While Manchester City's last league game
may have been a test proper for Newcastle United, their next game; a trip to
Anfield is the League Leader’s biggest trial since their visit to Manchester
United, just don’t expect a similar scoreline.
Sunday's Premier league game between
Liverpool and Manchester City should be an absolute corker with the league
leaders looking like the truly dominant force in the EPL and Liverpool starting
to look like a top four side (again).
The biggest news of the week for Manchester
city has been their slipup in the Champions League Group Stage which saw them
defeated 2-1 by Napoli. That defeat puts them in third in Group A and in real
danger of being put out of competition. City must win in their next game
against Bayern Munich AND hope that Villarreal take something off Napoli. Roberto Mancini himself played down his team's
chances of progressing and reckons Manchester City have only got 30% chance of
making it through to the last 16 of the Champions League. So let’s concentrate
on the Premier League (FYI that’s not a direct quote from Mancini) and the
match away to Liverpool.
is where the points are
There is a whopping 12 points and 23 goals of difference between these two clubs, even though they are only separated by five
places in the table. Looking at current performance, you’d be surprised to hear
that City have only won one of their last 12 Premier League matches against
Liverpool and I feel that they'll make it 13th time Lucky as this
year’s Manchester City are a different class.
They’re already at 6/4 in the soccer odds to take
all three points from his match. Bet on goals in this match as City have scored
23 (!) goals away from home this term and Liverpool have scored eight at home ,
what's more these teams have hit the woodwork more than any other club in
division, they’ve each knocked on wood eight times this season. Over 2.5 goals
is at 4/5 while Under is at 1/1.
Liverpool will probably be a tougher test for
City than Newcastle were. They are fresh from beating Chelsea 2-1, haven't had
the inconvenience of European football to deal with midweek and are on an unbeaten
run that now stretches nine games. Also; Anfield is not an easy place to come
and win. Since the return of Kenny Dalglish in January Liverpool have lost just
one game out of the 17 they’ve played at home (a 2-0 defeat by Spurs in May).
Not to mention the fact that Liverpool haven't been beaten by either of the
teams from Manchester in their last eight meetings with them, they managed six
wins and two draws. With those facts in mind you might be tempted by a draw at 12/5
or even a Liverpool win at 7/4.
days of old…
The history books would also suggest
soccer betting on something other than an away win as Manchester City have only won once
in their last 22 trips and that was a 2-1 win in May 2003. Don't forget though
that Manchester City are rewriting history as they go this term, has anyone
forgotten about their historic 6-1 victory over Manchester United at Old
Trafford. You can pick the odds on city winning 2-1 again at 17/2 (or even 6-1
at 350/1). Before we get too bogged down in ancient history you should know
that Manchester city have scored 42 goals so far this season in just 12 games
which is the most by a top flight team for 48 years. They
have also scored three or more goals in each of their last six premiership
games and two or more goals in their last 14 league games. This is going to be
a thrilling 90 min just because it's my favourite scoreline I'd be tempted to
stick a couple of quid on a 4-3 game, that's at 80/1 for a City win and 100/1
No preview of a Manchester city game would
be complete without mention of the terrible value for money that is Carlos Tevez. So,
Blah blah Argentinian blah blah linked with AC Milan blah. Just for the sake of
mentioning a striker who isn't Carlos Tevez, it's worth noting that Liverpool's
big name signing Andy Carroll opened his Scouse account in this fixture last
April and played his part in Liverpool winning 3-0. I certainly wouldn't
recommend it but you can pick up odds of 25/1 on a 3-0 home win but maybe have
a pop at 15/8 on Carroll getting on the score sheet. Speaking of that score it
is worth mentioning that the last two times these clubs met the game ended 3-0
to the home side.
Prediction: City just keep on winning; but only just this time a 2- 1 away win