As I’m sure you have seen in just about every football publication covering the opening Premier League weekend, Man City started the season as they ended the last with a dramatic win. Not quite as dramatic as the game that won them the title. Are we seeing a frailty in the blue side of Manchester? Or we’re Southampton just an exceptional force? Probably the former mixed with a good Southampton side who played well. In many ways Liverpool’s season has started from where they left off last season – being beaten by mediocre teams and lacking any real inspiration.
Home advantage counts for very little here as Man City are favourites for this encounter at 2.45 with Pinnacle. A draw could be a good bet with odds of 3.5 with Boylesports.
Liverpool go into this game on the back of mid-week exploits in the ‘much coveted’ Europa League. They were extremely lucky against Hearts, somehow managing to scrape a 1-0 victory after looking extremely uninspiring and lacklustre. A ‘well worked’ own goal registering for the reds. Admittedly it was a much weakened side, with Rodgers looking to rest key players for the big game against City. Rodgers will be disappointed to have seen in this game the Borini looks as if he could be an unlucky/not very good finisher as he hit the woodwork when it was easier to score. He did look in the similar mould to Suarez – as in he is always lively, can have moments of brilliance, but isn’t the most clinical finisher. Borini could be a good outside bet for first goal scorer with odds of 10s at BetVictor amongst others.
First game of the season saw Liverpool suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of West Brom where they looked shaky at the back – giving away two penalties. If they struggled to cope with Long and Odemwingie, it doesn’t bare thinking about what Tevez and Balotelli could inflict on them. Not least of all because Agger will be serving a suspension from his sending off.
Man City have had a full week of rest since there 3-2 victory over Southampton. They will however, be missing their star front man – Sergio Aguero – who suffered a knee injury at the weekend. Unfortunately City only have Balotelli or Dzecko to call upon so could struggle…….
All jokes aside, Aguero will be a big miss but definitely not irreplaceable as Tevez looks very sharp. Yaya Toure, as ever, will be City’s key man as the driving force from midfield. He could be a very good long shot for first goal scorer with odds of 13 at Bluesquare amongst others.
I think it’s going to be tough to look past Man City as they have a lot of talent and great strength in depth, whilst Liverpool are still trying to find their feet under Rodgers. Hopefully they will rise to the occasion and give City a real game. If not this could get ugly for the red half of Merseyside.