Kick-off: 1500, 04/08/2019
TV: BT Sport
Liverpool and Manchester City both finished outstanding campaigns on a high last term and are pretty evenly-matched on recent head-to-head encounters.
However, we just feel Pep Guardiola will be hungrier for Community Shield success than Jurgen Klopp at Wembley at the start of the new season.
The Blues can be backed at 19/20 to prevail in normal time and that is our initial Liverpool vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool couldn’t quite wrestle the Premier League title away from City, despite closing with nine straight victories in that competition.
However, a sixth Champions League triumph brought them ample compensation, with Barcelona beaten 4-0 in a memorable semi-final second leg before a 2-0 defeat of Tottenham in the decider.
A lack of high-profile summer signings is understandable after the Reds spent big over the past two years, but of more concern here is the fitness of key players called up for international tournaments.
Sadio Mane is Liverpool’s sole absentee, but Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino only returned to training this week after their Africa Cup of Nations and Copa America involvement, so are likely to have reduced roles.
Injuries to Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita also contributed towards a disappointing pre-season tour of the United States, leaving Klopp’s side under a bit of a cloud.
Looking at the Liverpool vs Man City odds, we like 2/1 for the Blues to lead at half-time and full-time.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City also had plenty of representatives at those international events, with strike duo Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus going deep into the Copa America and Riyad Mahrez leading Algeria to AFCON glory.
However, Guardiola has far greater strength in depth at his disposal in our book and was still able to field a strong side in the Asia Trophy.
The Blues were relentless in securing a domestic treble last term, winning 14 consecutive Premier League matches to hold of Liverpool by a point and then thrashing Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final.
They had started the campaign with a dominant display in beating Chelsea 2-0 to lift this trophy and Guardiola’s incredible desire to acquire more and more silverware shows no sign of wearing off.
Filling the void left by the departure of inspirational club captain Vincent Kompany will be tough, but £62.8million midfielder Rodri can help share the workload with an ageing Fernandinho in the engine room.
The Blues won 2-1 when these teams last met in January and 8/1 for a repeat of that scoreline completes our Liverpool vs Man City betting tips.
Everybody bar Fernandinho is now available for City, although Claudio Bravo, who missed most of last season with an Achilles injury, will start between the posts ahead of Ederson, who has only just returned to training.
Tottenham 0-2 LIVERPOOL – Mohamed Salah (pen), Divock Origi
MAN CITY 6-0 Watford – David Silva, Gabriel Jesus (2), Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling (2)
Head-to-head: Man City 2-1 Liverpool, Liverpool 0-0 Man City, Man City 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-0 Man City, Liverpool 4-3 Man City, Man City 5-0 Liverpool
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