By Maryam Naz
2nd January 2019
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City returned to their winning ways against Southampton last weekend, but with Liverpool cruising to a 5-1 victory against Arsenal, the Citizens will need to win this Thursday’s game to prevent the gap to the Reds sitting atop the Premier League extending to nine points.
Man City vs Liverpool: odds and predictions
The Citizens are trading as favourites at EVS in our Man City vs Liverpool predictions and betting tips, while Jurgen Klopp’s men are betting as 5/2, with the odds about a draw forecast at 11/4.
What a way to kick off the 2019 footballing calendar; the current Premier League leaders face the reigning champions, with trouble in paradise surfacing for the Citizens in the form of consecutive defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
With such an array of attacking talent on hand, you’d think that the ‘we’ll-score-more-goals-than-you’ brigade would secure Pep’s men wins against lower-league opposition, but defensive issues have led to their demise – issues that this Thursday’s opponents will look to exploit.
The Red’s top scorer, Mohamed Salah, will lead the charge, given that the Egyptian has been directly involved in five goals in his last four games against Manchester City in all competitions (three goals, two assists).
Yet while Klopp’s men have already steered their way past City’s goal difference, with 40 goals already in the bag for this season, the more attractive stat for Liverpool fans will be that they have only conceded 8 goals and face City as the league’s best defence.
Up against the likes of Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling, they will need to remain resilient if they are to keep their stellar defensive form intact.
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Man City vs Liverpool match betting: score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Liverpool to win 3-2, forecast @ 25/1
The first of our Man City vs Liverpool predictions and betting tips expects a narrow win for the Reds, despite their impressive defensive track record this season.
The odds about a 3-2 win may not look attractive, but given that the Citizen’s Catalan counterpart has lost more matches against Klopp (seven) than he has against anyone else in his managerial career, our forecast is for the away side to make it through by the skin of their teeth.
Considering that we’re forecasting Liverpool to concede twice – something they haven’t done since playing PSG in November – it may just be a little too late for Pep’s men.
After securing a hat-trick against Unai Emery’s Arsenal last weekend, the Brazilian, operating in red-hot form, is our pick to score anytime during this Thursday’s game.
The second segment of our Man City vs Liverpool predictions wagers that the highest ever scoring Brazilian in the Premier League will add to his tally of seven goals for the season against Guardiola’s men.
Indeed, Firmino has been involved in six goals in his seven Premier League games against Man City (3 goals, 3 assists) and after last week’s performance, it would be foolish not to bet on him making it onto the score-sheet.
The last instalment of our Man City vs Liverpool predictions and betting tips expects City’s highest ever goalscorer to also make the headlines, alongside the likes of Salah and Firmino.
With his pace and clinical striking abilities, Aguero could be picked ahead of Gabriel Jesus to challenge Allisson Becker’s – so far – impressive reflexes.
Considering that the Argentinian has a 100% record at home against the Reds with all six of these encounters against Liverpool resulting in goals, the 30-year-old has proved he has the verve and ability to the betting favourite in our first player to score odds.
Man City vs Liverpool stats: Opta
- Manchester City have won just one of their last 11 meetings with Liverpool in all competitions (D3 L7), although that was a 5-0 thrashing at the Etihad in the Premier League last season.
- Liverpool have only won one of their last nine league visits to the Etihad Stadium (D3 L5), winning 4-1 in Jurgen Klopp’s first away game against the Citizens since taking over the Reds. They have conceded 20 goals in those nine away games (2.2 per game).
- February 2016 was the last time Manchester City lost consecutive home Premier League games, losing to Leicester and Spurs; manager Pep Guardiola has never lost consecutive home league games as a manager.
- Man City have won their first Premier League match of the calendar year in 11 of the last 12 years – losing the other in 2012 away at Sunderland.
- Liverpool have won only five of their last 17 matches in all competitions in January (D5 L7), with the Reds losing nine of Jurgen Klopp’s 24 matches during the month (W8 D7).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.