Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Preview – 19/03/17
Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Preview
In our Manchester City v Liverpool betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.
On Sunday afternoon this weekend in the Premier League it’s a huge top of the table clash as Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side on the trip over to the Etihad Stadium to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. These two met in the reverse fixture back on New Years Eve when Man City made the journey to Anfield. At this stage of the season, the Reds were hot on the heels of leaders Chelsea and they maintained their pursuit of Antonio Conte’s pacesetters with a narrow victory. Georginio Wijnaldum’s soaring eighth-minute header from Adam Lallana’s cross was enough to put Liverpool in second place and put a serious dent in City’s own title challenge. City, who laboured throughout, improved in the second half but never seriously threatened Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and this loss left them 10 points adrift of Chelsea. It was a surprise how such a big encounter lacked real quality throughout. So with the first ever Premier League meeting between Klopp and Guardiola ending in the Germans favour, the Spaniard will be out for revenge here.
Do City have any chance of catching Chelsea?
The home side Manchester City head into the visit of Liverpool knowing that if they are going to have any chance of trying to catch the runaway leader, then nothing other than three points is acceptable for them here. It’s not been a good week for the Blues who went crashing out of the Champions League on Wednesday evening. They headed into the second leg of their Round of 16 versus Monaco with a 5-3 lead and managed to lose. They didn’t register a single shot, on or off target in the first half and paid the price for a baffling performance. In terms of the Premier League they currently find themselves sat in third place in the table, level on points with Spurs and one ahead of their opponents. A 10 point gap still separates them and Chelsea, and it’s going to take something serious if they are going to have a chance of winning the title.
Last weekend they travelled to the Riverside Stadium to face Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough in the sixth round of the FA Cup. This turned out to be Karanka’s last game in charge at the club as he was sacked this week. David Silva scored just three minutes in from six yards out after Pablo Zabaleta had time and space to cross low from the right. Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan produced a number of fine saves to deny Silva, Leroy Sane and deflect an Aguero shot on to the post. But Sergio Aguero finally made the result safe for the visitors when he converted from Sane’s low cross to earn his side a Wembley semi-final where they will face Arsenal.
Top four is the aim for Klopp
The away side Liverpool go into the trip to Manchester City in a similar sort of boat, if they are to have any chance of catching Chelsea then a win here would be a massive step in doing so. You’d normally fancy City at home to pretty much anyone, however if you had to pick a team to beat them, Liverpool would be up there. Not only did they wipe the floor with them at the Etihad last season, but they have this knack of beating the better sides and losing against the poor ones. Which is why their fans are so frustrated, because they show how good they can be against the higher opponents, then go and lose/draw to poor sides. They currently find themselves sat in fourth place in the table, a point behind their opponents who have played one less. The real aim for the Anfield club is to finish in the top four, as they haven’t been in the Champions like for two seasons.
On Sunday afternoon they welcomed Sean Dyche’s Burnley to Anfield. It was a nightmare start for the hosts who found themselves behind after just seven minutes when Ashley Barnes turned home Matthew Lowton’s brilliant defence-splitting pass. They didn’t get themselves back on level terms up until first half stoppage time curtesy of Georginio Wijnaldum who poked home at the second attempt. The winner came on the hour mark when Emre Can fired into the bottom corner from long range to save his side the blushes.
Both teams to score (Best Priced on betfair at 6/10) – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals (Best Priced on 188bet at 9/13) – BET HERE
A goal in both halves (Best Priced on Coral at 8/13) – BET HERE
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