The match of the day in the Premier League features two of the best in Europe, as Manchester City plays host to Liverpool at Etihad Stadium. If you are going to watch any match in Europe today, it has to be Manchester City and Liverpool. Liverpool are the defending EPL title holders, as they ran roughshod on the competition with a record of 32-3-3. Liverpool were basically untouchable. The closest teams to Liverpool was Manchester City.
It wasn’t particularly close, though, as Manchester City finished with a record of 26-3-9 and 81 points. However, Liverpool and Manchester City were the only clubs in the same stratosphere. Note that Manchester United was behind by a mile with a record of 18-12-8 and 66 points. That was good enough to qualify for the Champions League. However, they weren’t within shouting distance of Manchester City or Liverpool.
Manchester United has shown flashes of really good things lately, including a win over PSG in the Champions League, so maybe they’re more of a threat in this campaign. Don’t bet on it, though, as Manchester United hasn’t been as efficient in the EPL as they were in that win over PSG. Manchester United are a 3-1-3 club going into matchday eight. Southampton has already played this weekend, and carry a lead into Sunday at 5-1-2 and 16 points.
Liverpool is in a tie with Southampton and has played one less game thus far, so we might have one leader in the Premier League by the end of the day. Liverpool is going to need to get it done on the road if that’s going to happen. They’re going to a tough place to play. Despite no fans in attendance, defeating Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. A tough chore awaits, but this should be an entertaining match nonetheless. Head below for our free Manchester City vs. Liverpool pick for November 8, 2020.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool Premier League Betting Odds:
Manchester City vs. Liverpool Prediction:
Manchester City are fresh off an easy 3-0 win over Olympiacos in Champions League competition on November 3. It was a clear schooling of the Greek outfit, as Manchester City hit their target 7 times as opposed to just once for Olympiacos. Time of possession was slanted in favour of Manchester City, with 59% compared to just 41% for Olympiacos.
It was the third match in their last five that Manchester City scored 3 goals, and the fourth time in their previous six outings. If they need to, Manchester City can certainly turn up the offence and score. That was not needed against Sheffield United in their most recent EPL match.
They were well aware of the fact that they could score a goal, play keepaway, and get out of that one with a 1-0 win. It could have easily scored more than 1 goal, though. Note that Manchester City hit the net eight times and held the time of possession at 65%. I don’t believe Manchester City will be able to sit back and protect a 1 goal lead.
The Liverpool offence is far too dangerous to sit on a small lead. Liverpool is averaging 2.43 goals per match through seven matches in this campaign. Overall between the Champions League and EPL, they’ve scored at least 2 goals in four straight matches and six of their last seven. That’s some really good stuff for Liverpool.
However, Liverpool has been susceptible on the opposite end of the pitch. They’ve allowed 2.14 goals per match, and it’s been much worse on the road as a visitor. Liverpool has conceded 3 goals per match on the road this season. I think this has the makings of a 2-2 or 3-1 final score, so the OVER is probably the best play in this one.