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Liverpool vs. Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
08 November 2019
Sunday 10 November
Anfield - Premier League
It doesn’t get any bigger than this - Premier League leaders Liverpool host champions Manchester City as the top two go to battle at Anfield on Sunday. Both sides staged late comebacks last weekend to win 2-1 and ensure the gap between the clubs remains at six points ahead of this game.
City beat Liverpool on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Community Shield curtain-raiser at Wembley in August, while the Blues won 2-1 in the second Premier League meeting of last season following a goalless draw at Anfield. The two matches during the 2017/18 season saw 12 goals as blue thrashed red 5-0 before Liverpool gained their revenge with a 4-3 victory and Champions League quarter-final success.
With Joel Matip still injured, Jurgen Klopp looks set to continue with Dejan Lovren over Joe Gomez at centre-back. Like Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri is expected back after the next international break, but Nathaniel Clyne is a longer-term absentee for the Liverpool manager.
The visitors could be without key man David Silva for this game, while Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko are also set to miss out. With Leroy Sane out until the New Year, Aymeric Laporte is a big miss in central defence, where Fernandinho partnered John Stones last weekend.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City Preview and Predictions
No sooner had Manchester City completed their dramatic comeback against Southampton, than Pep Guardiola started stoking the fires ahead of this top-of-the-table clash. The Citizens boss accused Liverpool forward Sadio Mane of possessing a special talent for diving in his post-match interview on Saturday, kicking off the mind games in earnest.
Jurgen Klopp of course has responded by fighting fire with fire, pulling up City on the reputation they have for tactical fouls. Perhaps evidence of a growing animosity between the two leading managers in the English game, it all means this fixture is snowballing in size all the time.
Sometimes when that happens, we can end up with an anticlimactic spectacle, as happened in last season’s corresponding fixture, which ended 0-0. On the other hand, the season before saw a clutch of helter-skelter, action-packed tussles between these two wonderful footballing sides in league and cup.
There’s often little use going on past performances in these kinds of games, especially when the results have been so varied. However, the last four meetings could give us an indicator, revealing a win apiece and two draws.
The stalemate this weekend would preserve Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season, and is priced at 3.55. The Reds actually start as the 2.80 underdogs despite their home advantage, while City are available at 2.50. Considering Liverpool are at home to Genk on Tuesday in their midweek Champions League fixture, and City are away to Atalanta on Wednesday, the home win could be where the value’s at here.
0-0 draw at 13.00
We hope for an exciting game packed with goalmouth action, but last season’s corresponding fixture finished with no score, so it’s worth pointing out the odds on the same happening again this weekend.
One-goal winning margin at 2.38
This looks like it could be a tight affair, with three of the last four victories in this fixture coming via a single goal. City are 4.50 to win by one goal, while Liverpool are 4.55 for the same bet.