Harry de Cosemo delves into our brand new Match Predictor pools by taking a look at the tantalising Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. This week sees a £10,000 Pick 8 check out Harry’s selections and join his Syndicate.
Premier League predictor: Man City vs. Liverpool
What will the correct score be?
Our syndicate has maxed out on the correct score leg of the Match Predictor, which reflects how tough this top of the table Premier League game is to call. The trend of these fixtures in Premier League games, particularly since Guardiola and Klopp ramped up competition, has been the home side coming out on top. Liverpool have lost on their last three trips to the Etihad and failed to win with the Catalan in the home dugout at all.
However, City have only scored nine goals in five league games so far, suggesting that it may be a tight affair with fewer goals than normal. The Reds have conceded more league goals than anyone, though, proving that this one could go either way.
Selections: 3-1, 2-0, AOH, AOD, 0-2, 1-2, AOA
Will a penalty be taken?
We’re going to cover the bases here but the truth is that VAR and new handball rules make it more likely than before. There have been 36 spotkicks given, at the time of writing, this season, which is already more than a third of last year’s total. However, maintaining the safety net of having either on the ticket can make a huge difference to our chances of a successful outcome.
There have been two penalties awarded in the last five meetings, both to Manchester City but James Milner did score from the 12 yards the last time Liverpool took something from the Etihad.
Selections: Yes, No
Will a player be sent off?
A similar principle applies here, both in terms of VAR and having bases covered. Red cards seem to fit these games well, given what is often at stake. Without any crowd though, the intensity and pressure is undoubtedly compromised. There really are factors which support backing a red card and opposing it. The last one shown in this fixture came in 2017, when Sadio Mane was sent off for a high boot on Ederson as City won 5-0.
Selections: Yes, No
Will a goal be scored in the 1st half?
All but one of the last six meetings between City and Liverpool have included a goal in the first half. As suggested, goals may not be something you can take for granted this time, but these games are usually quick out of the blocks and we think that this is a good shout here.
How many corners will be taken by Man City?
Manchester City should, theoretically, have more corners because they will be dominating the ball. Against Olympiacos, they managed seven, while taking five against Sheffield United last week. They will keep up a similar average against Liverpool on Sunday.
Selections: 5, 6
How many corners will be taken by Liverpool?
Liverpool racked up seven corners of their own against Atalanta in the week but prefer to supply crosses from open play. They only registered one against West Ham, and without the height of Virgil van Dijk, they will be less effective as an attacking mechanism for the Reds.
Selections: 3, 4
How many cards will be shown to Man City?
Neither of these sides have a particularly bad disciplinary record but, with everything on the line in this early season clash, something could change. Three yellow cards could be above average for City for one game, adding to their total of nine, but they have a number of explosive players in their side.
How many cards will be show to Liverpool?
The same goes for Liverpool, who have been booked just five times collectively in the league. Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez are reigniting a feud from last season’s meeting at Anfield while red cards, as mentioned above, are also possible. Don’t forget that the coaching staff can also be carded, too.
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