Seemingly unafraid of slipping into cliché mode, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson insisted this week that the Reds have got to take each game as it comes and that the colossal showdown with Manchester City isn’t necessarily a title-decider but with only five matches of the campaign remaining, for Brendan Rodgers’s troops anyway, it’s hard not to feel that the winner will go on to be crowned champions.
Aided by home advantage, Liverpool are William Hill’s 6/4 favourites to rack up a tenth win on the bounce and edge closer to their first top flight crown since 1990 while Manuel Pellegrini’s men are 19/10 at bet365 to collect a crucial three points at Anfield, where BetVictor post 27/10 against it finishing all square.
Three of the last four league and cup meetings between the pair have finished two-each, a result that’s available at a high of just 12/1 (BetVictor) on this occasion and Paddy Power price any score draw at 16/5. However, Rodgers’s charges have won 14 of their 16 matches on their own turf and given their momentum at present, they might just edge a close encounter.
Bet365 offer 10/1 about them registering a 2-1 success, Skybet rate the Reds at 10/3 to come out on top by a one-goal margin and it’s 3/1 at betway for the hosts to prevail in a contest that sees both teams find the net.
Luis Suarez meanwhile, has struck six times in six outings so he’ll be well backed at 5/1 (Winner.com) to break the deadlock and simultaneously reach the magical 30-goal mark for the season. At the other end, big-game player Yaya Toure looks a cracking bet at 11/4 with Ladbrokes to notch at any time.