By far the biggest game of the premier league season will be played at the Etihad this Sunday. Man City file out against defending Champions Liverpool, in a game that could decide who gets the early advantage in the league. Despite being 10th on the table, City head into the game with just one loss this season, and a game in hand. Liverpool on the other hand has bounced back from the embarrassing 7 - 2 loss at Aston Villa, and have been in decent form, winning 5 of their last 7 games.
Despite the fact that Liverpool are on top of the league and have scored some of the highest goals in the league (17), our odds favour City to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side. It’s not just a prediction, it’s a conclusion backed up by facts. Check out the seven (7) reasons why Liverpool will find it really hard to win and likely lose at the Etihad on Sunday.
1. Man City have not lost at home to Liverpool in 5 years
Yes, you heard it. City have won four of the last six matches against Liverpool and haven’t lost at home to the Reds since 2015. The Etihad is not one of Liverpool's best places to visit. In fact, the last time Klopp visited Manchester, he got one of his biggest losses of the season, as he left City with an unhappy four-goal deficit, despite fielding his best team. That result was the third successive time City have beaten Liverpool at the Etihad, and it will not be a shock if they do it again. betBonanza are offering Man City to Win @2.08 odds, which is one of the best in Nigeria. You can check it out.
2. Liverpool are defenseless without Van Dijk, Matip and Fabinho
You should know it all too well. One reason why Liverpool have been so dominant in recent seasons is the fact that their key players have always been fit, and the players have generally avoided those long term injuries. That seemed to have changed as three vital players defensively were sidelined. The likes of Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, and even Gabriel Jesus will definitely be happy with a Liverpool defense who have let in 15 goals in their last 7 league games. Bank on Sterling to score @2.50 odds.
3. Pep knows Liverpool are weak and will exploit it
While many are beginning to doubt the genius of Guardiola, he is still one of the most successful managers in the league. Liverpool may have won against Ajax, Midtjylland, and West ham, but those teams do not have the tactical experience of Guardiola. While City normally set up in a 4-3-3 formation, to trick Liverpool Pep may likely go for a 4-2-4 formation while on the attack, in order to overload the defense of Liverpool and cause the inexperienced Rhys Williams or Nathaniel Philips to make mistakes; and of course, we know Robertson and Alexander Arnold are wingbacks who are not always the best defensively. This Liverpool team could take a couple of goals in quick succession if the pressure is right.
4. Man City haven't lost any of their last 8 games
Man City 3 - 0 Olympiacos
Man Sheffield 0 - 1 Man City
Marseille 0 - 3 Man City
West Ham 1 - 1 Man City
Man City 3 - 1 Porto
Man City 1 - 0 Arsenal
Leeds 1 - 1 Man City
Burnley 0 - 3 Man City
This is one of the best runs of any team in the league, and Pep will be banking on his players to continue with the form and get the win.
5. Jesus is Back!
Since his arrival from Brazil, Gabriel Jesus has been one of the most important players for City. He has been tipped to replace the aging Sergio Aguero, and proved it in the game against Olympiacos where he came off the bench to score City’s 2nd goal, finding the net just 12 minutes. The presence of Jesus will give Pep more attacking options to unleash on Liverpool’s defense. betBonanza is offering Jesus to score anytime @ 2.50 odds. You can latch on to it.
While Liverpool head into the match on top of the table, it is fair to say they have been unconvincing in the league this season. Liverpool aren't the same watertight defensive unit of 2019/20, and City possesses the talent to punish Liverpool if they make any mistake. Guardiola’s side have looked much better at home and seems a good bet to pick up three points.