Liverpool vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview & predictions

Liverpool vs Manchester City prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City

Within the Premier League era, every half-decade seems to have it’s defining rivalry.

Sometimes these are long established rivalries which boil to the surface once more. Others, they just happen to be the two sides who are at each other’s throats for a short window of time, such as Keegan’s Newcastle vs Fergie’s United.

Saturday’s match between Liverpool and Manchester City marks the latest instalment of the current temporary rivalry at the top of the Premier League. The Jürgen Klopp Reds are on a collision course with Pep Guardiola’s City once more.

The previous round of matches had barely finished before the tensions started to show for the City boss, with Pep calling out Mané for diving in the press. Klopp not missing a step in stating he hadn’t heard it and then promising ‘not to mention City’s tactical fouling’.

Mind Games? Directing the referee’s gaze where they feel it is needed? You be the judge of that.

It is equally tense in the respective fan bases as Liverpool fans, with their desperation to win their first league title in thirty years, meet a Manchester City fan base with desperation to be acknowledge for what they have recently achieved rather than being dismissed due to oil money.

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Who will win?

John Stones Sadio Mane Manchester City Liverpool

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 03: Sadio Mane of Liverpool shoots past Ederson of Manchester City as John Stones of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Liverpool have won six of the last seven matches at Anfield in this head-to-head. They have also won all five of their league games here this season. This sees them come into the match at 13/8 for another win.

These sides drew 1-1 when they met earlier this season in the Community Shield, before Man City eventually won by penalty shoot-out. They also drew 0-0 at Anfield last season in the league. They are 5/2 to cancel each other out once again.

Man City’s defeat of Liverpool last season ultimately proved to be the difference between the sides in the battle for the Premier League title. They come into this match knowing that only a win here keeps the destiny of this season’s title in their own hands. The are 8/5 to pick up only a second Anfield win since the early 1980’s.

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Who will score?

Sergio Aguero (pictured above) is Manchester City’s top scorer in the history of this fixture, with seven goals in fourteen league games. However, he is yet to score at Anfield in ten visits, in all competitions.

Can Kun Aguero finally break his Anfield duck? The Argentinian is 6/5 joint favourite to score in the game and 9/2 to do so as first scorer.

Roberto Firmino (pictured above) is a player who consistently causes problems for Manchester City in this fixture. He has four goals and five assists in eight league appearances against them. Although, Bobby has typically found the net more at the Etihad, scoring only two of his five goals against them at Anfield, in all competitions. The Brazilian international is 15/8 to get on the scoresheet on Sunday. Or you can back him as first scorer at 13/2.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goals against City kick-started both their 4-3 league defeat and 3-0 Champions League defeat here at the hands of the Reds. He is a goal-scoring threat from midfield that they have struggled to keep quiet in the past.

The Ox is currently banging down Klopp’s door for a league start and has four goals in his last three starts coming into this match. The England international is 15/4 to get on the scoresheet and 12/1 to do so as the first goalscorer.

Liverpool vs Manchester City: Match preview

At one point in time, this was a fixture on the calendar that would guarantee goals. Thirteen out of sixteen encounters between 25 January 2012 and 10 April 2018 registered over 2.5 goals; an average of more than 3.6 goals per game.

However, their match at Anfield last season as well as their meeting this season in the Community Shield suggests the days of an open, end-to-end, high-scoring match could be behind us.

The Reds have also shown in the past that if City decide to push up and press them high up the pitch, they will happily exploit the space offered on the counter through Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.

That said, Liverpool have scored at least two goals in each of their last twelve home matches in the Premier League. They have also shown a fragility at the back this season which could act as blood in the water for Man City.

One of the big differences we can see between the two teams when looking at the graphs are the quality of opponents each has faced. Liverpool (as shown above) have already faced most of the league’s top sides already this season.

On the other hand Manchester City (see below) have yet to face any of the current top seven and also have to visit tricky away grounds such as Brammall Lane and Turf Moor.

Liverpool vs Manchester City: A look at the visitors

Manchester City face a tough task in trying to get anything out of the Reds at their home fortress, Anfield. Liverpool are undefeated there in their last 48 league matches.

It has also historically been something of a bogey ground for the Citizens. They have just one win here in the Premier League era; a 1-2 victory back in 2002/03. Their previous victory to this was a 1-3 win here in 1981; a run of one away win in thirty-two games, in all competitions.

However, Man City have won twenty-two of their last twenty-five matches in the Premier League. They have also scored at least two goals in eleven of their last twelve.

They came here last season with a lead to protect at the top and shut the game down, happily accepting a point. What remains to be seen is whether Liverpool’s six-point lead at the top changes’ things for Pep Guardiola.

Is this now a must-win match knowing that doing so reduces the gap to three points, keeping the title in their own hands?

Or whether Pep sees it as a must-not-lose match, as a nine-point lead at this early stage could start to look insurmountable.

Liverpool team news vs Manchester City

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 04: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Nathaniel Clyne, Xheridan Shaqiri and Joel Matip are all ruled out for Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah continues to be troubled by the ankle injured in their clash with Leicester. However, having started in mid-week against Genk and coming through unscathed, he almost certainly starts again at the weekend.

After another goal-scoring start in midweek, his fourth goal in three starts, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (pictured above) seems to be the big talking point among Liverpool fans.

Will he be given the chance to terrorise City’s midfield once more, or will Klopp opt with his tried and trusted combination of Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum?

The fact that Henderson has missed a lot of training and the mid-week match due to illness would suggest there is a good chance the captain might start this one on the bench.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Manchester City

Predicted Liverpool team vs Manchester City

Predicted Liverpool team vs Manchester City

Manchester City team news vs Liverpool

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte is taken off the pitch on a stretcher after picking up an injury during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Aymeric Laporte (pictured above), Leroy Sané, Rodri, Oleksandr Zinchenko and David Silva are all ruled out for Manchester City.

Ederson was ruled out by Pep Guardiola in his press conference this week. However, we saw similar ‘mind games’ with Solskjær ruling out De Gea only to make a miraculous recovery to start against Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Therefore, don’t be completely surprised to see Brazil’s #1 and #2 goal keepers starting at the weekend at either end once more.

Predicted Manchester City team vs Liverpool

Predicted Manchester City team vs Liverpool

Predicted Manchester City team vs Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Manchester City

The latest tweets from Manchester City pre-Liverpool

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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Liverpool to beat Man City at 40/1!