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Not much can be said about Liverpool this year, except mixed and perhaps disappointing performance. The team is currently taking the 7th place in the League, and from the looks of it will not be able to grab a Top 4 spot this season as well. Despite the fact that Liverpool managed to win the first match of this semi-final with 1:0 on Etihad Stadium, the team tied their Premier League game against Stoke City at home, and lost to Bolton on Saturday with 1:3. The good news for Liverpool is that the statistics on Anfield is close to perfect with just one loss to Manchester City, back in 2003 with 1:2. Since then the team has recorded 6 victories and 3 draws against the Citizens. Suarez continues to be out of the field due to his suspension, which is affecting Liverpool’s performance greatly.
Manchester City managed to get hard victory against Tottenham this Sunday with 3:2 and remained unbeaten at home. The show was close to its end when Defoe, missed to score for 2:3 in the Citizens’ net. A few minutes later, Mario Balotelli was tripped in the penalty area, received a penalty and formed the end result 3:2, after scoring. The team is convincingly leading in Premier League with 54 points, 3 ahead of United, and can put some extra effort in this match as well, to reach the final, which would be against a team from the Championship. With the absence of Yaya and Kolo Toure the team seems a bit weaker in defense, but Mancini has long enough bench to manage to win this match without them. Now that Balotelli is back the duo Aguero & Balotelli can work its magic again, as Aguero & Dzeko have not been as successful.
Previous games between Liverpool and Manchester City:
27/11/2011 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 1:1
11/04/2011 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 3:0
21/11/2009 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 2:2
22/02/2009 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 1:1
04/05/2008 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 1:0
25/11/2006 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 1:0
26/02/2006 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 1:0
21/08/2004 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 2:1
11/02/2004 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 2:1
03/05/2003 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 1:2
09/09/2000 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 3:2
28/10/1995 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 6:0
28/12/1994 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 2:0
22/01/1994 Premier League Liverpool vs. Man City 2:1
Despite what statistics shows, we should rely on the current momentum build up by the two teams. Liverpool with Suarez’s absence and the recent losses looks very shaky and unconvincing. On the other hand Manchester City, with their thrill victory this Sunday, and their place on top of the table, should give them the necessary boost to get a victory here after 9 years. Back Manchester City to win this match at 17/10 with William Hill
Despite the firepower of City, Liverpool will do everything possible to break their attacks and keep their advantage from the first match. The Under 2.5 Goals bet has a reasonable price and should be preferred over the away victory. Back this match to end Under 2,5 Goals at 4/6 with William Hill