Manchester City to just fall short in Champions League quarter final second leg with Liverpool

Liverpool produced a magnificent performance last Wednesday to take a giant step into the Champions League semi-finals, as the Reds ran out dominant 3-0 winners over Manchester City in the first-leg of their quarter-final, but Pep Guardiola's men have been the best team by a country mile in the Premier League this season, so they will fancy giving the Merseysiders a huge fright on Tuesday night, in what should be another enthralling 90 minutes.

  • Liverpool won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield
  • Sergio Aguero is set to return to starting line-up for Manchester City
  • Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 in last meeting at Etihad Stadium

Tuesday 10th April - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Manchester City v Liverpool    
Tips Manchester City to be leading at half-time    Best Bet @ 19 / 20  

How Will It Go?

Guardiola has all his eggs in a Champions League-shaped basket, as having had the opportunity to win the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday evening, he opted to rest a host of his key players, and it gave United the chance to come back from two goals down to win 3-2 in an epic match.

Jurgen Klopp did the same in Liverpool's Merseyside derby with Everton, as they played out a drab goalless draw, but he too rested his key players, but with the Etihad set to be rocking from the first whistle it's no surprise to see City installed as the 9/20 favourites with BetVictor, as they need to win, and win comfortably.

Dominant on home soil this season, City are sure to start on the attacking foot, like Liverpool did at Anfield, and with Mo Salah a potential doubt for Liverpool then they may not be able to unload all their attacking threats from the first whistle, and so City could dominate Liverpool for large parts of the game, and that's what the Reds are as big as 11/2 with William Hill.

The draw is unlikely, and hence it's so big at 4/1 with Betfair Sportsbook, but City should have enough firepower within their ranks to unsettle Liverpool, who are sure to sit back for a majority of the game, so a City win is the most likely outcome, but will they score enough goals to take the game to extra-time - will need to finish 3-0 - or will they come up short? The latter is most likely.
Match Odds:

Fast-Starting City Set To Put Pressure On

If City are going to achieve the unexpected then they have to rocket out of the traps, and their domination of possession could see Liverpool's sometimes shaky defence crumble in the first half, so with the odds for a City win far too short to get involved, then the half-time market is a much more attractive betting proposition.

Available at 19/20 with Ladbrokes, City to be winning at half-time looks a cracking bet, as they have shown what a sensational attacking side they are all season, and with Sergio Aguero likely to come back in then the Citizens should at least be a goal up at the break, if not two.
Half Time Odds:

Aguero To Score First At Etihad

Sergio Aguero made a 15-minute cameo in City's defeat to United at the weekend, but he is set to be unleashed from the outset by Guardiola on Tuesday night, as he is likely to replace Gabriel Jesus, and the Argentinean will be chomping at the bit to try and unsettle Virgil van Dijk in the Liverpool defence, and the 16/5 with Betfair for an Aguero first goal looks the best bet.

The Premier League's top scorer Salah is 7/1 with Unibet to open the scoring, but it's hard to see Liverpool getting enough territory in the early stages of the game, so it's City that can strike first and Aguero can ramp up the pressure on Reds fans, who are in for a tense evening in Manchester.
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Posted: Monday, 9th April 2018
Author: Steve Chambo

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