Liverpool v Man City Betting Preview | 4th April

Liverpool v Man City Betting Preview 4th April

In our Liverpool vs Man City betting preview, we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts, popular bets and more for the Wednesday night Champions League fixture.


Liverpool v Man City Betting Preview

Date: 04/04/18

Time: 19:45

Venue: Anfield

Channel: BT Sport 1

What a game this promises to be. Arguably the two most attractive sides to watch will meet over two legs in pursuit of a Champions League semi-final spot, it’s been a while since an all English affair at the latter stages of this competition and nothing grabs the attention more.

A lot is made of the atmosphere at Anfield in these big games and I do think it will play a factor here. Liverpool will want to to utilise their home advantage in this first leg and I think they’re slightly overpriced at 2/1, I expected this to be priced up as 17/10 each of two and take your pick, so I do think the value if there is any would be with the hosts but it’s so hard to back against this irresistible Man City force. Instead I’m going straight to the goal markets and the 10/11 on BTTS and Over 2.5 goals looks supremely attractive.

When you have Firmino, Salah and Mane vs Sterling, Jesus and Sane on the same pitch then it’s hard to look past an entertaining affair. I’d understand if the odds in the goal markets were shorter here, the only reason they’re as big as they are could be down to the fact this is a first leg and naturally could be a more cagey affair. Personally I think that is a bit of a myth, especially when away goals mean so much, add to that the philosophy of these two managers and the fact that a tight game is not in their DNA.

With stakes high it could make for a feisty game as well and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few cards brandished about. Both these sides also average over 7 team corners each and therefore my eyes are drawn to the 10/3 available on BTTS, 4+ corners for each team, 20+ booking points for each team which is under the ‘Request a Bet’ section on SkyBet.

Team News

Liverpool are without defenders Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez which leaves Dejan Lovren to partner Virgil Van Dijk. Emre Can and Adam Lallana are also doubtful for the hosts.

Man City will be without Sergio Aguero so Gabriel Jesus is in line to start up top. Fabian Delph is fit enough to return, as is John Stones.

Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Karius, Milner, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Firmino, Salah.

Potential Man City Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Kompany, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, David Silva, Sterling, Sane, Jesus.

Head To Head

  • Man City ran out 5-0 winners at the Etihad earlier this season but that was against 10 men for the most part and Liverpool started well in that game before the sending off. Nevertheless it was a ruthless performance from City.
  • Liverpool have been the only premier league side to beat City though and that was in a game they dominated for the first hour or so scoring 4 but letting them back into the game which ended 4-3.

Stats & Facts

  • Both these sides see an average of 3.4 goals in their games this season.
  • Jurgen Klopp has beaten Pep Guardiola more than any other manager.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in 14 at home in European competition.

Popular Bets

  • Both Teams To Score – 8/15
  • Mohamed Salah To Score – 5/4

Tom’s Picks

  • Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 goals – 10/11 (SkyBet)
  • BTTS, 4+ corners each team, 20+ booking points each team – 10/3 (SkyBet – Request a Bet)