Liverpool v Man City Betting Preview | 14th January
In our Liverpool v Man City betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Sunday afternoon’s mouthwatering Premier League clash.
Liverpool v Man City Betting Preview
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
Channel: Sky Sports One
Pep Guardiola takes his unbeaten Manchester City side to Merseyside on Sunday, where they take on North West neighbours Liverpool at Anfield.
Beginning with the hosts, Liverpool are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions. Their 2-1 victory at home to Everton last weekend saw new signing Vigril Van Dijk mark his debut with the winning goal. He certainly provided more solidarity in defence, though Liverpool’s overall performance left room for improvement.
The Reds will have to familiarise themselves with the club’s decision to sell Philippe Coutinho at such a pivotal part of the season before the visit of City this weekend. The Brazilian playmaker finalised his move to Barcelona this week leaving attacking duties down to the inform Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
The last time the sides met saw Mane dismissed for a high challenge on Ederson just before half time. With City already a goal up, Guardiola’s side went on to dismantle Liverpool in the second half, the game finishing 5-0. It has to be noted that the first 40 minutes of that game were extremely balanced. City managed the breakthrough but there were a number of occasions that Mohammed Salah exposed Nicolas Otamendi with his pace, drawing a tremendous save from Ederson in the process.
Pep Guardiola stated this week that his Manchester City side must change history in Merseyside on Sunday. Two victories at Anfield in 40 years has left City rueing any visit to Liverpool in recent years, this fixture ending 1-0 to the home side on New Year’s Eve last season. City’s performance that night was lacklustre at best, failing to create a single clearcut chance throughout. However, it’s been a record breaking season for Pep and his players so far, already securing the most consecutive league wins by any Premier League side in history. I personally feel that if there’s a time for City to break their Anfield hoodoo, it’s on Sunday. The performance levels they’ve displayed at times this have been breathtaking, and behind all the “money they’ve spent” – is a manager and a team of players that others can do nothing but revel at.
The expected return of David Silva will give City a huge boost going into the game. The Spaniard’s personal issues have kept him from obtaining a consistent run in the side, causing him to miss the midweek win against Bristol City. His productivity in the midfield could make the difference, something City missed in the league cup semi final on Tuesday. A midfield three of Silva, de Bruyne and Fernandinho could prove just a little too potent for the likes of Henderson, Can and Wijnaldum, though the battle out wide between Salah and Fabian Delph may also be decisive.
I do feel those are the two key areas of the pitch where this game could be won or lost. The attacking nature of both sides will always leave them with defensive frailties – but will Liverpool’s counter attacking style of play outweigh the possession based approach of Manchester City?
An intriguing contest indeed. Enjoy the game.
Salah and Sturridge both trained this week so should return. Moreno and Henderson face late fitness tests. Clyne remains sidelined.
Benjamin Mendy remains absent for City, as does Vincent Kompany. David Silva should return despite personal issues keeping him from featuring in every game. Fabian Delph should also return after being rested in midweek.
Liverpool Potential Starting XI: Mignolet, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino
Man City Potential Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva, Sane, Aguero, Sterling
Stats & Facts
- This fixture finished 1-0 to Liverpool last season on New Year’s Eve. Guardiola’s City side contributing a lacklustre performance and rarely threatened the Liverpool goal.
- Manchester City’s last win at Anfield came in 2003. A late Nicolas Anelka strike giving the visitors a 2-1 victory. That’s City’s only win in this fixture for over 30 years.
Head To Head
Liverpool 101 – D 52 – Man City 54
Liverpool 2/1 – D 11/4 – Man City 6/5 (Sky Bet)
- Over 3.5 match goals 11/10
- Correct score 2-3 18/1