Betting Tips for Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Lee Phelps

Friday, August 22, 2014 3:05 PM GMT

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 3:05 PM GMT

What a game we have in store for Monday Night Football – just a shame it’s so early in the season. One thing upper most in both managers’ minds will be: do not lose. We look at Manchester City vs. Liverpool and offer up a slew of betting tips.

The Champions started as we’ve come to expect, getting the job done against a plucky and lively Newcastle side, who ultimately didn’t have the cutting edge to beat Manchester City. Their well drilled, talented defence soaked up the Magpies’ attacks and when they were presented with chances, they took them clinically. Despite Manuel Pellegrini’s warnings about the World Cup stars not featuring in the first team for two weeks after the Community Shield, Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis were the preferred centre-backs and that is what City need to maintain clean sheets.

There is some talk of Eliaquim Mangala coming into the team on Monday against Liverpool, but I’d be surprised if Pellegrini changed a defensive set up that played well and kept a clean sheet.

Further up the field it was as expected, with flashes of nice build up play and quality finishing.

Sergio Aguero never looked like scoring in his sporadic World Cup appearances. I firmly believe if he had been in top form, Argentina may have actually won the final against Germany. Anyway, that’s been and gone. He’s got his sky blue Manchester City top on now and suddenly he starts scoring. Maybe that long contract he had just signed inspired him. Aguero had seven minutes on the pitch, two shots, both on target and scored one of them. Not bad. Maybe Edin Dzeko will be similarly inspired after putting pen to paper on a five year contract at the Etihad. He was man of the match at St James’ Park and his back-heel for Aguero’s goal was great, and I am adding him scoring to my soccer picks in this one.

Liverpool were a tad lucky to get away with the win against Southampton, but again it was about clinical finishing. The Saints had chances to score more than one, but Simon Mignolet, defensive blocks and bad finishing meant it was down to SaS to seal the win. Daniel Sturridge started the season as Liverpool fans were praying he would, by seizing the chance to be the club’s main striker. I’ve been so impressed by Raheem Sterling’s progression. He reminds me of Michael Owen when he burst on to the scene. Pace to destroy defences and a calm head in front of goal.

Goals are never in short supply in this fixture, there have been 22 in seven Premier League head-to-heads in the ‘new’ Manchester City era and 16 in the last four. However, I wonder if the fact it is so early in the season may mean both are more focussed on defending. Liverpool simply have to stop the goals going in, if they aren’t going to miss Luis Suarez’s goals. If City score two, I don’t think Liverpool can match that. The Reds only have three shots on target against Southampton after all. City had four on target at Newcastle, once again proving how crucial top level strikers are in this division.

Liverpool’s admin staff will be burning the midnight oil getting Mario Balotelli’s papers registered so he can feature in this one. The jury will remain out on whether he is a good buy. We all know he can be amazing, but is he worth the hassle? Whatever, if he appears in a red shirt on Monday split your stakes between him scoring and being red carded!  

I favour City to edge this and, because of the over 2.5 landing in all but one of the last seven in the Premier League, I’ll go 2-1, with Dzeko to score.

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