The bubbles are on ice, the countdown is on, and the fireworks are set to welcome in 2017. But before we celebrate New Year tonight there will be plenty of sparks flying when Liverpool and Manchester City go toe-to-toe at Anfield. Although it’s hard to pick a winner in this clash – in the last seven matches between the two sides City have won four and Liverpool have won three – one thing is for certain, there should be goals. In the last 12 matches between the two sides, 11 of them have featured over 2.5 goals as both teams find the net faster than a school of suicidal fish.
Incredibly, four of the last 12 clashes between Liverpool and City have ended 3-0, with both teams claiming a couple of wins each. Most recently at Anfield in March, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Robert Firmino did the damage as City travelled back up the M62 licking their wounds and kissing the league crown goodbye. It’s 22/1 for Liverpool to dish out another 3-0 hammering in front of the Kop, and 35/1 for City to gain revenge by the same scoreline.
It’s great news for the neutral who need some entertainment tonight before Jools Holland rolls onto our screens, and we’re hoping to see off 2016 in style by backing over 4.5 goals at an optimistic 7/2.
Top of the Klopps
No team in the top flight comes close to Liverpool’s scoring power this season, as Jurgen Klopp’s men have averaged a massive 2.5 goals a game. That might give Pep Guardiola nightmares but City fans can breath a sigh of relief though as Philippe Coutinho looks set to miss the game with an ankle injury. The tricky Brazilian has five goals in six games against City so his absence is a huge let-off for John Stones and co.
With Coutinho likely to be out, it might be worth plumping for Firmino to open the scoring at 6/1. He found the onion bag against Stoke on Tuesday and has two goals in the last two league meetings against Man City. To truly end the year in style we’re throwing an optimistic 1 on Firmino to score first and Liverpool to win 3-2 at 75/1.