Manchester City and Liverpool are bringing a spectacle this Thursday with the two most dominant teams in the English Premier League clash at Etihad. It is a dream come true for all the soccer lovers all around the world, and we simply had to to a separate preview of this event. My dear friend Kurt Boyer has delivered picks for the entire round of the EPL matches, among them this one as well, but we decided to dedicate the whole article to this spectacle. Don’t forget to look at Kurt’s predictions; all of them are on this link.
Manchester City (+105) has one thing on their mind, and that is to beat Liverpool and show the new champions that they aren’t better than them. The Premiership is more or less Citizens’ warm-up for the Champions League, but this game will be anything but that. The rivalry is just too great to play a low-intensity affair here.
Right now, City looks good with three wins and a defeat against Chelsea. Apart from that game against the Blues, in the other three, Guardiola’s crew kept its net intact and was pretty confident in all aspects of the game. Three teams who were beaten then were Arsenal, Burnley, and Newcastle in the FA Cup.
On the other side, Liverpool (+230) played just two games, first against Everton 0-0, and later vs. Crystal Palace, 4-0, and unlike City, this is the finale of the season for them. Why?
Well, in order to be one of the legit contenders for history books, this team has to beat its greatest rival, which is City. They did that in the opening part of the season, but defeating the Sky-Blues at home would definitely establish this Reds’ team as one of the best ever.
L’pool doesn’t have the Champions League, doesn’t have anything else but this competition, so we can guess what the mindset is in their locker room regarding this event.
Aguero is out due to his knee. Fernandinho is also injured, and apart from these two guys, evey other important players of the Citizens are ready to go.
As for Liverpool, Matip, Shaqiri, Clyne, and Milner are injured, which is a problem for the guests, but not something Klopp can’t solve.
Head to Head
Liverpool is superior when looking at the overall record. The Reds have 105 triumphs, Manchester City 56, while 53 events didn’t have any winners.
The first game of this year’s campaign ended with 3-1 for the Reds. The hosts executed a one-two punch with Fabinho and Salah netting in the 6th and 13th minutes. Mane increased the lead shortly after the start of the second half, and Bernardo Silva saved the honor of the guests.
Klopp will attack, meaning that he would dictate the tempo, same as Guardiola. Apart from the reputation, there is nothing else at stake here, which opens up a nice possibility for scoring. Our first suggestion is to bet on high efficiency, and specifically over 1.5 HT. Moneyline there is +125 for this, and we strongly recommend trying it.
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