Man City v Liverpool Betting Preview | 10th April
In our Manchester City v Liverpool betting preview we look at the most popular bets and tips along with team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts and more for the second leg of this Champions League quarter final.
Man City v Liverpool Betting Preview
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Channel: BT Sport Two
The second leg of an all but finished Champions League quarter final takes place in Manchester on Tuesday, as Manchester City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium.
Welcome may be too warm a phrase though considering the hostile greeting that City received at Anfield in the first leg. The attack on the Blues bus as it entered the stadium, deemed dangerous and describable by many, will have certainly contributed to City’s failure to impose themselves on the game in the first half. The high pressing tactics Klopp has undone City with before proved too much for Pep’s men to handle as they bowed down to a 3-0 mauling before the interval.
The decision to bring Ilkay Gundogan into a midfield diamond left City exposed down their right, with Liverpool left back Andy Robertson providing the overload on numerous occasions in the first 45 minutes. Add to that the high intensity and work rate of Liverpool’s midfield and the speed on the break of their deadly front three, Guardiola was left pondering his side’s European credentials just a quarter way through the tie. The second half was better, though it couldn’t have gotten much worse, but even the potency of City’s attack couldn’t break the Liverpool defence, their industry right across the pitch was once again was second to none.
We’re expecting Mo Salah to return following his precautionary rest from the Merseyside Derby this weekend. His pace on the break could be the deciding factor with Liverpool needing a single away goal to ultimately seal their place in the semi finals. One man who will be missing is Jordan Henderson though. The England international is absent due to suspension and I personally feel this will have a greater impact than meets the eye. He was exceptional in holding, organising and leading Liverpool’s midfield in the first leg, so it will be interesting to see who fills that role with Gigi Wijnaldum expected to be his replacement. Liverpool’s 0-0 draw against Everton on Saturday will have boosted their confidence defensively, even more so after their clean sheet against City. Virgil Van Dijk seems to have settled and is beginning to repay some of the hefty transfer fee the Reds parted with to secure his services.
The same can’t be said for Manchester City though, with their second half defensive display against neighbours United being labelled as one of the worst to be witnessed by many City fans. Shipping 3 extremely soft, avoidable, inexcusable goals resulted in a 3-2 defeat having lead the game 2-0 at half time. Their utter dominance in the first half had City fans on cloud nine as they edged agonisingly close to securing the title against their bitter rivals, but another 45 minute collapse left a sour feeling with everyone involved with the club. The question now surrounds the mentality of the players and the psychological effect that defeat may have had on the team. Can they simply shrug it off and pull off one of the greatest escapes in Champions League history? A tall order indeed, but one which might just make the last 7 days that little more bearable for Manchester City, should they be successful.
Aguero is expected to start. Delph could retain place, Kompany may miss out. Walker and De Bruyne expected to return.
Salah expected to return. Henderson suspended. Matip and Can remain sidelined.
Man City Potential Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Aguero, Sane
Liverpool Potential Starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldun, Salah, Mane, Firmino
Stats & Facts
- Liverpool are 3-0 up on aggregate after the first leg.
- Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League this season.
- That was their only win against Liverpool in 9 games in all competitions (D2 L6).
- City will become only the third club in Champions League history to overturn a 3 goal deficit from the first leg in the knockout stages – if they qualify for the semi final.
Head To Head
Man City 54 – D 52 – Liverpool – 103
Man City 4/9 – D 17/4 – Liverpool 11/2 (Sky Bet)
- Manchester City to qualify – 4/1
- Manchester City to win 3-1 – 10/1