Wednesday 2nd March. 8PM. BT Sport 1
After playing out a fascinating Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, Liverpool and Manchester City meet for the second time in four days on Wednesday night. If anything, this Premier League showdown could possibly carry even greater importance.
Only a win will do for either side, which should lead to another intriguing battle as they meet at Anfield. It’s 1-1 in head-to-head encounters this season, but who will take the spoils this time?
Whatever happens, it should be another classic contest.
Reds To Bounce Back From Cup Heartbreak?
Jurgen Klopp was just a penalty shootout away from leading Liverpool to a trophy, but the Reds must now dust themselves off and turn their focus back to the job at hand. Losing Sunday’s final means that they will now to qualify for Europe through the league, unless they win the Europa League, and Wednesday’s clash against the blue half of Manchester is the perfect opportunity to get their campaign back on track.
Liverpool have enjoyed relatively OK form, but things need to improve if they’re going to climb back into the top six. However, their best performance of the campaign came against Manuel Pellegrini’s men; if they can harness that spirit here, then they’ll have a fantastic chance of claiming the three points.
The Anfield club can take heart from they way they came back from a goal down to take Sunday’s final to penalties too while the quality of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge will give the Reds ample opportunity in the attacking third.
This Liverpool side are far from perfect, but they do have the quality to clinch a vital victory here. It should be aa special atmosphere at Anfield, let’s see if they can channel that energy to inspire the win.
City Looking To Complete Hat-Trick
So far, Pellegrini’s decision to sacrifice the FA Cup against Chelsea as his side have landed a trophy and gained control of their Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev. If they can complete the hat-trick by getting their Premier League title challenge back on track at Anfield, it will be the perfect week for the Citizens.
The visitors haven’t exactly sparkled on the road and boast just 13 goals from 12 away matches. However, they have only lost three matches away from the Eithad and will always take confidence from Sunday’s victory.
City are looking far stronger with Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero back and firing on all cylinders. There’s still room for improvement, but their quality cannot be ignored. If they can reach their very peak, it will be very difficult for the hosts.
Pellegrini would love nothing more than to end his Etihad tenure with the title; a victory against Liverpool could reignite their chances.
Liverpool V Manchester City Betting
From a betting perspective, this is a difficult clash to predict and that’s reflected perfectly by the betting odds. With home advantage on their side, Liverpool are the slender favourites at 8/5 with Bet365. Meanwhile, Manchester City at 19/10 and the draw can be backed at 12/5.
Our first bet might have let us down on Sunday, but it’s hard to overlook the head-to-head stats. The 1-1 draw made it 10 BTTS winners on the spin between these sides and we think the trend will continue, especially as there’s only 90 minutes to grab the win.
However, we can’t see a repeat scoreline, which means there has to be at least three goals too.
There are a number of players capable of making the net ripple, but Aguero has to be the main candidate. The Argentina star has 14 league goals to his name already, and we can see him extending that tally here.
Even in a match as difficult as this, it’s hard to dismiss Aguero to score at 8/5, and that’s exactly where our money is going.