It’s the Champions against the league leaders this Sunday in the blockbuster game at Anfield. Liverpool sit pretty at the top the table with a six point lead and will be hoping to protect that very comfortable cushion.
Manchester City haven’t been at their best lately and will need to break their Anfield hoodoo in order to take all three points. This game could prove decisive in the title race this season, even at such at early stage. Can Jurgen Klopp and his red army hold their nerve? Find out where we see the best bets for the big clash.
Liverpool v Manchester City – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Kick Off Time: 16:30 GMT
TV Channel / Live Stream: Build up to the game will start at 15.00 GMT ahead of kick-off on the Sky Sports Main event channel. You can tune in on any sky go device as well as your TV.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Liverpool v Manchester City – The Form Guide
The Reds have dropped points only once this season; in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. As a result, they have an incredible 31 points after 11 games, and a have set themselves six points above Manchester City. Liverpool keep finding ways to win this season with last weekend a shining example and their fighting spirit is what champions are made of. In saying all that, they have been riding their luck.
Klopp’s side have already claimed two stoppage times winners this season, including last weekends win over Aston Villa. Sadio Mane scored the winner in the 94th minute after Liverpool had trailed for much of the match. The Reds have struggled a little at the back this season and as a result have not kept a clean sheet in their last seven. In addition, they also haven’t kept a clean sheet at Anfield. Yet.
Manchester City have started the season poorly by their standards. The sky blues have suffered surprise losses away to new boys Norwich and on their own patch to Wolves. Yes, there have been injuries, but City don’t seem to hold the same fear factor as they have for the past few years. Similarly to Liverpool at Villa, they made hard work of Southampton at the weekend. City eventually won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker. A remarkable stat from that game was City’s shots on target; managing only 15% accuracy, with four from 26 attempts.
Pep has yet to taste victory at Anfield although he came close last season with Mahrez missing an 85th minute penalty. His team need to improve on their shooting accuracy as chances could be few and far between.
What is the Team News?
Nathaniel Clyne is the only long-term absentee for Liverpool. He would, of course unlikely have taken part with Alexander-Arnold ahead of him in the pecking order.
Joel Matip is ruled out due to a knee injury, meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri also remains sidelined with a calf injury.
There is a question mark over captain Jordan Henderson who missed Tuesdays Champions League game due to illness. He is expected to return though.
On the other hand, Pep Guardiola is short at the back with star defender Laporte out. Rodri remains missing from the midfield due to an injury.
Worryingly for city fans, David Silva suffered a muscular injury at the weekend and won’t be fit for this one. He has been instrumental for city in recent seasons and will be sorely missed.
Guardiola has confirmed that Ederson has not been able to shake off the knock he picked up mid-week against Atalanta. This is a real blow. Klopp will be rubbing his hands at the news given understudy Claudio Bravo is set to replace him. The Chilean did himself no favours with a 36-minute cameo in the Atalanta game, which saw him sent off for a needless challenge.
Liverpool Predicted line-up: Alisson, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Fabinho, Firmino, Mane, Salah.
Man City Predicted line-up: Claudio Bravo; Angelino, Otamendi, Stones, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gündoğan, B Silva; Fernandinho, Aguero, Sterling.
Liverpool v Manchester City – Goalscorer odds
Both Liverpool and Manchester City boast terrific attackers, having bagged an incredible 59 Premier League goals between this season already. Therefore, we could find value in the goalscorers market with one of the big boys likely to get the job done for the team.
The latest goalscorer odds from Bet365:
|Mohammed Salah||9/2 (5.5)||6/5 (2.2)|
|Sergio Aguero||9/2 (5.5)||6/5 (2.2)|
|Sadio Mane||11/2 (6.5)||6/4 (2.5)|
|Raheem Sterling||6/1 (7.0)||13/8 (2.62)|
|Roberto Firmino||13/2 (7.5)||15/8 (2.87)|
|Kevin De Bruyne||14/1 (15.0)||9/2 (5.5)|
|James Milner||14/1 (15.0)||9/2 (5.5)|
|Ilkay Gundogan||20/1 (21.0)||13/2 (7.5)|
James Milner to score anytime at 9/2 (5.5) looks particularly interesting as he has been the reds penalty taker of late. There are plenty of great shouts in there.
Liverpool v Manchester City Latest Odds
The betting confirms that this should be a close game. Given the news that Ederson is out, Liverpool will now start as favourites. They have shortened from 13/8 (2.62) to 6/4 (2.5) while City has been pushed out to 13/8 (2.62) with Bet365. Often in these big games, teams are scared to lose with a draw being the most common outcome. You can get a generous 5/2 for a draw with most bookies.
Liverpool v Manchester City Score Prediction
It’s difficult to look beyond a draw here. However, Manchester City are more in need of the win, and Pep has surely got to go for it. Attack is his biggest weapon; it’s unfortunate that it’s also his rivals. Manchester City certainly has the talent to beat Liverpool and if they turn it on, could snatch all three points. At the back, Manchester City is less than solid and could look weak, especially if Ederson misses out. Liverpool will punish any slip-ups, and with Mohammed Salah back in the team, goals will come. We fancy a 1-1 draw at 13/2 (7.5) with Bet365, or if you fancy longer odds 2-2 at 11/1 (12.0) could offer some value.
Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Tip
These two haven’t been at their best all season and both have shown their vulnerability, which sets this game up perfectly. There is no clear favourite and anything can happen. In addition, there will be some controversy with VAR, especially given Pep’s diving comments this week; either way we’re expecting fireworks. In conclusion, and going on Liverpool's trend so far this season, we fancy Manchester City to take the lead in the first half and Liverpool to pull it back in the second. So our pick for the game is a priced at a tasty 14/1 (15.0) with Bet365; half-time/full-time 2/X.