Here it is, the big one. It’s Man City v Liverpool, and we cannot wait for this one this evening! Liverpool have been winning for fun, whilst Man City have been trying to recover from some shock defeats that have seen the current title holders falter somewhat out of character. It all adds to the drama of the build up to the match.
Head back to May 2013. Man Utd have just lifted the title for an impressive 20th time, record breakers with an equally impressive history. A team that no one wanted to face and would often arrive at Old Trafford already beaten mentally. Who would have thought there would be such a shift in power between United and City. But it happened. This would be the last time that United would lift the title, and would soon be saying goodbye to their most successful manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Man City now have the fear factor and they certainly know how to use it.
Is this game a title decider? Simple answer is no, as even if Liverpool do win, they’re still able to be caught. Man City definitely have unfinished business with Liverpool having been knocked out of the Champions League quarter final last season, a competition they desperately want to win to prove they really are one of the best teams in club football.
In the previous Premier League fixture at Anfield this season it ended 0-0 with Mahrez missing a penalty that could have made a big difference for City.
Man City Premier League Home Form
22.12.2018 – LOSS – Man City 2 – 3 Crystal Palace
15.12.2018 – WIN – Man City 3 – 1 Everton
01.12.2018 – WIN – Man City 3 – 1 Bournemouth
11.11.2018 – WIN – Man City 3 – 1 Man Utd
04.11.2018 – WIN – Man City 6 – 1 Southampton
We’ve referenced it a few times now when talking about Liverpool, but what an incredible season they are having. Now at the business end of the season and they already look like a team that could win the league. Taking a look at Liverpool’s away record it becomes apparent that teams are lucky to even score against them. Out of the two sides, Liverpool are heading into this as the strongest side and maintain a 7 point gap over the title holders. It certainly feels like there is much more pressure on Man City to win this one.
Looking at the Head to Head Statistics below, it shows that Liverpool never shy away from a battle with City. Before the draw last time around, they’d won the previous three encounters. They were saved in the goaless draw by Mahrez however with that penalty miss.
Mohamed Salah is close to being the top EPL goalscorer this season with just Harry Kane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sitting above him by one goal. Salah has netted 13 goals with 7 assists so far and a 65% shots on target percentage (33 on target from 51 total shots).
Roberto Firmino is a man to watch out for too with 7 goals and 3 assists.
Liverpool Premier League Away Form
21.12.2018 – WIN – Wolves 0 – 2 Liverpool
08.12.2018 – WIN – Bournemouth 0 – 4 Liverpool
05.12.2018 – WIN – Burnley 1 – 3 Liverpool
24.11.2018 – WIN – Watford 0 – 3 Liverpool
03.11.2018 – DRAW – Arsenal 1 – 1 Liverpool
Head to Head Statistics
07.10.2018 – Liverpool 0 – 0 Man City
10.04.2018 – Man City 1 – 2 Liverpool (Champions League)
04.04.2018 – Liverpool 3 – 0 Man City (Champions League)
14.01.2018 – Liverpool 4 – 3 Man City
09.09.2017 – Man City 5 – 0 Liverpool
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 01:30 GMT 03/01/2019
Our Verdict and Best Bets
These big games have a tendency to end up being a draw after all the hype, but we’re thinking that Man City will want to send a message here and that they’ll slightly edge this one and end Liverpool’s 20 game undefeated run. The margin will probably be a narrow one, so we’re looking to back City to edge this one at 2-1.
Correct Score, Man City 2 – 1 Liverpool @ 9.50 (17/2) with William Hill.
Roberto Firmino to score at Anytime @ 4.00 (3/1) with Betfair.