Fireworks are expected when Manchester City face champions-elect, Liverpool, at the Etihad Stadium on July 2, 2020.
Manchester City officially bowed out of the title race after the Citizens dropped a 1-2 contest to Chelsea one day after Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 in their last league match. The Reds’ win coupled by the Citizens’ loss meant that the Reds are uncatchable with still seven matches left to play. On the other hand, Manchester City is looking to salvage a runner-up finish after yielding its title to Liverpool. The Citizens are eight points ahead of Leicester City and a win on July 2nd will put them closer to clinching 2nd place.
Manchester City looks to secure second place in the English Premier League as host the squad that has taken away their English title. The Citizens are infirm second place with a total of 63 points from 20 wins, 3 draws, and 8 losses. They are 8 points up on third place Leicester City and nine points ahead of Chelsea in the EPL table.
In their most recent outing last Thursday, Manchester City looked like a mess as they committed silly mistakes to help Chelsea pull off the 2-1 win. Christian Pulisic opened the scoring for Chelsea but Kevin Bruyne even the score for City after the break. A costly handball error gave Chelsea a penalty and sent off one of City’s central defenders. The loss handed the English title to Liverpool who won their assignment the previous day.
Sergio Aguero leads Manchester City’s scoring with a total of 16 goals scored this season. Raheem sTerling has found the back of the net 12 times this year while Kevin De Bruyne has netted 10 times this term. Bruyne also leads the team with a total of 16 assists on the year while Riyadh Mahrez has 8 assists and 9 goals. Bernardo Silva has contributed five goals and seven assists for the Citizens.
Manchester City is the most prolific goal-scoring team in the Premier League this season with a total of 77 goals scored. They are 5th in goals conceded with a total of 33 goals allowed this term. They rank 2nd in passing with a total of 55 assists on the year and are also 2nd in goal difference at +44.
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/01/2020
Liverpool clinched their first English Premier League title since 1990 after Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea last Thursday. The Reds are currently on top of the table with 86 points from 28 wins, 2 draws, and one loss. They are a huge 23 points on top of second-place Manchester City and with seven games left to play in the season, they are unassailable at the top of the standings.
The Reds have played two games since the restart of the season. They were held to a scoreless draw against Everton in their first outing and then they blanked Crystal Palace 4-0 in their most recent outing. Liverpool has been very consistent this season as they have dropped only 7 out of a possible 93 points this season. However, with the title in the bag, it remains to be seen what kind of effort they will bring the rest of the way.
Mohamed Salah leads the Reds with a total of 17 goals this season while Sadio Mane has netted 15 times. Robert Firmino has scored a total of eight goals this year and has contributed seven assists for the team. Trent Alexander-Arnold leads Liverpool with a total of 12 assists this term while Andy Robertson has 8 assists and one goal.
Liverpool is the best defensive team in the English top-flight with only 21 goals allowed this season. They are ranked 2nd in scoring with 70 goals scored and are also #1 in passing with a total of 56 assists. The Reds’ have the best goal difference in the EPL this season at +49.
Thanks to their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, the Reds clinched their first English Premier League title since 1990. That means that they are brimming with confidence heading to Manchester. Jurgen Klopp has a full starting XI to choose from and the Reds will be looking to put the icing on the cake to a successful campaign.
Meanwhile, Man City is expected to play with all guns blazing. The Citizens want to prove themselves against the team which will take over their crown and there is no doubt that Pep Guardiola’s squad will be out for revenge here.
Manchester City has won its last seven home matches in league play and 11 out of their last 15 home games this season. They are also unbeaten in 70 out of their last 81 games across all competition. On the other hand, Liverpool has won 51 out of their last 65 matches across all competition and they have been victorious in 12 out of their last 15 away games in the English Premier League.
Liverpool won the reverse fixture between these teams as they scored two goals in the first 13 minutes of play and won 3-1. The Reds though have nothing to play for with the 2020 English Premier League title already in the bag for them. Meanwhile, City not only wants to avenge that defeat but also wants to prove themselves after losing their title. I expect Pep Guardiola’s men to come up with a better effort here. Look for a strong performance by Manchester City and expect them to pull off the victory here.
Prediction: Manchester City (+109)
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/01/2020
23 of Manchester United’s matches this season have seen a total of over 2.5 goals. They have scored at least two goals in 36 out of their last 48 matches across all competition. 21 out of Liverpool’s 31 matches this term have gone over the 2.5 total. Liverpool has scored at least two goals in 46 out of their last 65 matches across all competition. And four out of the last five head to head games between these two teams had over 2.5 goals. Both teams are excellent goal-scoring teams and this should be an evenly fought contest between two potent offensive teams.
Prediction: Over 2.5 goals -175 at Bet365 as of 6/30/20