Goals galore as top two share the points


The Racing Paper - - Football - by Mar­lon Ket­tle

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.

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