The comforts of playing at home should do little to ease the threat of Manchester City, as Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool will be desperate to put the opening day loss to West Brom behind them (4pm, Sunday).
Liverpool were really not at the races last weekend at the Hawthorns, perhaps drawing parallels with their city rivals Everton and their notorious slow starts in the league. Rodgers’ side saw red, were wasteful in front of goal and didn’t do enough to stem the onrushing tide from the home team.
I fear for Liverpool in Sunday’s game against Man City. Despite the buys the club have made in the summer transfer window, you continue to look around the pitch for genuine inspiration. I’m not convinced Luis Suarez is the man Liverpool should rely on solely for goals – bagging 25 goals in a season doesn’t appear to be his game.
However, new recruit Joe Allen looked a positive fit in the Liverpool midfield, and Fabio Borini also looks a good buy for the Anfield club. But there’s a gulf in quality between what Liverpool will be able to put out on the pitch and what Manchester City have at their disposal. Is there ever really a great time to host a team with the attacking talents of the current Premier League champions?
Liverpool will be without Daniel Agger following his red card on the opening day and we are likely to see Jamie Carragher fill in at centre-back.
Glen Johnson is good going forward but is always suspect in his own defensive third, while the team will be hoping Steven Gerrard has more of an impact than he did away to West Brom.
Bet365’s Liverpool v Man City Betting match odds:
7/5 Man City, 2/1 Liverpool, 23/10 Draw
I see Liverpool scoring in this game, with the Anfield crowd willing the home side to convert their chances in front of goal. With that, Steven Gerrard does look a good bet to score at any time.
Unfortunately that is where any logical positives for the home side end. The bookies fancy Manchester City to come out with all three points but I thought the away team would be even shorter than 6/4 to win this match and that looks value with Stan James & Paddy Power.
Roberto Mancini’s side gave us an action replay of the final day of last season’s Premier League campaign with their rollercoaster 3-2 win over Southampton last week. But despite some weaknesses in the City back line, they are always capable of outscoring their opponents.
The visitors this weekend will be without the excellent Sergio Aguero following his knee injury last week. The Argentine landed 23 goals last season in the league alone, but there are plenty of able reinforcements in the City ranks.
I expect we’ll see Carlos Tevez in the line up again, and I would certainly fancy him to get on the score sheet, with him bagging the first goal looking an attractive bet.
Meanwhile, David Silva will pull the strings in the midfield for City. The Spaniard will be looking to put the penalty miss against Southampton behind him by unearthing corridors into the danger zones of Liverpool’s penalty area.
Manchester City are confident going forward and the team is settled. Their 3-2 final score last week does give hope to Liverpool that the defensive barriers can be broken, but it’s hard to see a win for the home side.
Brendan Rodgers is still working to get this Liverpool side playing the way he wants, but I am confident he’ll be a success in the long term. But City, even at home, has come too soon.
Liverpool v Man City Betting Tips Advice
In what could be a high-scoring game, I fancy these wagers: