Table-topping Liverpool is edging ever closer to their first ever Premier League championship. But before the Reds can start celebrating, they still need to see off fellow title contenders Manchester City, who are not ready to cede the title at Anfield this Sunday.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City Betting Preview
When: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 8:30 AM EST
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
Line: Manchester City (+173) at Liverpool (+120); Tie: +245; Total: 3.0 – view lines here
Betting on Liverpool
Liverpool is unbeaten (12 wins and two draws) in 14 games in 2014, and is currently on a nine-game winning streak. Captain Steven Gerrard has been spot on with six goals in those nine games, five of which have come from the penalty spot. Not to be outdone, the lethal frontline of SAS (Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge) has supplied 11 goals in that time.
Anfield has been a fortress for Liverpool this season. The Reds are 14-1-1 at their famous home ground, with their only defeat coming all the way back on September 29th, 2013, which was also the last time they failed to score at least two goals at home.
Betting on Manchester City
Four points behind with two games in hand, Manchester City cannot afford to lose at Anfield to league-leaders Liverpool if it harbors hopes of winning a second Premier League crown in three seasons.
After some rocky away performances early in the season, City has now gone an impressive 10 games unbeaten (seven wins and three draws) on the road. In their last two away from home, the Citizens thrashed city rivals Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford and drew 1-1 at the Emirates against Arsenal. Arsenal’s goal was the first City has conceded to in its previous five away games.
Inspirational midfielder Yaya Toure has been in fine goalscoring form, with six goals in his last six games while striker Edin Dzeko has fired in four in five games. The City attack could get even stronger if Sergio Aguero (15 goals this season) can make his return after almost a month on the sideline.
It’s hard to bet against Liverpool with the way they’re playing at the moment, especially at home. With the Kop end ready to inspire a team that just can’t stop scoring, I’d say all signs point to another Liverpool home win.