Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 7th October 2018

The two main contenders for the Premier League title go head to head this Sunday in a game of huge importance. Expectations are high and the tension is bubbling as both clubs face the biggest game of the campaign so far. Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany declared that the match will be decided by small margins and the Belgian could well be proven right.

Revenge is most definitely on the menu for Manchester City who were thoroughly frustrated by the Reds when facing them in last season’s Champions League quarter-final. Liverpool’s 5-1 aggregate win hands Jurgen Klopp the psychological edge here but his City counterpart, Pep Guardiola, will no doubt have a trick or two up his sleeve.

Top Tips

Liverpool to win @ 6/4

Both teams to score @ 8/15

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Liverpool News: Reds in a slight rough patch

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

There’s certainly no need for Liverpool fans to be alarmed just yet but there will be some cause for concern if their winless streak continues much longer. The Reds have been unable to win their last three contests and only a late Daniel Sturridge wonder strike against Chelsea prevented it from being three consecutive defeats. Their showing against Napoli in mid-week was arguably their worst of the campaign, never clicking in attack and not calm enough with the ball. Naples is a tricky place to travel to though and a return to home is likely to see the Reds play with more confidence.

Disappointment for Kieta

Plenty of hype surrounded Naby Kieta when his move to Merseyside was announced. Since making the switch though, the Guinea international hasn’t been a regular in the starting eleven. He was an unused sub in the win over PSG but Jurgen Klopp decided to put his faith in him by handing him a start against Napoli. The midfielder would only last 19 minutes though as a back problem saw him stretchered off. The good news is that injury was far less serious than first thought, and he has not been completely ruled out of contention for this match.

Salah form becoming a concern

Sensational is one word to accurately describe Mohamed Salah’s first season at Liverpool. The Egyptian exceeded all expectations as he netted 44 goals across all competitions as well as playing a big role in so many more. We’ve yet to see him reach the same heights of last year though, his three goal tally from 762 minutes of action is most modest by his standards. Jurgen Klopp took him off in the league clash against Chelsea, how often would that have happened last season when the Reds were needing a goal? The winger looked a shadow of his former self against Napoli too as his decision making completely let him down.

Man City News: De Bruyne returns to training

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

It’s easy to forget that City have been without one of the best players in the league since mid-august, such has been their standard of play in the Premier League. Kevin de Bruyne’s absence was noticeable in the defeat to Lyon in the Champions League but otherwise the Citizens have coped well. The quality he brings can make such a difference in big games like these though and the Belgian has a slim chance of featuring after recovering sooner than expected. Pep Guardiola would love to have the midfielder at his disposal but no risks will be taken rushing him back.

City suffering from Anfield curse

It’s been over 15 years since Manchester City last recorded a league victory at Anfield. Earlier struggles can be understood but since 2011 the Citizens have been top four regulars, recording victories at grounds all over the country. It was thought Pep Guardiola might bring an end to the hoodoo but he’s lost his three trips to Anfield since making his move to City. Jurgen Klopp is one of the few managers who has enjoyed a consistent period of success over the Spaniard who needs to change his approach this time.

Analysis: Two great footballing minds meet

Pep Guardiola had few issues guiding his side to three points in big league games last season. The Spaniard won eight of the 10 clashes against top six opposition, claiming five points more than any other club. He’s produced one of the greatest sides the Premier League has ever seen but Jurgen Klopp has often managed to out-do him throughout his career. The German has come out on top seven times compared to Guardiola’s five. His tactical awareness in games like this cannot be understated and he’ll be looking to mastermind another victory here.

Anfield to make all the difference

Only one match of Liverpool’s three game winless run has come at home, a League Cup tie with Chelsea. The Reds were not at full strength for that game and their best side still retains a 100% record on home soil. Playing in front of the Kop will give the host side so much belief and the extra bit of momentum needed to narrowly win the contest (6/4). Manchester City have shone at times this season but less so in more challenging matches. Having lost to Lyon and only scraped past Hoffenheim in the Champions League, the Citizens lack that big game form.

City will set out to attack

If there’s one thing City can be expected to do in this game, it’s find the back of the net. They’ve scored in all their matches this season and are the top scorers in the division having registered 21 goals from seven matches. Sergio Aguero has been a major factor behind their ability to find the net so regularly and the Argentine has now converted in his last three appearances. With him leading the line, the visitors will ensue that Liverpool are not the only side who score in this match (8/15).

Strength in depth key for Liverpool

Liverpool had little in the way of useful substitutes last season but this time they have players that can really make a difference off the bench. This is exactly what Daniel Sturridge did last weekend against Chelsea as the striker continues his unexpected return to form. Xherdan Shaqiri is another rotation name who has regularly shone when given minutes on the pitch. The talent waiting in reserve means Liverpool have the ability to strike late and a goal being scored 76 minutes or later is something you can back at 19/20.

Recent Matches

Manchester City have finished above Liverpool for the last nine season running but the Reds have been their bogey team throughout this period. Since the 2009/10 season, Man City have beaten Liverpool six times while the Reds have come out on top on 10 occasions. It’s not a fixture the City faithful have tended to look forward to but there is some optimism this time following the slight dip in form of Jurgen Klopp’s men.

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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