Pool to be drained at the Etihad
Man City v Liverpool - 16:00 - live on Sky Sports 1
This Weekend's Premier League concludes at the Etihad Stadium as Man City look to close the gap on their city rivals following the Reds win at Fulham on Saturday. Following that result the lead was stretched to 10 points and there is no way that Manchester City can afford for it to stop that way. Liverpool will be no pushovers though with a mini-revival underway for Brendan Rodgers side picking up 10 points from their last 15 available, and the only loss in that was a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
Man City (17/20) saw their four game winning run in the Premier League as they failed to score against a resolute QPR side en route to a disappointing, by their high standards, 0-0 at Loftus Road. After seeing their main rival and title protagonist, Manchester United, score a late goal to win at Craven Cottage they need to respond not only with a win but with a performance that sends a message.
In a shock turn of event Man City didn't make a single signing in January preferring to let some prospects leave on loan while selling Mario Ballotelli to AC Milan, without the unpredictable Ballotelli in the squad they will be looking for someone else to provide the X-factor. The big miss for the champions will again be captain Victor Kompany who misses a third straight, while Matija Nastasic could be fit enough to start. The line should be led by Tevez (9/2 First/Last, 6/5 Anytime) and Aguero (9/2 First/Last, 6/5 Anytime) and with some decent support from David Silva (8/1 First/Last, 11/4 Anytime) they have the keys to unlock the Liverpool defence.
Liverpool (10/3, draw 5/2) bounced back from the FA Cup humbling against Oldham with a positive 2-2 against Arsenal at the Emirates. They will look back on that as 2 points dropped after taking a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back. The Reds remain a work in progress under Brendan Rodgers but they have shown signs they are going in the right direction, seven points behind a struggling Tottenham they can still have some Champions League hopes.
The main decision for Rodgers will be to decide if new signing Phillipe Coutinho (10/1 First/Last, 7/2 Anytime) goes straight into the starting line-up following his move from Inter Milan, the attacking midfield knows how to pick a pass and will provide excellent service to Luis Suarez (13/2 First/Last, 15/8 Anytime) and Daniel Sturridge (15/2 First/Last, 9/4 Anytime) during the run in, something they have been missing at times this season.
The Citizens overturned an eight point deficit in the title race last season but won't want to be chasing from too far away this time with Manchester United looking a better team for the efforts of RVP. As a result I see them going all out to beat Liverpool, and doing so comfortably, a 3-1 (12/1) or 4-1 (25/1) scoreline therefore make appeal at some big prices. I fancy there to be few goals so over 2.5 would be a banker at 13/20 (under 23/20) while both teams to score at 6/10 looks a banker too with both strikeforces capable of finding the back of the net.
As with every Premier League game we are offering an enhanced anytime wincast; for this we have chosen Sergio Aguero to score in a Man City win and enhanced it from 15/8 to 3/1 while we've boosted Luis Suarez scoring in a Liverpool win from 9/2 to 6/1.
Over 2.5 goals @ 13/20
Luis Suarez anytime @ 15/8
Worth a punt
Man City 3-1 @ 12/1
Headline offer - Aguero anytime and Man City win @ 3/1