Manchester City vs Liverpool – Premier League – Match preview and betting tips

The English Premier League continues on Monday night as Manchester City host Liverpool. The game is considered additionally significant, as both teams are tipped to battle it out against each other for the lucrative fourth spot in next season’s Champions League. Who will come out victorious in this epic match up? Read the match preview for the best betting tips and predictions for the game.

Manchester City Team News

Manchester City have spent £130 million so far this summer, spending more funds than any other club in the world, and now the pressure is on for Roberto Mancini’s side to get their first win of the season.

Mancini will have new £22 million recruit James Milner available to him, who has finally completed his long awaited move from Aston Villa. Teenage sensation Mario Balotelli, who scored a fabulous goal just 10 minutes into his debut against FC Timisoara in the Europa League qualifier, is rated as doubtful for tonight’s game though, as he has suffered a knock to his right knee.

At the same time Jerome Boateng, Aleksandar Kolarov, Wayne Bridge and Michael Johnson will all miss the game with injuries.

Liverpool Team News

Roy Hodgson has impressed so far since taking charge of Liverpool. He has had a successful summer by managing to snare England International Joe Cole on a free transfer and convincing both Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to stay at the club. Furthermore Liverpool impressed in their opening fixture against Arsenal and only a last minute mistake by goalkeeper Pepe Reina kept them from winning the game, despite playing with 10 men for most of the game.

Midfielder Christian Poulsen is set to make his debut in central midfield for the Reds, while the other Danish international defender Daniel Agger and Argentinean Javier Mascherano are rated as doubtful for the game.

Joe Cole will definitely miss the game due to suspension after his red card against Arsenal.

Match Preview

Both managers are known to have a cautious approach to the game. This was evident for Manchester City in their opening game of the season, as they lined up with three defensive midfielders, while keeping an array of attacking talent on the bench. On the other hand Roy Hodgson built his success at his previous club Fulham on a very solid and organised defensive foundation. Therefore we predict both teams to start the game cautiously, and we will likely not see either side take any unnecessary chances.

In addition a defeat for either would be considered a catastrophic result, as they are considered rivals for the last Champions League spot. Likely they are both fairly satisfied with a draw this early in the season and will not gamble to get three points.

Furthermore the both matches last season ended in a draw, the first game being a boring 0-0 draw at the Eastland’s and then a 2-2 tie at Anfield. Taking all of this into consideration, we recommend for you to bet on the draw.

Betting Tip and Prediction

Our betting tip will be a draw at odds 3.25 at 888 Sport
Our match prediction will be a 1-1 result at odds 6.50 at 888 Sport

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