Manchester City vs Liverpool
English Premier League
Date: Thursday, 3 January 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester).
The Matchday No 21 will be completed on Thursday evening when Manchester City host Liverpool in the derby of the season.
A real buzz is thus expected in and around Etihad as anything but a victory leaves the reigning champions with slim chances of defending the silverware.
Liverpool escaped on a seven-point cushion at the top of the ladder thanks to City’s shocking slip-ups in recent weeks.
Pep Guardiola’s men lost three of four league matches in December. Whilst the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge could be justified, the shocking pair of last week losses to Crystal Palace (2-3) and Leicester City (2-1) certainly can’t.
However the team bounced back with a well deserved 3-1 win at the Saint Mary’s this Sunday and once again confidence is sky high with the Sky Blues.
Guardiola was proud of his team’s stern defensive line at the start of the season, but he saw a completely opposite face from his lads of late.
The Citizens allowed as many as six goals in their last four matches across all venues. Besides, they kept just one clean sheet in last eight Premier League affairs.
Manchester City vs Liverpool: Head-to-head
The head to head record is also something Liverpool will rely heavily on here.
Even though Manchester City dominated the English football in the past couple of years, they just found it impossible to beat the likes of Liverpool.
The Reds are undefeated in past five encounters with the Citizens.
The streak includes two wins in Champions League quarter-final last season.
Manchester City vs Liverpool: Prediction
Man City’s dreadful defensive form will be the music to the ears of Liverpool’s deadly attacking trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. They were all on target in a demolishing 5-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday evening at Anfield.
Bobby Firmino was the one who stole the show with a hat-trick on the occasion. Jurgen Klopp’s men previously bagged four goals past Newcastle United on Boxing Day.
Liverpool are the only team without a defeat in the league. They won 17 and drew 3 of 20 matches so far, conceding just 8 goals in the process.
Both form and H2H trend speaks in their favour and we just have to try with the draw or away win double chance as the main betting option at the odds of 1.80.
Manchester City vs Liverpool: Bet Tips
Liverpool or Draw @ 1.80 (4/5)
Liverpool Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.37 (11/8).