Liverpool v Manchester City
Sunday 7 February, 16:30
Live on Sky recreations
Title defence within the stability
Two actions ahead and another step that is huge for Liverpool sees them hanging onto their title defence by a thread – the Reds are now 18.017/1 to retain their Premier League crown – and needing to get something out of this game with Manchester City just to stay in the battle.
Liverpool’s win over City at Anfield season that is last decisive, any such thing apart from a win on Sunday might just signal the finish associated with the line with Pep Guardiola’s side seven points ahead with a casino game at your fingertips starting the competition.
He’ll have their experts, but Jurgen Klopp has really done an acceptable work maintaining the Reds within the competition this far offered they have been decimated by accidents, and tiredness told against Brighton with a lacklustre display. Klopp himself stated they have to again find that spark.
Knowing What liverpool will quite turn up literally, is an issue with this game, as certainly one of Liverpool’s new signings Ben Davies or Ozan Kabak could very well be thrust to the part to relax and play alongside either Fabinho (if he’s fit) or Jordan Henderson.
Klopp would rather their skipper returns to midfield to supply more thrust for the reason that battle that is crucial while goalkeeper Alisson is likely to return after illness and Sadio Mane has been training but will be a late call – he would be a huge addition for the Reds as they look to keep their slim title hopes alive.
A free hit for City?
Three points clear of Man Utd, seven in front of Liverpool with a game in hand on both – life’s pretty good for Guardiola after a 20-game run that is unbeaten stringing together 13 straight wins has seen them emerge once again since the people to beat.
The really were able to travel beneath the radar while Tottenham flirted with a title challenge then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered guy Utd into top spot, nevertheless the cream has risen up to the most notable plus they’ve capitalised on Liverpool’s slump to be huge title favourites.
This name cost is slightly different from City though, perhaps Guardiola has brought a leaf away from Klopp’s guide because it’s been exactly about the defence with a rejuvenated John Stones and Ruben Diaz at the center from it.
They conceded simply 13 within the league with six right sheets that are clean*) and are looking a lot more comfortable and content with winning 1-0 than they have done previously. Without any home fans, and with Liverpool hurting, this is a golden chance for Guardiola to bag his first league win at Anfield and snuff out their title challenge all in one go.
More unwanted records for Reds
City are unsurprisingly favourites for this one at
2.111/10, with Liverpool 3.412/5 but the draw is an interesting shout at 3.613/5 given the visitors don’t really need to go and win the game along with their rock-solid defensive capabilities. Liverpool
haven’t scored at home in their last three to make it 348 goalless minutes at Anfield, despite having the league’s top scorer Mohamed Salah, and if City can secure another sheet that is clean’ll be the very first time in the Reds’ history they’ve neglected to get in four right house league games.Guardiola’s part played it safe at
Anfield before because of the house environment being simply excessively for their part oftentimes, and despite there being no audience this time around their type from the sides that are bign’t been the best so he may feel a draw is enough – even though he’s not won at the ground in four attempts.City’s poor run at Anfield of one league win in 29 (W19 D9) is also something you can’t ignore and while they’d love to be the team to inflict
three straight home league defeats on Liverpool for the first time since 1963, that’s hardly top of their agenda.Goals in short supply
The team news is crucial here, then Liverpool will still fancy their chances, without them though it’ll be a big struggle and we could see a cagey game.
Even ifMane, Alisson and Fabinho can all play exhausted, assault Liverpool and then leave area for Salah in which he can nevertheless do harm, but protect well and recently the Reds have actually come to an end of some ideas, so City may well not go after broke and that brings under 2.5 objectives into play at 2.1
11/10. Which has been an effect within the last four at Anfield.The current stats would indicate a City winnings to nil, you simply can not think
Liverpool goes four house games without a goal, and a 1-1 6.5 just like it had been during the Etihad would not function as the shout that is worst in the world.Raheem Sterling is sat on 99 goals for City and he’d love to reach his century at Anfield, where he’s really struggled but will be much more comfortable without the crowd life that is making for him. He is 6.5 in the 1st goalscorer market and 2.8
9/5 anytime after bagging three in their final four.Ilkay Gundogan was an star that is unlikely City of late, with seven goals and two assists in 12 and an anytime price of 3.75
11/4 looking nice when he’s also likely on penalty duty. With
six of Liverpool’s last* that are eight( house games being all square during the break, this once again is certainly one where in fact the two edges could well get in degree at half time.(*)