Bet365 offer odds of 13/8 on Man City to beat Liverpool – 2019-11-109th November 2019 / lee
Manchester City will head to Anfield on Sunday for the biggest game of the Premier League season so far. The Citizens trail league leaders Liverpool by six points and Pep Guardiola’s men can’t afford to have that gap opened up any wider.
Will the visitors be able to produce a hugely important win in the context of the Premier League title race? Bet365 have odds of 13/8 on Manchester City to beat Liverpool* (betting odds taken from BEt365 on November 8th, 2019 at 10:18 pm)
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Manchester City need a win
The Citizens have taken a win in 22 of their last 25 league games. That’s an impressive return, but three of those matches without a victory have happened this season. That has left City trialling league leaders Liverpool by six points and so this is a game of huge importance for Man City.
A win and they close the gap to three points and can go into the international break feeling a little better. Defeat and that’s a nine-point gap that they would have to close when they return. That would be an unthinkable situation for the Citizens.
So can they rally themselves and get the victory at Anfield that they so badly need? City have won their last two league away games and they are averaging three goals per game on their travels this season. Their goal-scoring ability will give them hope against a Liverpool defence which has not earned a home clean sheet this season.
Can City expose Liverpool’s defence?
Liverpool then are perfect at home this season, but they have been severely tested. They had to mount a fightback at Anfield against Aston Villa last weekend for example, after having fallen behind. Their last two wins at home have come via the penalty spot, so they have come under some pressure. Liverpool have conceded the opening goal in each of their last three league games.
So there are cracks there for Manchester City’s formidable attack to expose. That goes without question. But this is not going to be an easy feat to pull off. No-one is expecting it to be. Liverpool are unbeaten in 43 league home games and they are unbeaten in their last 20 on home soil against the Citizens as well in competitions. So that is the weight of what is facing City at Anfield.
Does Pep have the answers?
This is going to be a huge test for Pep Guardiola. Last season on the visit to Anfield there was a 0-0 draw in what was a really dour and cagey game. Manchester City, who have scored at least 2 goals in 11 of their last 12 league games, are reliable in attack, they are no so much at the back. Ahead of this game, they have lost number one keeper Ederson as well which is a huge blow.
But things like that can actually strengthen a team. It may gel the defence of City to step it up an extra level to protect Claudio Bravo who comes in to substitute. This is going to be as big of a test of Guardiola’s tactical approach as it is of his players to execute it on the day. Can City get it everything right on the day to bag those precious three points?
City’s form good enough?
City have a W4 L1 record on the road in the Premier League this season and they have been leading at the half time break in three of those five. Of the eight league wins that City have recorded this season, seven of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. So everything generally does come back around to City’s goal scoring form. That is where their power is.
Manchester City have scored in both halves in four of their five away games this season as well. Gabriel Jesus has opened the scoring in three of Manchester City’s five away games this season so that may be a trend worth having a look at as well.
No-one then, not ever Guardiola is going to expect this to be an easy game. But it should be intense, and all of the weight really is on the shoulders of the Citizens. How will the reigning champions respond? Bet365 have Man City are 13/8 to beat Liverpool* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 8th, 2019 at 6:19 p.m.)
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