UEFA Champions League Betting Preview: Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Posted by Henry Watkins on Monday,April 9, 2018 1:33, EDT in

One of the toughest things about being a successful domestic football club is that you are forced into playing a lot more games than many of the teams that you will face. Over the years, we have seen teams on course to win everything falls apart in the later stages of the season. This is what is happening to Champions League betting favorites Manchester City right now, as they are on a poor run that could potentially see them lose their grip on another trophy. Yes, they are still going to be the champions of the English Premier League, but you know that they really wanted European success, too. They still might get that, but they have a huge deficit to overhaul if their dream of Champions League glory is to stay alive.

Liverpool was brilliant in the first leg of this tie, winning 3-0 in a performance that was as dominant as the score suggests. A goal in this one for Liverpool would all but kill this tie off, so don’t be surprised to see them go out and try and get one early. Will they get that killer goal, or will City mount a magnificent comeback?

UEFA Champions League Betting Preview: Manchester City vs. Liverpool

  • When: Tuesday, April 10 at 2:45 PM EST
  • Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: UEFA.com
  • UEFA Champions League Betting Odds: Manchester City -231

Why Should City be your Champions League Pick?

The Manchester City players must have walked off the pitch at Anfield last week stunned at what had just happened to them. Liverpool came out in that one with all guns blazing, going up 3-0 before the half-time break. Manchester City tried in vain to get a vital away goal in the second half but ran into a stubborn Reds defense. Things went from bad to worse on the weekend, as City squandered a 2-goal lead and a chance to clinch the title, falling 3-2 to rivals Manchester United at home.

They are still going to end up champions of the English Premier League but now they must be falling apart a little after a 4-day period that was certainly their worst of the season. Before you write City off completely, remember that they have only lost once at home this season, scoring 53 goals and conceding just 13 in 16 games.

Form Guide (Last 5 Matches)

  • Man. City 2-3 Man. United
  • Liverpool 3-0 Man. City
  • Everton 1-3 Man. City
  • Stoke 0-2 Man. City
  • Man. City 1-2 Basel

Possible Line-Up

  • 31-E. Moraes
  • 4-V. Kompany
  • 30-N. Otamendi
  • 2-K. Walker
  • 25-Fernandinho
  • 18-F. Delph
  • 8-İ. Gündoğan
  • 17-K. De Bruyne
  • 7-R. Sterling
  • 20-B. Silva
  • 10-S. Agüero

Why Should Liverpool be your Champions League Betting Pick?

Not even the most optimistic of Liverpool fans could have predicted how things would have played out in the opening leg. Up 3-0 at half-time, we were all left wondering whether Liverpool would keep their foot on the gas or whether they would play it safe in the second half. The latter option was the one they chose, and you have to say that manager Jurgen Klopp got everything right on the day. Liverpool will be well aware, though, that the job is only half done.

Liverpool come in as the Champions League Betting underdog for the second leg against Manchester City.

It certainly looked as though the players were thinking about this game on the weekend, as they put in a very lackluster performance in a 0-0 draw with Everton, a game that they were lucky to escape with a point. They will need to lay better than that on Tuesday to kill City off.

Form Guide (Last 5 Matches)

  • Everton 0-0 Liverpool
  • Liverpool 3-0 Man. City
  • Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
  • Liverpool 5-0 Watford
  • Man. United 2-1 Liverpool

Possible Line-Up

  • 1-L. Karius
  • 6-D. Lovren
  • 4-V. van Dijk
  • 26-A. Robertson
  • 66-T. Alexander-Arnold
  • 7-J. Milner
  • 5-G. Wijnaldum
  • 14-J. Henderson
  • 9-Roberto Firmino
  • 11-Mohamed Salah
  • 19-S. Mané

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The opening 20 minutes of this game is going to be absolutely crucial for City. If they can get an early goal we could be in for a great game. The danger here is that they are going to be left open to the counter-attack, which Liverpool play to perfection. The Reds go marching on here.

Score: Manchester City 2 – Liverpool 1