Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Tips & Preview
The 2 favourites for this season’s Premier League title meet at the Etihad as Manchester City host Liverpool. Despite going unbeaten for the first 15 games of the season, 3 losses in 5 games for Man City have allowed Liverpool to gain a 7 point lead over their rivals. Liverpool are now the only unbeaten team left in the football league, but they won’t have a tougher game than this. Earlier in the season, Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty in a 0-0 draw at Anfield, a miss that could have changed both sides’ seasons.
Manchester City Premier League Form
Last Time Out In The Premier League
After their worst run of form in over 2 years, Manchester City bounced back with a 3-1 win away at Southampton. City took an early lead after Bernardo Silva ran into the penalty area, before placing a pinpoint pass onto David Silva’s left foot, who finished into the bottom corner. Alexander Zinchenko’s error on the edge of the box gave the ball to Pierre Emerick Hojberg, who advanced to the edge of the box before smashing the ball into the top corner. After Southampton’s recent form, Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side looked like getting back into the game. 7 minutes later however, James Ward Prowse cruelly put into his own net after defending against a Raheem Sterling cross. In first half added time, Sergio Aguero completed the scoring with a well placed header. City could have added to their lead in the second half, but will be relieved to take the 3 points to get their season back on track.
Liverpool Premier League Form
Last Time Out In The Premier League
In one of the performances of the season, Liverpool dismantled Arsenal with a 5-1 win at Anfield. Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored his first Premier League goal of his career after 11 minutes to give Arsenal a shock 1-0 lead. It wouldn’t be long until Liverpool gained control, after 2 quickfire goals from Roberto Firmino made it 2-1 after 16 minutes. Sadio Mane scored after half an hour, before a late first half penalty was converted by Mo Salah. The goals slowed down in the second half, but when Liverpool were awarded another penalty, Firmino completed his hattrick. The win ensured that Liverpool stayed ahead of Manchester City, who won the next day at Southampton.
Manchester City v Liverpool Head To Head
Manchester City Wins - 54
Draws - 53
Liverpool Wins - 104
Unsurprisingly, until Manchester City’s 2008 takeover, Liverpool dominated this fixture and have racked up over 100 wins. Even in recent years, Liverpool have had the better of Manchester City when they face each other, despite not finishing above them in the league since 2009. Last season, Liverpool beat City 3 times, including the remarkable Champions League quarter finals when Liverpool won both home and away. Although Manchester City won the first game 5-0, it could be argued that Sadio Mane’s early sending off ruined the game. Liverpool are such a bogey team for Man City, that City have only beaten them 3 times in the last 4 years, an incredible stat for such a dominant side. Despite their 0-0 draw this season, there have still been 18 goals in the last 5 games.
Where To Watch Manchester City v Liverpool
Manchester City v Liverpool will be shown live on Sky Sports from 8pm on Thursday 3rd January.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
Liverpool are still unbeaten this season, but this will be their toughest match of the season so far. Expect Pep Guardiola to set his team up to beat Liverpool and gain some ground on their title rivals.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing
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