One of the Premier League’s most marquee matchups will unfold on Thursday evening, with unfortunately not that much on the line! Aside from pride, both Manchester City and Liverpool will kick things off, but with the title and Champions League spots decided for these two proud clubs – the stakes aren’t all that high.
But to be clear, that does not by any stretch mean this matchup cannot be exciting or entertaining. And certainly, there remain great betting opportunities for what promises to be a fairly offensive showdown, between these two highly-skilled groups.
For Liverpool, they’ve already been crowned Champions, a stunning achievement given how dominant they were this campaign. It was their first Premier League title in 30 years, and they’ve clearly been far and away the best side. That said, they literally have nothing else to play for this season. They’ve been eliminated from the FA Cup and Champions League, and many anticipate this match as being the first-teamers ‘last hurrah’ before manager Jurgen Klopp gives them the rest of the summer off.
On the other side, Manchester City aren’t pleased with their Premier League run, but they still have great reason to stay in form and maintain fitness. They’re still in the FA Cup semi-finals, and still possess an excellent chance to win next month’s Champions League. Pep Guardiola knows form is imperative, so it will be interesting to see how he prepares his group for a relatively meaningless game against an important opponent in Liverpool.
For this match, lineups will be everything and team news will be pretty crucial to handicapping this contest. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the pre-game lineups, though for now – we’ve got your betting needs covered at The Sports Geek. Keep on reading beneath the posted odds for our guesses at lineup composition, as well as a betting prediction for Man City vs. Liverpool.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool Betting Odds:
Manchester City (+101)
Over 3 (-107)
Under 3 (-113)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Manchester City vs. Liverpool Pick:
Manchester City enter this game with a hunger and desire to show the footballing world that they are still the best side in England. In fact, many of their expected goal statistics and underlying numbers do exceed Liverpool’s, and they’ll also be playing hard to prevent Liverpool from exceeding their point-total record back in 2017/18.
That points record is something that Jurgen Klopp has mentioned he is keen on tracing down, though it remains to be seen if he’s willing to sacrifice the risk and health of his top players in order to secure it.
What’s fairly certain about Thursday’s clash is that Liverpool should likely employ a fairly strong lineup – at least one that does not deviate too much from their regular first-choice selections. While Joel Matip is out for Liverpool for the rest of the season, Joe Gomez will be up for the challenge of replacing him in defense. Alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk, the Reds’ defense remains an impenetrable force, and one Man City will still likely struggle to break down. Up top, the trio of Salah, Firmino, and Mane remain one of the sport’s most lethal attacks, and will be a challenge for Man City’s defense. Klopp is competitive like few other, and will definitely be gunning for a sweep over their rivals.
For Guardiola and Man City, there is still no Sergio Aguero for the Blues, so Gabriel Jesus will play the role of the lone striker up top. Man City will have an excellent midfield, one predicated on ball-winning ability and ball distribution, revolving around Rodri and Kevin de Bruyne. They should control most of the possession, but they still have questions at the back. In their last outing vs. Chelsea, they looked soft and uncertain as a back-four group, and against a free-flowing Liverpool side, don’t expect the Reds to be very forgiving if mistakes arise.
With little on the line aside from pride, expect a top-quality clash from both of these teams top talents. While it is surprising to see Man City as pretty heavy favourites in a game where it seems as if all the starters will suit up, the better value is likely lying within the goals market. With all this attacking talent on display, and little on the line – expect the usual tightness and defensive tactics to be thrown out the window. Look for goals and excitement from these supremely-skilled teams, and expect an over on Thursday.
Pick: 2-2 Draw