Liverpool v Manchester City – 04.04.2018 – Betting Tip
In what may very well be the most competitive and interesting draw of the season’s UCL quarter finals, Liverpool are set to play Manchester City, with the first match scheduled for April 4th at the Anfield Road. The Reds have been in the chase for the second place in the EPL for weeks now, with the guests pretty much sealing the deal in the title race.
The two have played some interesting matches in recent months and both have exhibited an incredible amount of talent in front of the goal, meaning that any betting tips we have to make will surely include lots of goals and goal scoring opportunities. Keep reading and find out what sports betting strategies our experts believe you should employ for the first leg match between the two English giants.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been having one of their best seasons in recent times, with Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah being the main attraction, scoring goals on a whim week in and week out. The departure of Philipe Coutinho was hardly felt at Anfield and the Reds truly seem to be playing like clockwork. Their biggest misfortune this year is definitely the fact that Pep Guardiola decided to make this a dream season for Manchester City, not really giving anyone else a chance to win the EPL title.
In terms of goal scoring, Liverpool sit in second in England, far in front of the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United having scored an impressive 73 goals in 31 matches. The Reds have also conceded slightly higher than their immediate rivals in England, but this is to be expected from such an offensive squad.
Their recent results have been spectacular, barring the 2:1 defeat to Manchester United in the big derby game. Liverpool were also the only team to beat Manchester City, scoring four goals in their last encounter at Anfield.
Manchester City have been great for years, but this season has been a dream come true for the fans of the Sky Blues, who have all but locked up the EPL title with weeks to go and look more determined to finally win the UCL than ever before.
Their next obstacle on that path is certainly no pushover, as Liverpool were the only team to defeat them in Premiership all season long. The Citizens sit at the top in England with incredible 81 points from 30 games, having dropped only 9 points during the entire period.
Unlike Liverpool who have mostly focused on goals from Firminho and Salah, the entire front line of Manchester City has been working like clockwork with Aguero, Sterling, Sane, Silva and Jesus all contributing significantly to City’s success.
Their Champions League schedule so far has been somewhat easy, with a group stage which saw them drop points only to Shaktar in the last game that had no significance for them and the first playoff round pitting them against Basel, winning 4:0 in the first leg to end matters.
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Head to Head and Stats
Historically, Liverpool have been slightly more successful in the matches between these two rivals, especially at Anfield, where The Citizens have not won since 2003. The two sides have never met in the Champions League. Their last two games were proper goal fests, with Liverpool winning 4:3 at Anfield after losing 5:0 at Etihad.
Looking at the current goal scoring stats of both teams, a low scoring match looks almost impossible. Mohamed Salah is definitely one to watch in the Liverpool squad, while we could expect Guardiola to try and find a response through the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Sterling.
Our Tips and Predictions
Liverpool have been playing a great season at home and have not lost to Manchester City on this stadium since back in 2003. With all that said, it is really hard to believe that The Citizens will pull a rabbit out of the hat and actually come away with all three points.
In fact, given the high price that the betting sites in Kenya are offering on a home win (3.00), we would highly advise placing some money on Salah and his colleagues coming away with all three points. The over 2.5 goals at 1.75 looks like a steal all things considered, as we are bound to watch some offensive football with little regard to defending from either side.