Liverpool vs Manchester City Odds, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Henry Watkins on Wednesday,December 28, 2016 11:51, EST in

The holiday season in England is a great time for football fans, as it becomes something of a gauntlet for all the teams in the Premier League. There are a lot of gams crammed into a very short time period, and it’s a time of year that has been known to make or break a title challenge. All the teams that are currently in the thick of the title race have made it through the holiday period largely unscathed, but that might well change on Saturday when Manchester City head to Anfield to take on Liverpool. The Reds are 6 points back of Chelsea at the top, while City are 7 back, so the importance of this game really cannot be overstated. These are two very similar teams in that they play an exciting brand of attacking football, but with disaster just waiting to happen on defense. While top of the table clashes often tend to be cagey affairs, this is one where we might just be treated to a lot of goals. Let’s take a look at the soccer odds for the game.

Liverpool vs Manchester City Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, December 31 at 12:30 EST
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
TV: NBCSN
Radio: Liverpool / Manchester City 
Live Stream: BT Sport 1
EPL Odds: TBA

Why bet on the Manchester City?

City came flying out of the gate to start the season, but they have seen their fortunes shift in recent weeks, losing games that you would ordinarily believe they should have no problem winning. They do seem to be on the rebound now, winning 3 in a row after losing back to back games to Chelsea and Leicester. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of their current run is that they have only given up a single goal in those 3 games, which is a massive improvement over the 7 that they gave up in the previous two. This is a defense that still looks very vulnerable at times, though, and Liverpool are a team that can expose those weaknesses brilliantly.

Why bet on the Liverpool?

Liverpool are following a similar pattern to City in recent weeks, and are also coming into this game on a 3-game winning streak. This followed a pair of games where they were not at their best, giving up a 2-goal lead to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth, followed by a 2-2 tie against struggling West Ham. Those results may actually be a perfect representation of this team, as it shows how they can seemingly score goals at will, yet always be in danger due to a porous defense. Having Simon Mignolet back in goal appears to have steadied the ship a little, as they have scored 8 and conceded only 1 in their last 3 games. Liverpool should be confident heading into this one, as they beat City 3-0 at the Etihad in their last meeting.

Liverpool vs Manchester City Pick:

As I said earlier, these are a pair of teams that play a very similar style of football, so I would not be surprised to see them cancel one another out. This, for me, has all the makings of a high-scoring draw.

Liverpool 2 Manchester City 2