class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With the Reds missing their inspirational leader at the back, Al Hain-Cole is backing Sterling to come up with a big goal at the Etihad on Sunday
Manchester City welcome Premier League champions Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon and if previous editions are to go by, this could be a fruitful outing for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Indeed, the last three times these teams have met at Eastlands in the league has seen the Citizens win this fixture 5-0, 2-1 and 4-0, and there is set to be yet more goals this time around.
Having put 11 goals past Liverpool in the last three Premier League encounters on home soil, City will be confident of taking advantage of Virgil van Dijk’s absence at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
With Sergio Aguero doubtful due to injury, Raheem Sterling will be aiming to step up and lead the attack against the club he left in 2015.
The England international came back to haunt the Reds for the first time in the league in a 4-0 win last time out and is his side’s 4/1 (5.00) favourite with bet365 to break the deadlock, or available at 20/21 (1.95) to score anytime.
However, Gabriel Jesus is pushing for a recall after making a goal-scoring from injury against Olympiakos in midweek and can be backed at 21/20 (2.05) to hit the net yet again here.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring from the penalty spot in July’s meeting here and is priced at a solid 7/4 (2.75) to get on target once more in high profile circumstances.
Although weakened in defence, Jurgen Klopp’s men looked as dangerous as ever up front in Tuesday’s 5-0 Champions League away win over Atalanta.
Having grabbed his ninth goal of the season already in Bergamo, the Egyptian star is a strong 4/1 (5.00) bet to get the ball rolling here – not to mention 20/21 (1.95) anytime odds.
Joining his usual partner in crime on the scoresheet in midweek, Sadio Mane is on offer at 21/20 (2.05) to add to his seven-goal tally for the season here.
Roberto Firmino’s usual place in the famous front three is under threat from new signing Diogo Jota, who is a potentially lucrative 13/8 (2.63) longer shot after scoring seven times in just his first five starts for the champions.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.