Bet365 offer 3/1 odds on Liverpool to beat Man City 2017-03-1918th March 2017 / lee
There is a big showdown at the Etihad on Sunday in the Premier League as the scrap for a top three place continues. Manchester City hold a one point and one place lead over Liverpool, with Pep Guardiola’s men starting the weekend in third place. However, that position will be under some serious threat on Sunday afternoon because Liverpool are the ones who are carrying the big head to head form going into this one.
With the UEFA Champions League having passed City by following their midweek exit on away goals against Monaco in a crazy 6-6 aggregate, their Premier League title hopes are in ruins as they missed the boat in a 0-0 home draw with Stoke in their last top flight game, meaning that they sit ten points behind runaway leaders Chelsea. Will they be able to defend third spot in the league on the weekend as they welcome Liverpool to the Etihad?
Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Odds
Man City 19/20, Draw 13/5, Liverpool 3/1
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So Liverpool are carrying some head to head form into this fixture and with the big 3/1 price at Bet365 on Liverpool to win, that will be a tempting proposition for punters. Liverpool have found the back of the net in each of their last 12 contests against Manchester City in all competitions and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In that twelve game sequence, the Reds have posted W6 D4 L2 record against the Citizens, scoring 23 in the process. So that’s an excellent return from them in all competitions.
But breaking it down to just the Premier league action, Liverpool have posted a W5 L1 record in their last six league games against Manchester City and they have won the last four on the bounce against them as well. So there is a lot going for Liverpool if you look at the head to head in this one and recent home victories over Tottenham and Arsenal, shows what Liverpool are capable of and they may have enough to really trouble the Citizens in Sunday’s showdown.
What will add a little weight to their case is that they have done brilliantly against the other top six sides in the Premier League this season, posting up a W5 D4 L0 in their nine games this season in such fixtures. There’s another factor as well and that is managerial. Jurgen Klopp has the proud honour of being the manager who has beaten Pep Guardiola more times than any other manager has ever done. The German has taken down Guardiola five times across all competitions including this season’s 1-0 home win at Anfield over the Citizens in the Premier League.
Sadio Mane netted a hattrick for Southampton against City last season and he is a price of 2/1 in the Bet365 anytime goalscorer market. So can they keep their winning streak over the Citizens going? This is a big game for them because in order to stay in touch with the top three they really need to roll out a win because they have played a game more than each of the three teams above them and Arsenal, just a place and five points behind them, have two games in hand over them.
So this should be a great, entertaining game at the Etihad on Sunday evening and with both sides looking far better in attack than they do in defence, should really have a good go at each other. But there is some trends that really lend themselves towards backing the visitors to go and get the win. Man City have gone unbeaten in their last five at home in the league (W4 D1) but they have only posted the one cleat sheet in that sequence and therefore Liverpool should be able to get at them. There is a quote of 4/7 at Bet365 on both teams to score and that has happened in each of the last four meetings between the two of them at the Etihad.
Manchester City v Liverpool Predictions
Can the Reds outgun the Citizens? There are clear defensive frailties going on at both ends in this one and because of that, there’s value in Liverpool being the ones to come out on top. They have proven themselves in the league against the Citizens lately and even though they haven’t gone particularly well on the road lately, Klopp’s men have shown that when it comes to the big games, they show up.