In one of the most-anticipated Champions League quarter-finals this season, Liverpool host Manchester City in an all-Premier League clash.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are hosts for the first leg and are the only team to beat Manchester City in the Premier League so far this season – 4-3 back in January, which included leading 4-1 going into the final 10 minutes.
Whilst some will mention that City won 5-0 at home earlier in the season and therefore have an 8-4 aggregate record in the league this season, the score at the Etihad was 0-0 prior to Sadio Mane’s controversial red card shortly before half-time.
Both teams are involved in local derbies on Saturday – Liverpool are at Everton and Manchester City can win the league at home to Manchester United. However, both are in a position to pay full attention to the Champions League and not overly care about the Premier League fixtures this weekend. City have a 16-point lead at the top and Liverpool are 10 points clear of Chelsea in the battle for qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
I am expecting a thriller in the first leg just as I predicted the last Premier League meeting would be. Two teams with below par defences against two of the best attacks in the world.
Mohamed Salah is running away with the Premier League Golden Boot this season, whilst Roberto Firmino has been ace since the turn of the year. Although Sadio Mane’s numbers are down on last season he is still a threat in attack. They could be supported by Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson in midfield, whilst Andy Robertson has a good cross from left-back.
Manchester City could be without Sergio Aguero who did not return from injury over the weekend. In his place, Gabriel Jesus did get among the goals but hasn’t been a huge threat when he’s played this season. However, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are scoring from the wings and Bernardo Silva has looked good the more he’s played this season.
Behind them, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have been creating opportunities for their teammates for fun under Pep Guardiola this season.
Expect a cracking game at Anfield on Wednesday and there’s easy money to be made.