Goals galore as top two share the points
PREMIER LEAGUE LIVERPOOL v MAN CITY Sunday, 4.30pm, Sky
THE big guns will have to settle for a draw in what should be a thriller.
These two sides have set the standard for others to follow this season with their high energy, pressing, fluent, attacking football which is a joy to watch.
Pep Guardiola has firmly put his mark on English football like he did in Spain and Germany.
There were doubters after his first season yielded no trophies and he struggled to get his plan across but they have well and truly been dispelled with last season’s emphatic march to the title and they have continued in that vein in this campaign having dropped only two points in their first seven games.
Liverpool have improved where they have needed to this season and are almost certainly going to be the main challengers to City’s supremacy.
Jurgen Klopp got the players in he wanted to bolster not just the first team but the squad and they can finally call upon quality from the bench as demonstrated in last week’s draw with Chelsea as Daniel Sturridge came on to salvage a deserved point.
City haven’t won at Anfield since 2003 in a run that stretches 18 games and, despite wanting to avenge last season’s Campions League defeat, they will find Liverpool in no mood to give up their equally good start to the season so Betway’s 11/4 for the draw looks a decent price for a predictable outcome.
In some ways Liverpool have become City’s bogey team and no matter what they did or how they played Klopp’s Reds seemed to have them worked out.
Most games between top sides don’t match expectations but when these two meet the attacking philosophy of both managers is recognisable on the pitch and they shun safety-first ideologies of other teams who make sure they are secure before trying to win.
That they both go for the jugular means there should be goals and the fact that over 3.5 goals is priced at 13/8 with William Hill is testimony to that fact but definitely worth a wager.
One man who will be looking to continue his form is Raheem Sterling and he struggled with the boos when taking on his former employers.
He can have the last laugh by adding to his tally and the 13/5 with Unibet looks decent value.
One player who is yet to hit top gear for Liverpool is Mo Salah who has looked slightly out of sorts, especially at Stamford Bridge last weekend where he was wasteful.
The Kop idol was subbed but his manager will not lose faith and it woud be no surprise to see him rediscover his form in such a high profile game. It’s a nice 11/8 with Unibet for him to get back on the goal track.
Sterling on rise: Former Red Raheem can silence the Anfield boo boys at 13/5