|'No' in Both Teams to Score Market||6/4||Bet365|
|Under 2.5 Goals||13/10||Bet365|
The top-two sides in the English Premier League meet for the first time this season as Liverpool and Manchester City clash at Anfield on Sunday from 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports. Both go in unbeaten in their seven previous outings, will that remain the case at the final whistle?
Traders have had difficulty splitting the rivals when putting forward their pre-match betting odds with Liverpool marked up as narrow favourites, 6/4 (888Sport) against the 17/10 (Paddy Power) of their opponents.
Those who would prefer to steer clear of an unpredictable match winner market will be delighted to find hundreds of options available, including total goals, first goal scorer and number of corners. We pick through the best of what’s on offer.
The Reds carry a 6-1-0 record into Sunday’s match, 15 goals scored and only three conceded. The spare draw did come last time out when playing out a 1-1 finish at Chelsea but leaving Stamford Bridge with a point isn’t a bad result by anyone’s standards.
Eden Hazard had the locals ahead inside 25 minutes that day, netting a low strike past Alisson to break the deadlock but it was a typically tense affair with much of the play taking place in the middle of the park. It looked like the Belgian had done enough to secure his side an important victory, but Liverpool were not to be denied.
Daniel Sturridge has a habit of scoring late, important goals this term and he did the same again in London, climbing off the bench on 86 minutes to grab an equaliser on 89. Manager Jurgen Klopp thought it nothing more than his side deserved, telling the waiting media at full-time his boys played fantastic football, declaring himself happy with the result.
Manchester City travel with similar stats, winning six and drawing one, but they take confidence from a stunning September that saw them play six times in all competitions, win five, lose one and score 16 goals. The only blot on their copybook was a 2-1 reverse at the hands of Lyon in the Champions League.
The Cityzens have won each of their last four Premier League ties to move into pole position – scoring six goals more than Liverpool – but what would’ve been equally impressive to manager Pep Guardiola is how his team have defended. They won their final three matches on September without conceding, beating Cardiff 5-0 and Brighton 2-0 in the league, Oxford 3-0 on League Cup duty.
The league leaders’ last road trip took them to Wales where they hammered relegation-threatened Cardiff City in front of their own fans. The Bluebirds found themselves behind after just 32 minutes, Aguero opening the floodgates before Silva, Gundogan and a Mahrez double sealed the deal.
I know neutrals will be tuning into this match hoping to see a classic, and I hate to say it, but we’re going for a low-scoring affair. There’s too much at stake here and, following an energy-sapping midweek spent chasing points in the Champions League, both managers will be happy to keep things tight at the back, give nothing away and be prepared to punish any mistakes.
Man City’s defence has been impressive of late, while Liverpool are yet to lose a goal at home in the league. Back under 2.5 goals at 13/10 with bet365. No on the both teams to score coupon also appeals at 6/4 (bet365) or, if you’re feeling lucky, 0-0 is 16/1 (bet365).