Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Tips & Predictions - Saturday 9th November 2019

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You know the upcoming Premier League season is close when it’s time for the Community Shield. The domestic curtain raiser of English football takes to our screens this Sunday with the nation’s two best sides going head to head at Wembley.

For some, the match is little more than a glorified friendly while for others, it’s a nice early piece of silverware to add to the cabinet. Fans will continue to debate the importance of the Community Shield but what we can agree on is that it’s great to see the return of domestic action. What’s more, with these two set to battle it out for the title once again this year, there could well be psychological brownie points up for grabs, so this might have a little more spice than some Community Shield games.

Top Tips

Man City to win @ 10/11

Aguero to score anytime @ 21/20

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Liverpool News: Mane remains on holiday

Liverpool FC Corner Flag at Anfield
Göran Jönsson, Wikimedia Commons (Image Cropped)

After a long Africa Cup of Nations campaign, one that saw Senegal reach the very last stage, Sadio Mane has been enjoying a well-earned rest. The continental tournament came to an end on 19th July and Jurgen Klopp confirmed that he does not expect to see the winger back until the day after the Community Shield. This is still a short break compared to some of his colleagues but any longer would likely rule the forward out of contention for Liverpool's opening league clash of the season. Mane was the joint winner of the Golden Boot last term, so there is no doubt the Reds will miss him here but making sure he is fully fit for the league campaign will be the priority.

Klopp plays down Shield importance

One manager subscribing to the belief that this match is rather meaningless is Jurgen Klopp. The Liverpool boss, who twice beat Pep Guardiola in the German equivalent back in his Bundesliga days, views the Community Shield in an equally dim light. Speaking about the German Super Cup the former Dortmund manager said “you win it, nobody cares, you lose it and some care!” He later added that although he would play some big names, he'll be taking absolutely no risks when it comes to his team selection.

Poor pre-season but Liverpool starting to step it up

Those that know about football rarely read anything into pre-season results but there is no doubt Liverpool have not had the best of preparations. At the time of writing they have made no major signings and having let a few players go they are arguably weaker than they were in May. That won’t have pleased the fans and nor will the Reds’ warm-up results. Klopp’s men have been beaten by Dortmund and Sevilla, and thrashed 3-0, when close to full strength, by Napoli. Things improved last time out though when they saw off Lyon 3-1.

Manchester City News: South American trio return

Manchester City Playing Match Against Liverpool
Agnieszka Mieszczak, flickr (Image Cropped)

After starring for Argentina and Brazil during this summer’s Copa America, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi and Gabriel Jesus enjoyed some extra time off. Holidays now over, the trio made their way back to Manchester as Pep Guardiola stepped up his preparations for Sunday's upcoming match. All three featured in last year’s Community Shield, although Otamendi featured for only a matter of minutes, coming on as a late substitute.

Kovac apologises for Sane remarks

Earlier in the summer a confident Niko Kovac declared his side could secure a deal for Leroy Sane this transfer window. His vocal approach did not sit well with Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge though, who revealed he did not like what the Croatian said. Likely to have gotten a telling off behind the scenes, Kovac admitted he apologised directly to Guardiola while promising to 'restrain' himself in future. Having made such a U-turn, it casts doubt over whether or not the Bavarians will be able to strike an agreement for the highly talented winger.

Quiet summer for City too

By their own big-spending standards City have had a quiet summer in the transfer window. That said, many feel that midfielder Rodri, brought in for around £62m from Atletico Madrid, could prove to be a really astute signing. The Spaniard is 23 years old and should be perfect for City as a long term replacement for Fernandinho, possibly even turning out to be an upgrade on the brilliant Brazilian.

Analysis: City to take clash more seriously

Judging by Jurgen Klopp’s comments earlier in the week, the German isn’t expecting too much from this game. Although he stated he’s keen to avoid a drubbing, his interest stretches little further than this. Guardiola on the other hand named a very strong side for this match 12 months ago and seems far more interested in securing the early piece of silverware.

Reds to fall short despite Lyon improvements

After failing to win four pre-season matches, there was a small portion of Liverpool fans showing some degree of concern. A routine 3-1 win over Lyon helped put their mind at ease at least a little bit, as the Reds looked more like their usual selves despite wholesale changes at halftime.

They still look like falling short of matching what is likely to be a near full strength City side though. Roberto Firmino isn’t fully match fit, lasting just 31 minutes last time out and neither is Mohamed Salah. With the so often deadly Mane out too, it’s hard to see any other outcome than a City win (10/11) this weekend. Liverpool have some talented youngsters who will get valuable experience but they will struggle against this brilliant Guardiola outfit.

Aguero the danger

Since the start of the 2011 season, Sergio Aguero has fired in an unrivalled 43 league goals against the Premier League top six. Not one you can accuse of being a flat track bully, the Argentine is rarely any less deadly when playing on a bigger stage. He's found the net at Wembley several times in the past and Pep is very unlikely to deny him a fair shot of adding to his tally. Liverpool won't roll over for him but judging from what we've seen during pre-season, they have vulnerabilities that will allow Aguero to grab a goal (21/20) at some stage during the match.

Recent Matches

In a crucial and ultimately decisive game, Man City prevailed the last time they faced Liverpool but they’ve rarely enjoyed much success against the Merseysiders in recent seasons. January’s victory was only the second time they managed to claim a win during their last nine meetings.

3rd January 2019: Manchester City 2 – 1 Liverpool

Trailing by seven points to Liverpool in the league, this was widely considered a must win clash for City. No less frantic than it was important, both teams gave it their all with Liverpool almost taking the lead only to be denied by John Stones' goal line clearance. Having survived that scare, Sergio Aguero opened the scoring for the Citizens from a tight angle. Roberto Firmino brought the visitors back on level terms but Leroy Sane restored the hosts’ advantage 18 minutes from time, putting an end to Liverpool’s unbeaten league run and putting to bed talk that they might go the entire campaign without a defeat.

7th October 2018: Liverpool 0 – 0 Manchester City

Two star studded line-ups failed to produce a game that lived up to the pre-match hype. Many were expecting plenty of goalmouth action but instead saw a game dominated by the defenders. Alisson and Ederson were both spectators in goal, not once called into any meaningful action. There was some drama late when Virgil van Dijk was penalised for bringing down Leroy Sane inside the box but Riyad Mahrez blazed the resulting penalty over the bar.

10th April 2018: Manchester City 1 – 2 Liverpool

City needed an early goal here as they attempted to overturn a three goal deficit. They got exactly that as Gabriel Jesus fired them ahead after just two minutes. Any hopes of staging a comeback were shattered however when that man Mohamed Salah scored early in the second half. The strike effectively ended the tie but Roberto Firmino was on hand to inflict more misery on Guardiola’s men.

4th April 2018: Liverpool 3 – 0 Manchester City

This Champions League clash was expected to be a close one but Liverpool ended up blowing City away during a sensational first half performance. Absolutely shell-shocked, the visitors did begin to regain their nerve in the second half but struggled to convert possession into chances. They ended the match without registering a single shot on target, the first time they had failed to do so all season.

14th January 2018: Liverpool 4 – 3 Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s side were miles ahead at the top of the Premier League table so this loss did absolutely nothing to threaten their title push. The result did however end all hopes of the Citizens becoming the second side to enjoy an invincible Premier League season. After going 4-1 down, the league leaders did threaten to salvage a draw late on but goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero came just too late.

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