The Premier League poster match this weekend sees two heavyweights going to battle as Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.
Manchester City seem to have shaken their rather slow start to the season that was punctuated by the humiliating 5-2 home loss to Leicester. They’ve responded to that by going eight games without defeat, culminating in the 3-0 win at home on Tuesday. The Citizens are only five points behind the defending champions but do have a game in hand and three points here will certainly put a dent on Liverpool’s hopes of defending their title.
Pep Guardiola was able to rest defenders Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte for that game success and he was pleased to see Gabriel Jesus mark his return from injury with a goal.
With Liverpool dealing with defensive issues and showing some vulnerabilities this season, City will smell some blood and might just go for the kill.
Liverpool’s defence of their title this season has been bumpy but they have shown tremendous character to overcome some of the early season challenges. They too had an embarrassing loss when they went down 7-2 to Aston Villa. In fact, it got worse for them as they lost their captain and defence linchpin van Dijk in the Merseyside derby that followed that Villa loss.
They, however, responded to both of these setbacks by racking up five straight wins including the spectacular 5-0 win at Atalanta in their Champions League game which took them to the top of the group with three straight clean sheet wins in the group. They also top the Premier League with 16 points from their opening seven games.
Klopp’s’ £40million summer signing Diogo Jota has been a revelation with the former Wolves forward hat-trick in Italy making it six goals in four games. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane also got their names on the scoresheet and the trio certainly will be a handful for City’s defenders.
These are two of the strongest teams in the league by all accounts. Although they both started the season in fits and starts, their recent performances show they are both getting their grove back. City have scored 23 goals in 11 games across all competitions. Liverpool have topped that with 32 in 12 games. With this in mind, we can expect an attacking fest here and we fancy both teams to score @ 1.40 with Interwetten as our first betting tip for this game.
Manchester City won both of last season’s league meetings, putting four past the Reds in the second of those meetings. Liverpool have pretty much a makeshift defence which although has held its own in their five wins, they haven’t quite faced the firepower and finishing that this City attack pose. Home grounds may have lost their edge with the lack of crowds, but it is worth noting that City have won 12 of their last 13 matches at the Etihad and have only lost once to Liverpool in their last 9 matches in the same venue. We are backing them to get their campaign back on track with a win here @ 2.05 with Interwetten bookie review for our final betting tip.
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