EPL game of the week: Liverpool vs. Man. City

EPL game of the week: Liverpool vs. Man. City

Klopp vs. Guardiola: Who will cut down the gap to Chelsea?

By Alex Keble Dec 28, 2016

New Year's Eve sees Guardiola’s City travel to Liverpool for a match that will determine who stays in touch with Premier League leaders, Chelsea. What do statistics suggest is the best betting opportunity here? Read on to find out.

Manchester City’s visit to Liverpool (2.35*) on New Year’s Eve is arguably the most important title-race fixture of the season so far, but even with so much at stake neither Jurgen Klopp nor Pep Guardiola will hold back.

This should be a high-scoring game between two teams that prioritise attacking football and have struggled to defend consistently in 2016/17. At this point in time, Over 2.5 and 3 goals at 1.840* looks like the best betting opportunity.

There have been over 2.5 goals in each of the last nine league meetings between the two sides.

The statistics add significant weight to this theory. There has been over 2.5 goals in each of the last nine league meetings between these two sides and Liverpool, despite being unbeaten at Anfield this season, have seen 2.5 goals in 15 of their 22 matches in all competitions in 2016/17. Meanwhile, there have been over 2.5 goals in five of the last six Manchester City (3.19*) matches.

The main reason for this is that both Guardiola and Klopp favour a high line, with a high pressing system that uses attacking force as their main method of defence. Both teams will look to dominate the ball and close down all over the pitch, creating a wild end-to-end game reminiscent of the clashes we are used to seeing between these two managers. In eight previous meetings, Klopp vs. Guardiola has produced 22 goals (2.75 per game average).

John Stones is a minor doubt for this match, which only adds to the sense that Liverpool will net at least once. Aleksandar Kolarov and Nicolas Otamendi have looked shaky all campaign, as have their counterparts Ragnar Klaven and Dejan Lovren.

Given that both sides are in free-flowing form up-front (Liverpool put four past Stoke City on Tuesday night and City scored three at Hull City on Boxing Day) this match will more than likely be a goal fest. Get into the action with Pinnacle’s unbeatable Premier League odds

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