Another derby heads our way as Manchester City takes on Liverpool at Anfield this weekend. The Reds prepare to host the Sky Blues in what will be another highly anticipated contest between the two sides. As of this writing, Jurgen Klopp and his team sit on top of the table despite a surprise draw with Brentford last weekend. We expect the team to try and restore their momentum when they face the defending champions.
Meanwhile, City remains a point behind the league leaders. If Pep Guardiola gets the win here, they retake the top spot and give more life to their hopes of winning a sixth Premier League title.
That being said, NitroBetting makes sure you are up to date with the latest Premier League games, and this derby is no exception. Below, you find a complete preview of the Liverpool vs. Manchester City match, including event details, predicted lineups and essential team statistics, the latest Soccer odds, betting trends, and predictions. Be sure to check out for this and more sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook!
Liverpool vs. Manchester City 2021 EPL Game Info
- When: Sunday, October 3, 2021, 11:30 AM ET
- Where: Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
- TV: NBCSN
- Radio: BBC Radio 5 live
- Live Stream: NBCSports.com
- Soccer Odds: Manchester City (+134) / Liverpool (+185) / Draw (+244)
Why is Liverpool a safe bet to win?
Liverpool maintains their stand as one of the best Premier League teams this season and is here to stay. A recent draw against Brentford saw the team concede three goals. Nonetheless, this does not take away the fact that they remain unbeaten in the league. After collecting 14 points from 6 games and 0 losses, we are sure that Klopp wants his team to remain in form just before the international break.
In their efforts against Brentford, Liverpool conceded the first goal in the 27th minute but did well to respond following a 31st-minute goal by Diogo Jota. Mohammed Salah opened the scoring in the second half with a 54th-minute goal, while Brentford midfielder Vitaly Janelt evened out the scoreline in the 63rd minute. Curtis Jones responded to their opponent’s second goal right away at the 67th minute. From there on, it looked like Liverpool was on pace to win the game.
However, an 82nd-minute goal by Yoane Wissa kept the Reds on their toes again but did not have enough time to break the deadlock. Ultimately, it was a great display of skill for Liverpool, recording 68% possession, 561 passes on an 82% pass accuracy, and 6 shots on goal.
Liverpool has several injuries listed down, including Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita, and Thiago Alcantara. All three provide significant contributions, but their depth is enough to cover the gaps. Roberto Firmino, however, returned alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold in time for the match.
- GK: Alisson Becker
- RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold
- CB: Virgil van Dijk
- CB: Joel Matip
- LB: Andy Robertson
- CDM: Fabinho
- CM: Jordan Henderson
- CM: Curtis Jones
- RW: Mohamed Salah
- ST: Diogo Jota
- LW: Roberto Firmino
Why is Manchester City a safe bet to win?
Manchester City is a win away from the top of the table after a statement victory against Chelsea. Although they started slowly into the season, losing 1-0 to Tottenham in their opening game, the team did well to bounce back and win four of their five games, including a draw against Southampton.
In their most recent Premier League game, City dominated Chelsea and held onto 60% of the possession and was a pass short of completing 600 passes. It was a classic display of Pep tactics. Furthermore, City produced 15 shots and 4 shots on target. Gabriel Jesus broke the stalemate in the 53rd minute and scored the only goal of the match.
With the international break around the corner, both teams prefer to get the win. But, Pep might be happy with a draw considering they have to play in front of a raging Anfield crowd. Looking at the lineup, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan finds himself out of the starting lineup due to injury. Benjamin Mendy is now out of the roster, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is questionable. There are still questions on who starts in attack, but given Jesus’ recent numbers, we are likely to see the Brazilian upfront instead of Ferran Torres.
- GK: Ederson Moraes
- RB: Kyle Walker
- CB: Ruben Dias
- CB: Nathan Ake
- LB: Joao Cancelo
- CDM: Rodri
- CM: Ilkay Gundogan
- CM: Kevin de Bruyne
- RW: Bernardo Silva
- ST: Ferran Torres
- LW: Jack Grealish
Liverpool vs. Manchester City 2021 EPL Betting Trends
- Liverpool is 3-2-0 in their last 5 games.
- Liverpool scored 9 goals in their last 3 games.
- Liverpool conceded 3 goals in their last 3 games.
- Manchester City is 4-1-0 in their last 5 games.
- Manchester City scored 2 goals in their last 3 games.
- Manchester City conceded 0 goals in their last 5 games.
Liverpool vs. Manchester City Betting Prediction
Liverpool is almost unstoppable, especially against Manchester City in recent years. But since the start of the season, we’ve seen Pep develop better defensive measures that close more vulnerable points as they attack. If they perfectly execute this, we might even see the team get ahead of the Reds at one point. This narrows down the gap between the two teams, but Liverpool comes out as the slight favorite in this game. Having their roaring supporters by their side adds to their advantage as well. Ultimately, we enthusiastically await how the two teams perform this weekend.
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