Liverpool vs Manchester City preview, betting tips and prediction: Who will win this Premier League European clash?
Liverpool to win and BTTS @ 2/1 with William Hill
Facing Manchester City this season has been a daunting task for almost everyone, with only four teams beating them in three competitions. Fortunately for Liverpool, they are one of the four having taken City on at their own game at Anfield in the Premier League in January. Pep Guardiola’s men have been astonishing this term, maintaining consistent winning form and beautifully eye-catching football simultaneously to dominate almost every game.
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Most sides alter their gameplan to defend against them completely, seemingly surrendering and accepting they cannot be beaten the conventional way. There is no bigger compliment that can be paid to Guardiola’s methods than that.
In Jurgen Klopp, though, Liverpool have one of the few coaches brave enough to go toe-to-toe against Guardiola and, at home, they can do exactly the same damage to anyone as City can. Mohamed Salah is the Reds’ highest scoring debutant ever, and although this is not a Premier League meeting, it is likely going to see the two men in the race for Player of the Year, Salah and Kevin de Bruyne, go up against one another. Over two legs, City have rightly been made favourites, but given Liverpool’s ability to raise their game for the big occasion, they can take a scoring advantage to the Etihad Stadium; the away goal could be crucial, though
City may be closing in on the Premier League title and among the favourites for Champions League glory, but they lost in the last round to Basel at home, having already built up an unassailable lead.
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Liverpool, too, failed to beat Porto at home after winning 5-9 away. Circumstances may have played a part but there are things both sides can learn about each other approaching this game.
Manchester City have no fresh injury concerns, but Joe Gomez will miss out for Liverpool. Don’t miss out on Coral free bets!