Match Betting (1x2)

Manchester City and Liverpool were streets ahead of the other teams in the Premier League last season, with the former claiming the Premier League title with a total of 98 points.

The Reds were a point behind and Jurgen Klopp will be keenly aware that the final outcome of the title race came down to the head-to-head record against Manchester City which saw his team come off worse.

Liverpool were lucky to land a goalless draw at Anfield considering that Riyad Mahrez missed a late penalty, while Manchester City won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium just as their Merseyside rivals were threatening to pull clear at the top.

The bookmakers still regard City as the team to beat in the Premier League considering that Pep Guardiola’s side are trading at 6/4 with BetVictor to get the better of Liverpool.

Considering the Citizens are the away team, it’s a short price and perhaps the atmosphere in this clash will be akin to a Champions League encounter where Liverpool supporters seem to act as the twelfth man.

There will certainly be people interested in backing the Reds at 7/4 to win the game considering that they have plenty about them and will be looking to boast a 100% record at Anfield throughout the campaign.

Klopp will know that establishing a big lead over opponents who have already lost games against Norwich and Wolves will be key if they are to eventually end a wait of thirty years before a title is claimed.

The draw would actually benefit Liverpool in their aim to keep Manchester City at arm’s length and you can get 13/5 about the game ending all square at Anfield.

On the basis that last season’s fixture was cagey and tight, this could be the most profitable route of all.

First Goalscorer

Unless the Liverpool front three are affected by injuries, then it’s clear that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will play in advanced wide positions, with Roberto Firmino operating in the central space.

Salah is likely to be on penalty duties unless James Milner is on the field, although Mane has the better record in 2019 when it comes to scoring the first goal of the game.

Outside of these Liverpool three, it’s unlikely we will find a First Goalscorer for the home side, although Manchester City have a greater variety of scorers and that includes Sergio Aguero who will surely get the nod for a game like this.

The Argentine has helped win numerous pieces of silverware for the Citizens and we like his chances of scoring first, while Raheem Sterling is surely due a decent game back at Anfield for once.

Sterling has often struggled against his former club although he could be a shrewd pick to find himself in a good scoring position and duly convert.

As mentioned, this fixture was tight last season and perhaps it’s worth considering No Goalscorer as an option. You will be able to get a big price about this outcome and neither team will want to experience a defeat.

Asian Handicap

The Asian Handicap market is a good option if you are leaning towards one particular team to win this clash but don’t want to commit too heavily on the basis that the game could be drawn.

We really like the prospect of backing Liverpool 0 at a shade of odds-against which means we stand to slightly more than double our money should they win the game but would get money back if the game ends all square.

Alternatively, those thinking that the home win won’t happen can back Manchester City 0 at a shade of odds-on.

Both Teams to Score

We have a fairly strong view on this market, especially after the prices emerged. The “No” option on the BTTS market is trading at 17/10 with BetVictor, although the bottom line is that only four goals were scored over two games last season.

Therefore, this looks like a far more appealing bet than the “Yes” option at 8/15 considering that the latter requires at least two goals to be scored in the game and they need to be scored by different teams.

Over / Under Goals

BetVictor go 4/6 about Over 2.5 Goals and some betting customers will cast their mind back to that pulsating encounter two years ago when Liverpool claimed a 4-3 win over Manchester City which saw the Reds go into a 4-1 lead before almost being pegged back.

If you’re expecting a similarly high-scoring clash at Anfield, then you might consider the Over 3.5 Goals quote at 31/20 with Paddy Power and it’s even possible to back Over 4.5 Goals at 4/1.

However, a shrewder option could be to back Under 2.5 Goals at 13/10 and we’re expecting this game to be lower-scoring than the odds suggest.


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