Manchester City sit top of the Premier League table after seven games played, with last season’s champions dropping just two points thus far and boasting a superior goal difference to Liverpool.
They have managed to attain this lofty position without arguably their best player, with Kevin de Bruyne sidelined with a knee injury up to now although it emerged this week that the Belgian is back in training and it’s not inconceivable that he might feature on Sunday.
His team are 9/5 with bet365 to claim the spoils at Anfield in what looks to be a blockbuster affair, with the winner of this game not only landing three points but also dealing their opponents a huge psychological blow in terms of the title race.
City to Win
You can easily make a case for a City win and they’ll be keen to make amends for last season where Liverpool ran out 4-3 winners despite the visitors being the better side over the ninety minutes and staging a brilliant comeback which nearly saw them leave with a point.
There was also the Champions League quarter final tie which saw the Reds blaze out of the traps and were 3-0 up at the interval which made things unassailable for a Citizens team who simply couldn’t deal with the wave of attacks.
The atmosphere on Sunday is sure to be electric and there will be many backing Liverpool at 29/20 with William Hill who remember the way that this team dismantled City twice at Anfield last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side do always look primed for the big occasion and they were no respecters of reputation against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, with Neymar & Co largely outplayed a few weeks ago thanks to the intensity shown by the Merseyside outfit.
Liverpool managed to land a draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend and it’s hard to see them being beaten at the moment, with Paddy Power going 5/2 that the game ends all square which would probably be a better result for City who would remain top and get their hardest fixture of the season out of the way.
It’s noticeable that Raheem Sterling didn’t play well at Anfield in the fixture last term although the winger is in excellent form right now and Betfair go 15/2 that he breaks the deadlock and silences a crowd who enjoy jeering the former Liverpool player.
Salah to Score?
Perhaps this is the moment where Mohamed Salah and his twinkle toes come to the fore, with the Egyptian only a bit-part player in the success of Liverpool thus far and he’s 4/1 with Ladbrokes to score the opening goal of this clash.
Should we consider the possibility of another high-scoring affair? Ladbrokes chalk up 80/1 about a 4-3 victory for the Reds, with BetVictor going 45/1 about this game ending 3-3 and it could be no holds barred in terms of two teams going for the jugular.
We quite like BetVictor’s 16/1 about Liverpool leading at half-time before the game finishes all square, with Man City potentially having to deal with an early onslaught that might not be sustained over the ninety minutes.
It’s sure to be a Sunday afternoon treat before we head into the international break, making this match even more critical in terms of defining the Premier League title race this season.