By William Hill
Last Updated: 8th November 2019
It may only be November, but Liverpool’s game with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday looks set to have a huge impact on this season’s Premier League title race.
Pep Guardiola’s side’s win against the Reds in January last season swung the title City’s way as they went on to collect the trophy for the second year in a row.
This season, Liverpool may be 11 games unbeaten and six points clear at the top, but if City can record a similar result on Sunday, there may be a few Liverpool fans starting to worry that history might repeat itself come May.
We look ahead to this crucial Premier League clash and some of the best bets surrounding the fixture.
Liverpool to leave it late once more?
Sadio Mane’s late winner against Aston Villa last weekend marked the third Premier League game in a row Liverpool have gone behind and still picked up points. Jurgen Klopp has transformed this team into one that simply doesn’t know how to lose, a trait sure to carry them a long way this season.
They conceded in the first half in all three of those games, and a City goal inside the first 30 minutes on Sunday is well-priced at 13/8, with Liverpool to come-from-behind to win, as they did against Tottenham and Villa, available at 7/2.
Somewhat overshadowed by Mohamed Salah in the last two campaigns, there’s no doubt Mane is the Reds’ standout player based on current form. The Senegalese forward has six goals and two assists in the league this season and, perhaps most impressively, his shooting accuracy is up at 48%, so if he gets a big chance expect him to take it. He’s 6/4 to score anytime.
Injury list could cost Man City
With key players such as Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and Leroy Sane all set to miss the game, the last thing Pep Guardiola would have wanted was more injury problems. David Silva is another absentee for Sunday’s match, with Ederson now also missing out after he was withdrawn at half-time in City’s Champions League draw with Atalanta in midweek.
His replacement, Claudio Bravo, looked far from secure as he conceded with his first shot faced before being sent-off in the 81st minute, meaning Kyle Walker had to fill in between the sticks. With Bravo in line to play on Sunday, Liverpool to score over 2.5 goals may well be worth a bet at 10/3.
This game hasn’t typically been the most disciplined in recent meetings, with 16 yellow cards dished out in the last three league games between the two. City picked up nine of these and have been known to commit a few tactical fouls against counter-attacking sides like Liverpool. City to get more than three total cards is, therefore, tempting at 21/10.
Raheem Sterling is City’s most potent goal threat currently, with seven league goals this season. There’s nothing he’d love more than to score the winner against his former club and bring his current employers back into the title picture. He has just one goal in 11 appearances against Liverpool, but that goal did come in August’s Community Shield game at Wembley. He’s available at 5/1 to be either the first or last goalscorer.
Liverpool to extend lead at the top
Neither side have been especially strong defensively this season – Leicester and Sheffield United have better defensive records in the Premier League – particularly when compared with last campaign, so there could be goals in this one.
Taking into account City’s injury problems, especially with Ederson not involved, Liverpool should have enough to get the result in front of their own fans. They are 8/5 for the win, with City also 8/5 and the draw at 13/5.
With our Build#YourOdds, you can get Liverpool to win, both teams to score, with Mane and Sterling scoring anytime at 10/1.