Liverpool v Man City betting tips: Go for goals at Anfield
Liverpool v Man City betting tips, odds and preview
This fixture does not look as crucial in terms of the title race as might have been expected but should still be a thriller as we pick out some Liverpool v Man City betting tips.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp already feels his team’s title ambitions are over after a slow start to the season and City are odds-on favourites to add to their problems.
Sunday’s match at Anfield is live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 4.30pm.
Liverpool v Man City form
Liverpool have a game in hand but they start the day 13 points behind the defending champions following last weekend’s 3-2 loss at leaders Arsenal.
Few could have predicted such a gulf at such an early stage of the campaign given there was just one point separating them last season when Liverpool’s haul of 92 points was not enough to take the title.
Away defeats by a one-goal margin at Arsenal and Manchester United would not usually cause too much concern but draws against Fulham, Crystal Palace, Everton and Brighton mean Klopp’s men only start the weekend in the top half of the table on goal difference.
It is in defence where Liverpool have had the most issues, keeping just two clean sheets so far compared to five after the same number of games last season.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 14, 2022
City remain unbeaten and are 10/11 for a fourth straight league win but they have been prone to defensive lapses too, conceding three goals against both Newcastle and Manchester United and going 2-0 down before rescuing a 4-2 win against Crystal Palace.
With Erling Haaland in the team, City have the firepower for it not to be an issue though with the Norway international scoring 20 goals this season, including 15 in the Premier League.
Everything points to this being a high-scoring game therefore so both teams to score and over 3.5 goals at 7/5 kicks off our Liverpool v Man City betting tips.
The goals have certainly flowed when these teams have collided in recent years. City’s 4-0 win in July 2020 was the only clean sheet either team have managed in the last 10 meetings while over 3.5 goals has paid out in seven of the last eight.
The most recent encounter was in the Community Shield in July when Liverpool were 3-1 winners at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
Both Premier League games last season ended 2-2 while Liverpool were 3-2 winners in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, having led 3-0 at half-time.
The fastest hat-trick in #UCL history 👑
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 13, 2022
Liverpool’s confidence will have been given a slight boost by their 7-1 thrashing of Rangers in midweek and a much-needed return to form for hat-trick hero Mo Salah off the bench.
They face a very different standard of opponent this weekend but we still feel these teams are better matched than the odds suggest.
Can Reds stop Haaland?
Keeping Haaland quiet is undoubtedly the main issue for Liverpool’s defence but Klopp is well aware that he is far from City’s only threat.
“He’s probably the best striker in the world so we have to make sure he doesn’t get many balls. That’s what we will try,” said Klopp.
“Against City, if you close Haaland down with too many players you open up gaps for all the other world-class players. It doesn’t make life easier.”
Haaland failed to find the net in the Community Shield despite playing the full 90 minutes, with Julian Alvarez scoring City’s goal, but Liverpool are missing Joel Matip who partnered Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence that day.
🗣️ "He sets new standards."
Jurgen Klopp praises Erling Haaland and discusses when he first became aware of him 🔵💪pic.twitter.com/J4PGTY9SJo
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 14, 2022
It is not just Haaland’s goals which have been impressive. The striker also has three assists, including two for Phil Foden as both players scored a hat-trick against United.
For punters looking for a speculative wager at big odds, Coral’s Give And Take options are worth considering and we like 100/1 for Haaland to assist Foden and Foden to assist Haaland.
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson is expected to return to the starting line-up in place of Kostas Tsimikas, having made his comeback from a knee injury as a substitute at Ibrox.
Midfielder Curtis Jones could be included in the squad for the first time since the Community Shield after recovering from a shin problem.
City’s England trio of John Stones (hamstring), Kyle Walker (abdominal) and Kalvin Phillips (shoulder) remain on the sidelines.
Stones and Walker are hopeful of returning in the coming weeks but there is no clear timescale on when any of them will next be available.
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