There is a massive match-up on Thursday to conclude round 21 of the Premier League, when Manchester City will host Liverpool. We don’t need to make much of an introduction to this match, as it is more than clear that it will shape the league. If Liverpool get as much as a single point here they would make a huge step towards the title.
Date/Time: 1-3-2019, 15:00 EST
Spread: Liverpool +0.5
Total: 2.75 Goals
Manchester City (15-3-2) finally broke out of their slump on Sunday when they beat Southampton by 3-1 on the road. They made a great start in that match and took the lead at the 10th minute. Their opponents pulled even at the 37th minute but scored an own goal at the 45th to give the lead to City once again. Manchester City scored another goal before the first half was over with Aguero to eventually win by 3-1. They really needed that win as prior to that they met consecutive losses to Leicester and Crystal Palace. Manchester City are still sitting at the 3rd spot of the Premier League with 47 points, one behind Tottenham and seven behind Liverpool. They have the best offense in the league with 54 ggoals and the 2nd best defense with 16 conceded. They have only lost once at home (9-1-0), where they have scored 35 goals and have conceded just 9. Moreover, they have three wins and a loss at home in other competitions.
On the other hand, Liverpool (17-0-3) recorded yet another win, their eighth in succession, when they blasted Arsenal by a massive 1-5 at home. The match did not start in the best possible way for Liverpool, as Arsenal took the lead at the 11th minute. But Liverpool quickly recovered from the shock as Firmino scored twice in the next five minutes to give Liverpool the lead. They were already leading by 1-4 by the end of the first half and sealed off with a third goal by Firmino at the 65th minute for the final 1-5. Liverpool have now won eight in a row in all competitions and kept five clean sheets in that span. They are still comfortably sitting at the top of the league table with 54 points, six ahead of Tottenham and seven ahead of Manchester City. They have the 2nd best offense with 48 goals and the best defense with just 8 conceded. They have been equally good on the road so far (8-0-2) and have won each of their last four for the league.
The two rivals split the points in a goal-less draw in Liverpool earlier in the season. Last season they exchanged home wins with City blasting Liverpool by a massive 0-5 at home before falling by 3-4 on the road. They also met in the Champions League quarter-finals where Liverpool won both matches.
This must be the most important match of the season for both teams, as the title will most likely end up in the hands of one or the other. Manchester City are dying for a win that would bring them closer to the top again, while Liverpool would be happy with a draw here. In any case, I will take the Over 2.75 Goals here, in what should be a physical match.
Premier League Manchester City vs Liverpool Prediction: Over 2.75 Goals (-121)
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