After their shock defeat at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool host Champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Defeat would see the Reds lose their first two league games for the first time in over fifty years, with home games against Arsenal and Manchester United, either side of a visit to Sunderland in the forthcoming weeks.
Captain Steven Gerrard is 11.0 (10/1) across the board to open the scoring, and he, along with forward Luis Suarez and defenders Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson, who were all rested in Thursday night’s Europa League victory over Hearts, should return to the starting line-up. However, Joe Cole is set to miss out, while Daniel Agger is suspended.
Saturday’s defeat was Liverpool’s tenth in fifteen league games; though they have not lost at home in the league to this weekend’s opponents in almost decade.
However, they unsurprisingly go in to this fixture as outsiders with Ladbrokes offering the best price of 3.10 (21/10). The draw is 3.0 (2/1) with most bookmakers whilst Manchester City go in as favourites at 2.50 (6/4) with William Hill.
Roberto Mancini’s men go in to Sunday’s game without last season’s top scorer Sergio Aguero, who was stretchered off after barely fifteen minutes in to the 3-2 opening day victory over Southampton, while midfielder Gareth Barry and defender Micah Richards remain side-lined.
Aguero’s fellow countryman Carlos Tevez is set to continue leading the line, and is favourite to grab the first goal at a price of 7.0 (6/1) with Ladbrokes, though Mancini may be tempted to start with Mario Balotelli, who is a 9.0 (8/1) chance with Sporting Bet.
The corresponding fixture last season finished 1-1 last November, while the two sides also met in the League Cup semi-final, as well as City’s 3-0 victory at Eastlands in the league in January.
Another convincing win for Manchester City certainly looks tempting given the contrasting fortunes of the two sides of late, and you can back the visitors to win the game by two clear goals at a price of 7.0 (6/1) with Paddy Power.