We are back with a bang with our EPL bet of the day in the form of this Man City v Liverpool prediction. Make no mistake, this is no April's fool as we have prepared the absolute best betting pick for this game, so hop on board and make some money with us. It's the early lunchtime fixture in the English Premier League and it's the perfect way to start off your weekend on a nigh note.
Liverpool Fighting For "Scraps"
City and Liverpool have been fighting for the domestic trophies for the past five years, and it has been a close fought battle up to this season. Obviously, this has been a disastrous campaign for the Reds as they are out of the Champions League, out of the title race in the Premier League, and out of the FA Cup. The only thing that Jurgen Klopp's men are chasing at this point is that 4th place in the final standings which would give them a place in next year's Champions League. A tournament so vital for the financial stability of all big clubs. Still, in light of all the success they had in recent years, battling for the last Champions League spot is what you would call "fighting for scraps".
Doing the Math
Liverpool are 7 points adrift from Tottenham (49 points), who currently occupy the 4th spot and there is also Newcastle sandwiched in between with 47 points. The good news for Merseyside is that they have two games in hand compared to Spurs, so they could potentially cut that lead down to just a single point. Similar to Liverpool, however, Newcastle have played 26 matches, so that's five points that the Reds have to make up for. Oddly enough, Newcastle are playing the other side from Manchester this weekend as they will host United in the evening game on Sunday. You could easily say that Liverpool have a much more difficult task as they are playing away against the much stronger opponent.
Pool's Chances - not great, not terrible
Bottom line is that Liverpool's chances of making the top four are not great, but as long as they have a shot, they should be trying their best to make it. In the context of this Man City v Liverpool prediction for April 1, 2023, the Reds will be in desperation mode going all out in this one. And you know how the saying goes:
Quick Look At the Betting Odds
Looking at the betting odds going into this Man City v Liverpool prediction, the Reds are huge underdogs here as the odds for an away win were at 6.20 yesterday, and now they've dropped a little bit to 5.40 (decimal). A win for City, which is the most likely outcome according to the bookies, pays off at 1.65, while the draw is stacked at 4.30.
Liverpool Team News
The positive news for Jurgen Klopp is that Luiz Diaz is expected to make the team. Obviously, he will not start as he has missed over three months, but even a short appearance in the second half could be huge for his team. He is a real spark plug for them and could make an instant impact if he can play. Darwin Nunez is also expected to feature. Diogo Jota is another forward set to make a return.
All in all, Klopp has plenty of firepower upfront with Salah, Gakpo, Nunez, Jota, Firmino, and Diaz. That's six top forwards competing for just three spots. The big issue for the Reds this year has been the lack of quality in midfield, and it's truly puzzling how the club's management allowed for such an unbalanced squad. They have so many options in attack and such a thin and unimpressive midfield.
Manchester City Team News
Haaland is set to miss this game against Liverpool, and that's the huge blow for Pep Guardiola. Obviously, a deep squad like City should have more than enough to make up for that, but it's still a huge loss given that the Norwegian has been on a goal scoring tear this season.
Manchester City v Liverpool Prediction
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Both Teams To Score @ 1.80 ✅
- Final Score: Man City v Liverpool 4:1
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