Manchester City v Liverpool: Champions League Qualification on the Line

Manchester City v Liverpool

In terms of finishing in the top four and thereby gaining entry to the Champions League for next season, this game is critical for both sides and could define where each of them finish by the end of May. Clearly it’s the biggest match in the Premier League this weekend so let’s jump in straight away and see what the bookies make of it.

Match Odds

The match itself kicks off on Sunday at 4.00pm and will be televised live by Sky Sports in the UK. Meanwhile, it’s a tight result market but one that has Manchester City as narrow favourites at Even Money with bet365 and William Hill among others.

Anyone looking to take a punt on Liverpool will find a best price of 149/50 with MarathonBet while the draw completes the result betting at 27/10 with 188Bet and 888Sport.

Games between these two haven’t always been so tight and a memorable 4-1 win here for Liverpool is evidence of that but the market suggests how hard this is to call. The form table is also very even so who are the individual players who could decide this?

Individual Goal Scorers

Head across to the first goal scorer market and you’ll find that Sergio Aguero is the clear favourite to open the scoring at a best price of 7/2 with William Hill and Betway. Will Kelechi Iheanacho start this game? The striker is often used as a substitute so his first goal price of 5/1 with SkyBet and Coral isn’t tempting us but he could be good for an anytime goal at best odds of 7/4 with SkyBet again.

Sadio Mane is the first Liverpool name on this list and be picked up at 8/1 with 32Red and 888Sport. That’s a good price for a man in form as is the 12/1 on Adam Lallana from SkyBet or William Hill and while both of those players could be tipped in the anytime markets, we’re adding Mane to our betslip at industry best odds of 14/5 with 32Red.

Other Side Bets

This game can produce goals as we saw with that 1-4 result last season. Both sides fill their starting XIs with attack minded players and there is plenty of goal threat from midfield in either camp. The overs and unders markets will therefore see lots of interest this weekend.

Over the 2.5 line should be fairly safe for this tie and it’s a popular bet, even though the best price at the moment is a relatively short odds on figure of 18/25 with MarathonBet. Moving through the common options, Both Teams to Score is on offer at a top price of 3/5 with 188Bet and it has potential to be our third tip with so much talent on display in each line up.

However, for our last suggestion we will go back to the goal scoring markets. It’s not been the best of seasons for Sergio Aguero but the Argentinian international has been back on form in recent weeks and will be keen to prove to manager Pep Guardiola that he should be the permanent first choice in this team.

Aguero to score at least twice is on offer for this one at best odds of 9/2 with Betway and this is the kind of big occasion that the striker will rise to.

As for the result, it is so tight: Manchester City should be the stronger side, they have the home advantage and have marginally better form but Liverpool look to have overcome a recent slump and wins against Arsenal and Burnley suggest they are up for this one.

You can get some enhanced odds, new customer deals around the net for either side to win it but as far as we are concerned, this has a draw written all over it.

Best Bets

  • The Draw at 27/10 with 188Bet
  • Sadio Mane to score anytime at 14/5 with 32Red
  • Sergio Aguero to score at least twice at 9/2 with Betway
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