Kick Off: 1945, 10/04/2018
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Liverpool know that an away goal at Etihad Stadium would leave Manchester City fighting a losing battle in the second leg of their Champions League tie.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were superb going forward in the first half of the opening encounter at Anfield, building up a 3-0 advantage.
The Blues dominated possession after the break and will be hard to keep out on home turf.
However, we reckon 8/5 for the Reds to score in defeat will be enough to see the Merseyside outfit through in our Man City vs Liverpool betting predictions.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
Pep Guardiola insists this quarter-final clash is far from over, despite the below-par display at Anfield.
City were outworked and looked shaky at the back in the opening period, while they failed to register a shot on target even after picking up in the second half.
They will need to be at their clinical best, unlike on Saturday when they blew a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Manchester United.
“Of course to go through you have to make almost the perfect game, to create a lot of chances, be clinical, concede few chances,” said Guardiola. “And the chances we are going to receive – our keeper needs to save them. All the conditions have to be perfect to go through.”
The game will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season and Guardiola added: “We know each other. Maybe we will be closer to beating them.
“We cannot forget it is a simple game – just focus on every single minute. That is the best way to play. If we concede a goal, don’t give up.”
The Blues will take heart from having thrashed Liverpool 5-0 here in the Premier League back in September, but four of those goals came after Sadio Mane was sent off.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mane put Liverpool in control of this tie after a half an hour of scintillating play at Anfield.
Being without the steadying influence of the suspended Jordan Henderson for the return fixture is a concern, but Klopp will hope that Emre Can is able to fill that void following an injury lay-off.
Klopp insisted: “No-one was in the dressing room dancing around and celebrating after the half-time result. This leg is about 180 minutes or so.”
However, the German clearly fancies his team to pile on the pressure by hitting the target again at Etihad Stadium.
He added: “Being 3-0 down, City need to open a bit, so maybe we can use this, but I know it is not decided.”
Liverpool’s chances of doing that will be enhanced if 38-goal forward Salah is fit. The Egypt international’s groin problem was rested for Saturday’s Merseyside derby but he returned to light training on Sunday and is in contention for a return.
“He was yesterday with the athletic coach training,” said Klopp at Monday’s pre-match press conference. “We train at Melwood at 5pm (Monday) and then we have to wait for the reaction tomorrow and we will make a decision.”
Liverpool took a 2-0 lead to Manchester United in the Europa League a couple of seasons ago and eased any nerves by scoring just before the break to go in level at 1-1.
We’re finishing off our Man City vs Liverpool betting tips by taking 5/2 for both teams to net in the first half here too.
LIVERPOOL 3-0 MAN CITY – Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane
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