Man City v Liverpool Premier League betting preview and tips

21:00 Thu 03 Jan
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: U 2.5 Goals
Units: 3/5
Odds: +130

Could this be the game that determines the outcome of the Premier League title? It’s clearly hard to see Liverpool falling short if they come away with a maximum haul from the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, all the pressure is on Manchester City who have been playing catch-up since consecutive defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester City, with Fernandinho leaving a big hole in the defensive midfield position when he’s not available to play.

Kevin de Bruyne is still trying to achieve prime match fitness and the same applies to Sergio Aguero, with Pep Guardiola knowing that his team have to take chances against a team who have hung on to their coat tails before hitting the front over the festive period.

The problem is how to break down Liverpool who could be on course for a record number of clean sheets this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side quickly going from a maverick team playing on the front foot to a more pragmatic outfit who are determined to shut out opponents every match.

The reverse fixture ended goalless at Anfield and it’s possible that we’ll see another cagey encounter. It’s certainly a surprise to see two or less goals trading at odds-against considering that the days of high-scoring encounters might be a thing of the past when these teams meet.

After all, Liverpool have nearly shut out Spurs at Wembley and drawn with Arsenal by a 1-1 scoreline, with a draw clearly representing a strong outcome for a side who now have a cushion over their rivals.

Indeed, the team that profit most from this clash is likely to be Tottenham if the match ends all square, with City not affording to lose this match and it seems as though the champions are currently suffering from a flat spot.


BETTING TIP
Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.30 (13/10) with bet365

Team News

Man City: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Liverpool: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 31
    Ederson Moraes
  • 03
    Danilo
  • 14
    Aymeric Laporte
  • 04
    Vincent Kompany
  • 05
    John Stones
  • 21
    David Silva
  • 25
    Fernandinho
  • 20
    Bernardo Silva
  • 19
    Leroy Sane
  • 10
    Sergio Agüero
  • 07
    Raheem Sterling
  • 13
    Alisson
  • 66
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
  • 06
    Dejan Lovren
  • 04
    Virgil Van Dijk
  • 26
    Andrew Robertson
  • 05
    Georginio Wijnaldum
  • 14
    Jordan Henderson
  • 07
    James Milner
  • 11
    Mohamed Salah
  • 09
    Roberto Firmino
  • 10
    Sadio Mané

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 23 19 3 1 54:13 60
2 Manchester City 23 17 3 3 59:16 54
3 Tottenham 22 16 0 6 46:23 48
4 Chelsea 23 14 5 4 40:19 47
5 Arsenal 23 13 5 5 48:32 44
6 Manchester Unit 23 13 5 5 46:33 44
7 Watford 23 9 6 8 32:32 33
8 Wolverhampton W 23 9 5 9 27:31 32
9 Everton 23 8 7 8 33:30 31
10 Leicester 23 9 4 10 29:29 31
11 West Ham 23 9 4 10 30:34 31
12 Bournemouth 23 9 3 11 33:42 30
13 Brighton 23 7 5 11 25:32 26
14 Crystal Palace 23 6 4 13 23:32 22
15 Southampton 23 5 7 11 25:40 22
16 Burnley 23 6 4 13 23:43 22
17 Newcastle Unite 23 5 6 12 19:31 21
18 Cardiff 23 5 4 14 19:44 19
19 Fulham 23 3 5 15 21:51 14
20 Huddersfield 22 2 5 15 13:38 11