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Stats support a goal-fest

| 19.03.2017

Reds fare better against the top-six

Highlight of the three live Premier League clashes this Sunday goes at the Etihad where punters have a meeting of two top-four sides in Manchester City and Liverpool. The Reds already boast a win over their opponents this season, and have an incredible record against those around them in the table, but appear to have been written off in the betting.

Can they upset the odds? Click here to place your bets on a number of markets in the Man City vs Liverpool match, including match winner, first goal scorer and both teams to score. Still undecided? We’ve run through the stats in an attempt to pick you a winner at a nice price. Read on for our findings.

With both sides struggling for defensive consistency, could we see goals galore?

Liverpool on an unbeaten run against City

Liverpool’s form against the lower-ranked sides in the Premier League looks set to cost them dear this season. Jurgen Klopp has brought the excitement back to Anfield, but this year already they have lost to Southampton, Swansea, Wolves, Hull and Leicester in all competitions. That is one Championship side, and three Premier League relegation-threatened teams.

That’s poor form, to say the least, and based on that fans would fear the worst when meeting the division’s major players. But they shouldn’t as Liverpool have beaten Chelsea 2-1, Tottenham 2-0, Man City 1-0, Arsenal 3-1 and Everton 1-0 – all top six sides going into Sunday. Knowing that, Coral’s 14/5 price tag becomes a lot more appealing.

Reds fans who like to keep a close eye on the stats sheet won’t be overawed either, with Liverpool unbeaten in the last five matches involving these sides. Incredibly, that run includes four wins. Now, isn’t that a strong pointer? They have taken their last two vs City without conceding, and those more confident in the away stand may fancy a pop at our 13/2 on Liverpool to win to nil.

Aguero to score two or more

Both to score is a regular feature

As a big believer in the stats, that certainly grabs my attention, but what seems rather more appealing is a safer pop in the both teams to score market. That would’ve turned up as a winning bet in each of the last four between the pair at the Etihad, and clicking yes in the both teams to score coupon again on Sunday will net you 8/15, which will do a job in multiples.

That trend would certainly fall into line with City’s form so far in 2017, and a look through their results shows there’s been goals from both sides in five of their last six home games in all competitions. Pep’s boys have won four of those, as they finally appear to have found their feet this season. Supporters of the locals will be delighted to see Coral handing out 12/5 on both score and City win.

If you are looking to mark the occasion with a bet at a big price, then why not try the 2-1 home win? That would’ve been paid out in half of their four Premier League home ties this year, and they also scored two when drawing with Spurs. If that’s the way of things again, 15/2 is your prize.

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Frank Monkhouse