By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 7th October 2018
Liverpool host Manchester City on the weekend in a first bout between arguably the two strongest sides in the Premier League. The Sunday clash sees the Sky Blues visit Anfield as leaders at the top of the table with Liverpool level on points but just behind on goal difference.
Liverpool vs Man City Odds and Predictions
Jurgen Klopp’s side are placed as marginal favourites in the match-day betting with their odds of 29/20 just shorter than the 7/4 pick the William Hill traders have priced City up at as part of our Liverpool vs Man City predictions.
A sharing of the spoils of war is wagering at 13/5, but our betting prediction is Manchester City to tip the scales of history and record the first win at Anfield in the Premier League for 14 years.
City have incredulously won only once during their past 23 visits to Anfield, a 2-1 win in May 2003 when Raheem Sterling was just eight years old. Of those 23 visits, City lost 17 times.
Most recently, Liverpool swatted the Citizens aside during the Champions League quarter-finals, beating the eventual league champions 3-0 at Anfield and then 2-1 at the Etihad. That result followed a 1-0 victory over the Sky Blues in January when Guardiola’s men saw their undefeated streak come to an abrupt end.
But look no further than that same season and you’ll see City spanked Liverpool 5-0 on home turf, capitalizing on a red card for Sadio Mane to embarrass their rivals.
This match-up comes extremely early in the season – too early to be labeled a title-clash but at Game Week 8, a timely reminder of where both teams are at this stage of the season, in the first installation of our Liverpool vs Man City predictions.
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Manchester City and Liverpool in the Champions League this week:
- Pep Guardiola’s side narrowly beat Hoffenheim
- Napoli’s last-minute winner earned them all three points against the Reds
Liverpool predictions: predicted score, best bet, scorer betting
Predicted score: Man City to win 4-3, trading @ 66/1
Considering the attacking talent present in both sides, we’re tipping this game to have goals in abundance – but for City to snatch up the three points, with a narrow 4-3 win.
Previous fixtures in recent seasons have seen high-scoring matches unfold, at both Anfield and the Etihad. In fact, the past five encounters have averaged four goals a game.
Liverpool emerged as marginal winners in their 4-3 rout over City last season, and before that game, they were on the wrong end of a 5-0 trouncing from the boys in blue.
Yet, given that City have been so prolific away from home, while we’re tipping both sides to score, our Liverpool vs Man City predictions are betting that Man City will walk away as euphoric winners
Mohamed Salah has had a hand in five goals in his three games against Man City for the Reds in all competitions in 2018 (3 goals, 2 assists), scoring a goal in each encounter against the Blues.
This season, the Egyptian has struggled to convert in front of goal but in our betting projections, we’re making Salah our pick to mimic last season’s performance in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Guardiola’s side.
Predicted scorer: Sergio Aguero to score first, wagering @ 9/2
Man City striker Sergio Aguero has scored 148 Premier League goals and could become the ninth player to reach 150 in the competition.
This season, he has already scored five goals in his opening seven appearances, and with the ruthless striking ability he possesses, we’re betting on him to make it onto the scoresheet as part of our Liverpool vs Man City predictions.
Liverpool vs Man City stats: Opta
- Manchester City has lost only one of their last 25 Premier League away matches (W20 D4), though it was in this exact fixture last season (3-4).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 24 home league games, the longest current run in the Premier League (W16 D8).M
- Man City boss Pep Guardiola has lost both of his away league games against Liverpool – he’s never lost three consecutive away games against the same club in his managerial career.
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored four Premier League goals against Manchester City – only against Crystal Palace (6) does he have more in the competition.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.