The newly crowned Premier League champions travel to the Etihad to face the team they dethroned in what promises to be an exciting battle.
Despite Man City’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea that literally handed the title to Liverpool, the Citizens have been spectacular after the break with big wins over Arsenal and Burnley. They put that loss behind them quickly over the weekend with a 2-0 win over Newcastle in the FA Cup.
In a season they would love to also forget following an utterly dominant one-team show by Liverpool, this game will give them an opportunity to save some face against the same opponent that has dethroned them in dominant fashion.
Liverpool have been celebrating since last Thursday when City’s loss at Chelsea meant Jürgen Klopp’s side had wrapped up the title with seven games to go as they sit on 86 points and 23 points ahead of their opponents. They are on course to match or shatter City’s 2017-2018 statistically best team in English history.
Jurgen Klopp has made it clear they will not let their foot off the pedal despite winning the only trophy they can win this season.
These are the top two teams, not just on the Premiership table, but also on the scoring charts, City leading with 77 goals and Liverpool a close second with 70 goals. They are both awash with an embarrassing amount of attacking talent and like most of their encounters, another possible thriller is on the cards on Thursday night. Liverpool won the reverse game 3-1 in what marked the start of their march towards the title. Going with the conventional wisdom here, we are expecting both teams to score again and we fancy it as our initial betting tip for this game.
Yes, Thursday’s game promises to be a nail-biting end to end affair. However, picking an outright winner might be a tall order here. Neither team is willing to let their guard down. City are yet to secure 2nd place while Liverpool are playing for pride. With the level of attacking talent, we anticipate plenty of goalmouth action which could subsequently yield corners for both teams. Betway betting apps’s price of 1.93 for Over 10.5 Corners looks really appetizing and we are going for it as our second betting tip.
City will have to face the ignominy of mounting a guard of honour in their own backyard to the team that has brutally wrestled the title from them. That’s a long-held tradition and there will be all smiles and claps as Liverpool players match past. Those smiles will end when the whistle blows. If we factor in this emotional angle, we are likely to see a game that may flare some tempers. Anthony Taylor is the centre referee for this game and he is known to be no-nonsense. In his 26 EPL games this season, he averages 3.96 bookings per game and has handed out 5 red cards. We are therefore backing Over 3.5 bookings @ 1.95 as our final betting tip for this encounter.
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