This afternoon’s clash between last season’s Premier League top two sees two sides in very different form face each other at Anfield, but what are the best betting picks?
We’ve put together three bets, each at odds of 5/1 or better to take advantage of as you look forward to the game, with kick-off at 4.30pm GMT.
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Draw at half-time & full-time – 5/1
There is so much on the line in this game that both managers could be forgiven for playing with the handbrake on, a trend we’ve seen in more than a few meetings between the traditional ‘Big Six’ including the midweek match between Tottenham and Chelsea.
The fear factor will mostly come from the home side at Anfield, as they know a defeat more or less writes off their chances of retaining a Premier League title it took them three decades to win.
Many clashes between top two sides in Premier League history have resulted in a draw, but more than that, the game can often follow a similar pattern. Both sides keep each other at arm’s length until a mistake, then after a scores, it becomes attack against defence with the team who is behind aiming to get level, before it then reverts to cat-and-mouse. This makes it more likely that goals are equalised quicker and that puts the half-time and full-time draw at 5/1 into value territory.
Guardiola won’t mind locking up a point after United’s late draw with Everton last night. With the emphasis on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side to win, City may just rely on their strong defence featuring Ruben Dias and John Stones to see them through the Anfield test on level terms.
John Stones to score at any time – 16/1
Speaking of City’s strong defence, John Stones has been one of the stand-out performers in that back line in recent weeks and not just in helping The Citizens to keep clean sheets, either.
The former Everton and Barnsley centre-back has scored twice in just 12 Premier League appearances this season and often gets to second balls from knockdowns in the area from set pieces.
With the support of Ruben Dias in the centre of the City defence and two very quick full-backs, Stones has a lot of freedom from corners in particular, something Manchester City get penty of. With Liverpool’s defence in disarray in recent weeks, Stones is a best-priced 16/1 via the BetClever app and looks to be great value to add to his tally at Anfield.
Trent Alexander-Arnold to be sent off – 66/1
For a defender with 23 yellow cards in just 178 career appearances, Trent Alexander-Arnold has never been sent off in his career. Could that record come to an end on Sunday afternoon? There is evidence to suggest it might.
While the England right-back has shown a great deal of quality in his attacking game this season and last, he is frequently caught out of position and finds himself the wrong side of attacking players as they break down the flank. Against a team like Manchester City, whose left-sided wide men Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden love to get to the by-line and provide cut-backs, this is a recipe for disaster.
It may be an outside bet, but the 66/1 on offer for Trent to see red at Anfield matches the number on his back and during a season where Tomáš Souček and David Luiz have been sent off for accidental contact, the Liverpool man’s frequently clumsy defending puts him in danger of dismissal.
You can make all these bets before kick-off at Anfield, which is at 4.30pm GMT this afternoon by heading to the Bet 365 website right here.
May all your bets be live until the final whistle!
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