At last, it’s the contest we’ve been waiting for all season; the galatic battle between two of the biggest stars in the footballing sky. Despite both sides experiencing some shaky early season form, most people would still agree that the Premier League title will end up in the hands of either Manchester City or Liverpool come the end of the campaign.
This makes Sunday’s game one of the most important fixtures of the year. Matches of this magnitude are always tough to call and if you are struggling to select your bet for this weekend, PlayersBest is here to help. We’re blessed with an expert team with the very best football knowledge in the galaxy so you can count on us to offer some sound advice.
Manchester City’s start to the Premier League season has been, to put it mildly, disappointing. After six games, Pep Guardiola’s side currently sit 10th in the table having failed to win exactly half of their matches so far. The Citizens’ continue to look shaky at the back – shipping no less than five goals against Leicester recently – and have looked strangely pedestrian going forward as well. The sooner Sergio Aguero returns from injury the better, but for now they will need Gabriel Jesus to step up to the plate to have any chance of beating Liverpool.
With City looking so weak, you may be forgiven for thinking that this will be a straightforward victory for Liverpool. The Reds are currently top of the table on 16 points and one horrific 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa aside, they have looked fairly comfortable so far. However, the recent injury to talisman Virgil van Dijk could play a key role in proceedings. The Dutchman has helped his side record an exemplary defensive record in past seasons and keeping Guardiola’s wealth of offensive talent in check without him will be quite the challenge.
As two stalwarts of the English game, it will come as no surprise that City and Liverpool have met many times previously. Overall, Klopp’s Reds have enjoyed a significant historical advantage, winning 105 of the matchups compared to City’s 57. 53 of the previous games have ended in a draw. However, the most recent meetings between the pair suggest a far more even balance of power. In the last 10 contests, each team has won four each while two have ended all square. On Sunday, Liverpool will also be motivated by the 4-0 thrashing City subjected them to last season which somewhat spoiled their mood so soon after being crowned Premier League champions.
If you want to take your football betting to the stars, it is vital that you start considering how some key stats could affect a match. Here are some of the most revealing statistical highlights we could pick out for Sunday’s contest at the Etihad Stadium.
Having conducted extensive analysis, we simply cannot look past Liverpool for this particular contest. We’re backing them to secure a victory but we also think both teams will score.
Although City will be chomping at the bit to prove their doubters wrong we firmly believe that Liverpool will come out on top on Sunday and send out a serious message to the rest of the Premier League in the process.
The Reds’ front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane remains one of the very best in Europe. Add to that the recent form of new arrival Diogo Jota and the Reds have a fearsome attack that is bound to cause Guardiola’s leaky defence all sorts of problems.
Saying that, do not expect the game to be a landslide. Without Virgil van Dijk to shore things up at the back, Liverpool’s makeshift defence is unlikely to be able to stem the tide of the City attack for the full 90 minutes. This is where our BTTS tip comes into things.
Our tip is currently being offered by William Hill at odds of 4/1.
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