It’s way too early in the season for Manchester City and Liverpool’s clash at the Etihad to mean much in the title race, but that should not stop this match from being another free-scoring classic.
The Reds’ 3-2 win at Anfield in April was the standout game of the campaign, and demonstrated the attacking quality in both teams that saw each hit a century of league goals last term.
City ended up with 102 to Liverpool’s 101, second and third in the Premier League record books respectively, while Real Madrid were the only side in Europe’s major five leagues to boast more last year with 104.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are 5/6 to win at the Etihad, with the visitors priced at 16/5 and the draw 29/10, but whatever the result, expect plenty of goalmouth action.
Even in years when the pair were not amongst the most prolific scorers in Europe they have generally provided plenty of excitement.
Last season’s 3-2 and 2-1 wins for Liverpool and City respectively were preceded by three 2-2 draws.
With goals being split fairly evenly between the two sides, backing both teams to score at 4/7 looks like buying money.
When you consider that Liverpool failed to score in just three league games last year, and City a mere four, this punt seems nailed on to land.
Backing over 3.5 goals at 29/20 is also a wise choice, as it would have landed in four of their last five encounters, and six of City’s last nine league matches running back into last season.
Both teams will be aiming to shore up their defences this season, as Chelsea’s unforgiving back-line could give the Blues an edge in the title race otherwise.
However, Brendan Rodgers and Pellegrini are unlikely to have got their back four completely settled so early in the campaign, and two of Europe’s most exciting sides will surely throw caution to the wind once again.