Liverpool’s week has been dominated by Philippe Coutinho’s huge transfer to Barcelona, and talk of how they might replace the Brazilian. Their own signing of Virgil van Dijk was a sign of ambition and the Reds have an ideal fixture to display their quality – on Sunday afternoon they welcome Manchester City.
The league leaders are unbeaten and threatening to surpass the Invincibles Arsenal team of 2003/04; the Gunners drew 12 times and claimed 90 points, while City already have 62 having won 20 of their 22 games to date. Should the Pep Guardiola juggernaut continue, the next target will be to set a new record total of points – currently it stands at 95, set by Chelsea in 2005.
Excitingly, Sunday will see the division’s top two scorers come together and if ever a both teams to score bet at Tipbet (1.45) looked likely, then surely this is the game. City, with 64 goals, have averaged just under three a game, and despite showing signs of weariness in recent weeks they have won nine of their past 10 in all competitions. Meanwhile they have the Premier League’s best defensive record and have benefited from the quick acclimatisation to English football by goalkeeper Ederson, who has proven a massive upgrade on Claudio Bravo.
One positive for Liverpool at Anfield is the fact that, regardless of the opposition, Pep Guardiola instructs his teams to play the same way. Unlike Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United that were overly defensive in October and came away with a goalless draw, City will offer space to attack. In addition, Van Dijk’s debut performance in the FA Cup against Everton – which he marked with a goal - suggested that the Reds are already stronger at the back.
With a 15-point advantage to their nearest rivals, City have all but won the league, but Liverpool are just three points ahead of Spurs in the race for the top four. Liverpool’s quality is shown in the fact that Tipbet rate them at 3.00 to be the first team to beat City in the league. However, with the visitors still grinding out results, Tipbet have the Blues as favourites at 2.25. A big range of other betting markets are available.