Liverpool vs Manchester City
Champions League Quarter Final
Date: Wednesday, 4th April 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool).
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola renew their European rivalry when their Premier League sides Liverpool and Manchester City face-off in the quarter final of the 2017/18 Champions League.
Both teams won put their round of 16 tie to death in the first leg fixture itself, Liverpool with a 5-0 win at Porto, whereas the Citizens with a 4-0 win at Basel. However, the respective second leg turned out to be disappointing affairs as Pep’s team lost 2-1 at home while the Reds settled for a goal-less draw.
Momentum is all that matters while going into key fixtures like this and either sides have it at this point of time. Liverpool defeated Watford and Crystal Palace in back-to-back Premier League games. On the other hand, Manchester City are on consecutive away wins at Everton and Stoke City.
Also, the two teams have their key players available for this clash with Adam Lallana being the only player sidelined for the Anfield club. Sergio Aguero who picked up a knock during the international break is available for the sky blues after sitting out in the team’s weekend Premier League fixture.
All eyes will be on Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian international scored 36 goals for Liverpool this season, 6 of those came in the Champions League. But City have plenty of talented players in their ranks as well; Sergio Aguero with 30 goals and Raheem Sterling who often go un-noticed with 20 goals to his name.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Head-to-head
There is a big history between the two teams, but it will be a new chapter on Wednesday as they are going to meet for the first time in a European competition.
Overall 178 competitive meetings, Liverpool have 87 wins, while City 45 and the remaining 46 are draws.
Earlier this season, Manchester City thrashed Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad. Still the Reds bounced with a 4-3 thrilling win at Anfield this January.
Liverpool haven’t loss a home game to Manchester City since 2003, a 15 match unbeaten streak with 11 wins and 4 draws.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Prediction
This is a tight one to call to be honest with these two being the two best attacking teams in the English Premier League. Liverpool had scored 28 goals from their last 8 Champions League games and average 2.5 goals per game in Premier League. City on the other hand netted 18 times in Europe and average 2.7 goals in the domestic league this season. This is one good reason to go with both teams to score and over 2.5 goals as the primary option.
Considering Liverpool’s 15 year running unbeaten home record against the Citizens, a double chance on home win or draw seems like the next best punt.
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals @ 1.86 odd with 10Bet
Double chance – Liverpool or Draw @ 1.63 odd with the same bookmaker.
To Score anytime: Mohamed Salah @ 2.70 odd with the same firm.