Liverpool v City: Paddy Power specials
- 24 December 2013 10:33
- Posted by @MCFC
The best odds from Paddy Power ahead of City's top-of-the-table clash against Liverpool...
After the turkey and ham overload of Christmas Day, it’ll be nice to get back to the football on Boxing Day and the cherry on top of a festive feast is undoubtedly the clash of Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.
After some wobbles, City are now on a run of nine games unbeaten and starting to hit their stride with more regularity.
Liverpool have been confounding expectations by keeping up with the pacesetters through to Christmas and with both teams capable of playing some scintillating football, we may well be treated to a Christmas cracker.
It promises to be an entertaining game and one that Paddy Power, official bookmaker to Manchester City, make the hosts favourites to win. City are 3/4 to win the game with the draw priced up as a 14/5 chance.
The could yet be a good result for City fans as it could trigger a huge Money-Back Special Refund for the Irish bookie.
If this match ends as a draw, we'll refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles on the match. It’s not the result City fans would like, but it’s also a nice insurance plan to have in the back pocket if everything doesn’t quite go to plan.
The last three games in all competitions between the two teams have ended in 2-2 draws and it’s 10/1 they serve up four of a kind with the same scoreline on Thursday.
In reality however, City’s imperious home form means anything other than a win will feel like a missed opportunity and there’s plenty of evidence both from the past and present to support that opinion.
First up is their strong record at home to Liverpool in the league in recent seasons. The Citizens are unbeaten in four league games at home to the Reds, winning two of those by comprehensive 3-0 scorelines.
City are 16/1 to win 3-0 this time around and given their impressive home record, that isn’t out of the question. They’ve a 100% home record in the league this term, averaging just under 4.5 goals a game across their eight home games thus far.
The Blues have scored at least three goals in ten of their 11 league wins this season, going to town on such fierce rivals as Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.
They’re a tempting 9/2 to score four or more goals against Liverpool.
City will again be without their leading goalscorer, but the good news is they can turn to a couple of players with form against Liverpool.
Also no stranger to finding the back of the next against Brendan Rodgers’ men is Yaya Toure and combined with his run of goalscoring form this season, he has to be considered one of City’s main threats in Aguero’s absence.
The Ivoirian scored the last of his picture perfect free-kicks on Saturday against Fulham and he has also scored in his last two starts against Liverpool.