenged the champions this season.
- One goal winning margin
Although it is tempting to think that one of these sides will get a big win, it seems more likely that the game will be tight and won by the odd goal.
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Head To Head
These two shared a 0-0 draw earlier in the season and although Liverpool were successful in the Champions League tie last season, City convincingly won this fixture 5-0.
- Manchester City may have struggled with form over the past few weeks but they have kept on scoring and are still the most prolific by quite a way in the Premier League.
- One of the main reasons why Liverpool are doing so well this season is because they just haven’t let in many goals. Goalkeeper Alisson has kept 12 clean sheets.
- Liverpool play an attractive style of football that has obviously been very successful but Manchester City have completed almost 2,000 more passes over the course of the season.
- With a concentration on attacking football it is perhaps unsurprising that Manchester City’s goalkeepers have had to make the fewest amount of saves in the league.