Manchester City vs Liverpool preview, betting tips and prediction: City have a huge mountain to climb at the Etihad

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Manchester City were on top of the world just one week ago; armed with 16-point lead atop the Premier League, they knew that beating bitter rivals Manchester United in the derby would hand them a third title, while they knew that they were favourites to progress in the Champions League all English quarter final against Liverpool. But Pep Guardiola’s side have hit the worst ebb in form since he took over at the worst possible F; not only did they surrender a two-goal lead at half time and lose to United in embarrassing fashion, but they now head into the second leg of the tie at the Etihad Stadium hoping to overturn a three-goal deficit opened up at Anfield.

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Looking at the season as a whole, City simply cannot be ruled out and there is definite value in backing a comeback that would see them progress. Guardiola, though, must get his players focussed again, because the pressure and atmosphere, two things it is fundamental to master to win the Champions League, have got the better of them twice in the last week. It is strange to see this happen now, because it has been a near-perfect season so far; a fast start and early goal can turn this tie quickly, but as they showed on Saturday, City cannot be trusted at the back and we think Liverpool will score and, therefore, progress. Take some free bets from Paddy Power!

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Never before has a Guardiola side conceded three goals in consecutive games, but that just shows how damaging this week has been for both him and City.

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Liverpool rested a number of players during Saturday’s 0-0 draw in the Merseyside Derby at Everton, but remain on course to finish in the top four.

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Manchester City have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this game, while Adam Lallana will miss the rest of the season for Liverpool.

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