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Rupert Wyman 10th Apr 2011 - 13:28

City to silence the Kop

The news that Steven Gerrard is out for the season has dealt a blow to Kenny Dalglish who finds himself battling against an injury crisis at Anfield ahead of the visit of Man City.

The Liverpool boss is having his first difficult spell since taking over from Roy Hodgson. They crashed out of Europe recently and were beaten by West Brom last time out. Not only will they be without Gerrard for the rest season but Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly are on the treatment table whilst Aurelio and Shelvey are also doubtful for the City game.

Manchester City will provide a tough test for the depleted Reds.  Liverpool are 13/8 to get a win, the draw is 21/10 with an away win priced at 9/5. With the injury problems the visitors are sure to be well backed.

If Liverpool are to have any hope of securing an unlikely fourth place, they trail City by ten points with just seven games left, they will need to go for the win. That should lead to an open game and hopefully plenty of goals. The Reds have scored in each of their last thirteen games and City are always a goal threat.  It's 6/5 that there are three or more goals in the match.

Andy Carroll has yet to break his Anfield duck but looks to be getting to full fitness after his injury and is always a massive threat from corners and set pieces. For our Match Winner offer for this game we've enhanced the price on Carroll to score a header to 4/1.

City should be full of confidence follow their 5-0 trouncing of Sunderland last time out. Adam Johnson was instrumental in that win, opening the scoring after just nine minutes. It's 9/1 to one that he scores the first goal at Anfield.

Carlos Tevez has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances against Liverpool. The Argentinian is 5/1 to score first and 33/1 to net a hat-trick.

As always we have a range of markets to add to the enjoyment of the game. The OPTA stats show that Man City have won more penalties than any other team this season, it's 15/4 that a penalty is awarded.

They've also scored a high percentage of their goals this season in early on in the match. You can bet on the time of the first goal, it's 21/10 that it's scored in the first fifteen minutes.

If you fancy either team to dominate the game we have betting on winning both halves. It's 7/1 that Liverpool do it and 8/1 for Man City.

City don't have a great record at Anfield, they've failed to win on their last seven trips, losing five of those games.  Their record on the road this year doesn't make better reading either, they've taken just two points their last five away games.

Despite that I expect them to take advantage of an under strength Liverpool side and I would back them to win at 9/5. In the correct score market 2-1 to the visitors is an appealing 9/1.

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