Manchester City v Liverpool Preview And Betting Tips
Manchester City welcome new Premier League champions Liverpool to the Etihad on Thursday night with many wondering if the outgoing champions will form a guard of honour for Jurgen Klopp’s team. Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting preview and tips, while former players Shaun Goater and Neil Mellor give their expert opinions ahead of the game.
This is essentially a dead rubber game with Liverpool having already sealed the title, while Man City are unlikely to allow second place to slip now, though of course both sides will be keen to get one over their main domestic competitors.
We doubt this will just be a tame, bore draw given the attacking talent on display and this fixture certainly hasn’t been short on output in recent times.
Since the start of 2017/18 when Liverpool became a real force once more, six of eight clashes across all tournaments have featured a minimum of three goals at an average of 3.4 per game, with both sides scoring in four of the past five.
City may have kept three clean sheets from four matches since the restart, though these came against a hapless Arsenal, a Burnley side missing first choice strike duo Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, as well as low-scoring Newcastle.
Their other recent outing saw Chelsea down them 2-1, meaning they’ve now kept just the solitary clean sheet in 11 league matches against the top seven in the table following gameweek 31.
They also conceded in both legs of their League Cup semi-final with Man Utd, as well as their most difficult assignments in Europe against Atalanta (twice) and Real Madrid.
2pts: Liverpool + 0.25 Asian Handicap
City’s record against the top sides this term ultimately undermined any aspirations of a third straight title, going just W3-D1-L7 across those 11 league encounters with the top seven.
That includes four defeats from the last five such matches, as well as the reverse fixture at Anfield back in November, so we’re a tad surprised to see the visitors at the much larger price.
Given Liverpool have lost just one of the past seven head to heads (W4-D2-L1), they look well worth siding with on the handicap.
Roberto Firmino To Score Anytime
Liverpool also benefit from the team news. Jurgen Klopp only has a couple of minor concerns, with Joel Matip sidelined and James Milner a doubt, but with Joe Gomez and a plethora of central midfield options, that shouldn’t be a hinderance.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola is without the injured Sergio Aguero and the suspended Fernandinho, but while those absentees are a blow it’s not as though his squad doesn’t contain viable back-up options.
Roberto Firmino isn’t prolific like strike partners Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, with his contribution to the team more about clever movement and dropping deeper to link with the midfield, but the Brazilian has a fine record against City and will hope to continue that streak.
He’s now bagged four goals in nine league clashes with them, as Arsenal are the only English side he’s scored more against.
He’s demonstrated his credentials versus the top sides this term as of his 11 goals across all tournaments, six of them have come against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Leicester, Spurs or Wolves.