Liverpool begin life without Philipe Coutinho on Sunday when they host runaway league leaders, Manchester City, at Anfield in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. These two teams are currently the most in form teams in the Premier league with four wins and a draw from their last five matches. When these sides met back in September, the game finished 5-0 to Manchester City, but in truth Liverpool were giving City a really good game before Sadio Mane was sent off for his dangerously high tackle on Ederson.
When: 4:00PM, Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England
Liverpool come into this game on a great run of form which has seen them go unbeaten in their last 17 matches in all competitions, but Jurgen Klopp knows his team will have to work hard to keep that run going against this Manchester City side. Liverpool picked up a massive 2-1 victory against Everton in their last match, with new £75m signing Virgil van Dijk grabbing a late winner to endear himself to the Reds faithful. Klopp will have to do it without Philipe Coutinho, who left the club this week to join Barcelona, but he hopes to have star man, Mohamed Salah, back for the game against Manchester City.
Manchester City are unbeaten in all domestic competitions this season and have won 20 of their 22 matches in the Premier League. They narrowly beat Bristol City 2-1 in the first leg of their EFL Cup Semi Final match on Tuesday night and it took a late goal from substitute, Sergio Aguero, to get them over the line in a tightly contested match. Aguero was rested in that game, but the Argentinian will come back into the starting line up for Sunday’s match with Gabriel Jesus sidelined through injury.
- Philipe Coutinho became the second most expensive player in history this week when he completed his move from Liverpool to Barcelona for £142m.
- Liverpool are unbeaten at home this season, but Jurgen Klopp’s side have drawn 5 of their 11 matches at Anfield.
- These 2 sides are the top 2 scorers in the Premier League and have amassed a stunning 114 goals between them in 22 matches this season.
I think we could be in for a real classic on Sunday as the two most in form teams in the Premier League meet at Anfield. Having watched Manchester City in recent weeks, I think they are beatable and if Liverpool have Mohamed Salah back for this game, then I think The Reds could well inflict City’s first defeat of the season on them. Whatever happens, I think there will be goals in this game and it’s a real tough one to call.
Betting Tips (Coral)
Manchester City start this game as slight favourites at odds of 23/20, whilst a home win for Liverpool is priced up at 2/1, with the draw available at 27/10. It’s a really tough one to call here and I wouldn’t be too confident in calling which way it’s going to go. One thing that is for certain is that there will be goals, there was five when these two sides last met and these are the two biggest scorers in the Premier League, so BTTS at 4/9 looks like a banker to me and if you fancy something a little riskier then Over 3.5 goals at 6/5 looks a good bet.
Over 3.5 Goals – 6/5 (Coral)