Sunday 28th February. 4:30PM. Sky Sports 1
The first domestic cup final of the season has arrived, and it should be a thrilling clash as two great clubs meet at Wembley.
Both Liverpool and Manchester City have good memories of this competition and recent years. Will Jurgen Klopp land his first trophy at Liverpool or will Manuel Pellegrini deliver another trophy before his summer exit?
Whatever happens, it should be a memorable afternoon at Wembley.
King Klopp To Work His Magic?
It hasn’t been the perfect start to life at Anfield for Klopp, but the German has enjoyed some success since replacing Brendan Rodgers. Moreover, a win at Wembley would see him achieve something that his predecessor never managed, and that’s leading the Reds to silverware.
Liverpool’s route to Wembley has been quite pleasing, and the semi-final first leg performance at Stoke was a brilliant performance. Perhaps more crucially, the Anfield club’s best result under Klopp came via that mind-blowing 4-1 league win at the Etihad. If they play like that here, they should have a great chance of winning.
The Reds have had 24 hours less preparation, but that should be compensated for by the fact their opponents played in Kiev on Wednesday night. With Daniel Sturridge back among the goals too, Liverpool can certainly be optimistic.
Liverpool will be underdogs for the final, but they’re more than capable of causing an upset to win the cup that they last lifted in 2012. Klopp will certainly have his men up for it, and that could make all the difference.
Can City Complete Perfect Week?
Last weekend, Pellegrini was hounded for dropping players against Chelsea. However, that decision was vindicated as they took charge of their Champions League encounter with Dynamo Kiev. If they can finish the week with a trophy too, then it will be the perfect response.
The Citizens will have been thrilled to see the spine of their team back together and firing on all cylinders against Kiev. If those players stamp their authority on proceedings here, then it could be another trophy under the soon to be former gaffer.
It is worth noting that City have still got some players missing, including Kevin De Bruyne. Nevertheless, the star-studded squad should be ready for this Wembley clash. Many of their players are acclimatised to playing in big matches like this too, and that could give them an extra edge against the Reds.
Whatever happens, we should be in for classic.
Liverpool v Manchester City Betting
This is a fascinating final that could go either way, but Manchester City are the clear favourites at odds of 5/4 with Bet365. Meanwhile, Liverpool can be backed at 21/10. If you think it’ll go to extra time, the draw can be backed at 12/5.
It might not be the biggest competition on the radar of these two great clubs, but you always want to win a final. As such, we think it will be a game where both teams go for attack.
The last nine head-to-head meetings have brought at least three goals, and we can’t see that trend ending here. Both teams are capable of scoring. Back them to do so with a minimum of three goals too.
Manchester City will take this game more seriously than last week’s FA Cup tie, but we think they might come up short once more.
It seems written in the stars that Klopp will win a trophy to vindicate Liverpool’s decision to replace Rodgers earlier in the campaign. We’re not gonna back them to win in 90 minutes. But we do think the Reds can lift the trophy.