Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-0 in the pair’s Premier League meeting a week ago but punters can expect an altogether closer affair as the pair renew hostilities in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg.
That emphatic scoreline rather flattered Roberto Mancini’s men and their lengthening absentee list certainly opens the door for the Reds, who will head to the Etihad Stadium confident of obtaining a positive result, having watched Manchester United do just that on Sunday.
Nevertheless, City remain even money favourites at Boylesports to take a lead over to Anfield while Paddy Power price Kenny Dalglish’s side at 3/1 and Skybet post 12/5 against the match finishing all square.
An early strike settled City nerves in the league encounter but a more cagey start is likely in this one and Stan James offer evens for the opening goal to arrive after the 27th minute. Moreover, it’s a clash that looks set to produce fewer than 2.5 goals (9/10, Ladbrokes) and aided by home advantage, Mancini’s men could well grab the only one, a result Coral rate at 13/2.
Man City to beat Liverpool 1-0 – 13/2 (Coral)